Week 50 – Agatha Christie

I’ve always loved a good old classic detective story. You know the kind where the reader is presented a set of suspects, follows a detective and gets the same clues. Eventually, the detective gathers the suspect to reveal how the murder was done. At that point, if you’re as smart as the detective, you should know who’s the killer.

Agatha Christie’s stories are probably the best example of such stories.

While I’ve actually read only one of her novels, I’ve seen plenty of adaptations of her stories on TV. In particular, I’ve always been a fan of the ones with Hercule Poirot.

For this week, I would really have loved to take a photo inspired by my favorite Hercule Poirot story, Death on the Nile… But that’s not really an option in Northern Finland at the start of winter. (And I’ve already done the Egyptian Elves in the Snow.)

So instead I decided to go with probably the most famous one, Murder on the Orient Express. The snowy environment being much more fit. To get some inspiration for this week, I decided to (re-)watch a couple of the film adaptations of Agatha Christie’s work.

A few weeks ago, I re-watched the classic 1974 movie, the TV adaptation with David Suchet and the latest adaptation with Kenneth Branagh that I still hadn’t seen. Then I had to re-watch Death on the Nile of course (both the 1978 movie and the version with David Suchet). Since then I’m stuck in binge-watching the whole TV series with David Suchet. (Just started season 4 this weekend…)

Photographing Poirot

Agatha Christie wasn’t an easy one. In many ways, Poirot is quite the complete opposite of me. In particular, he’s meticulous, obsessed with order and exults confidence (to a point where it’s just boasting) while I am more careless and suffer from heavy imposter syndrome.

For this reason, I really wanted to take a photo inspired by her detective. But this was quite challenging with Minidolls. Indeed their silhouette is quite the opposite of the one usually associated with Poirot.

So instead of trying to have a figure resembling Poirot, I just tried to find which of my Elves was most likely to be a great detective. I decided to pick Azari who had already been playing the detective for my review of the Collectible Minifigures 19.

Azari making good use of her little grey cells.
Azari Poirot ready to embark on the Polar Express!

Fun Fact

Do you know that Agatha Christie acts as a link between Ingrid Bergman, Walt Disney, J.K. Rowling, and Alfred Hitchcock?

The 1974 adaptation of Murder on the Orient Express features Ingrid Bergman and Anthony Perkins (who played Norman Bates in Hitchcock’s Psycho). The 1978 version of Death on the Nile features Angela Lansbury who voiced Mrs. Potts in Beauty and the Beast (and also played in Gaslight alongside Ingrid Bergman). The film also features Maggie Smith (Professor McGonagall in the Harry Potter movies). In the adaptation with David Suchet, the role of Angela Lansbury is played by Frances de la Tour who portrayed Madame Maxime in Harry Potter.

I wonder how many such links we could make from all the human beings on the list of SiPgoes53?

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I loooove the photo with the train. I love how the tracks seem to be actually going from somewhere to somewhere, you don’t see them ending/starting in the photo, the colors are so beautiful and it’s just such a good photo! I built the train recently and was wondering if it was possible to photograph it in a reasonable way and this is IT! So amazing :)