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Holmes, Sweet Holmes: 10 Great Movie and TV Sherlocks

According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the legendary sleuth is the most oft-portrayed character in cinema

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ELLE-EMM
ELLE-EMM

Am I the only one who didn't realize that two different people played Watson in the series with Jeremy Brett?  I've seen them all several times and hadn't noticed!  I feel slow...

jmacleve
jmacleve

Jeremy Brett WAS Sherlock Holmes.  No one else even comes close.

resha.ru
resha.ru

"On 20 February 2006 Livanov became an Honorary MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) "for service to the theatre and performing arts"."


Cumberbatch is really awesome, but you know, there is one more Sherlock, Vasiliy Livanov perfect Russian actor. And he got that medal.


Besides, "The daughter of Arthur Conan Doyle Jean Conan Doyle once commented that her father would approve Livanov as Holmes."


More than that, "photograph of Livanov as Sherlock Holmes is displayed at theSherlock Holmes Museum on Baker Street."


And finally, yes, he really is good Sherlock - smart, funny, sarcastic and sometimes pretty hard to be understanded by surrounding people.


Bad work, Time.

WilliamRaab
WilliamRaab

Jeremy Brett-The definitive Sherlock Holmes. All the rest pale in comparison.

TheCaz64
TheCaz64

Sherlock Holmes has got to be in the top five fictional characters ever created (after God the father, God the mother, son of god, and Gollum-Frankenstein's monster).  Every day some incantation of Sherlock is on TV or film.

aniga
aniga

There was a movie one of the actors from My Best Friend's Wedding did.... wait a second... Ah yes, his name was or is I shall say; Rupert Everett. I think he did a great job in the silk stocking case.

anshlag
anshlag

@Kuznetsov They have no idea who Livanov is. Everything that's not American or British might as well not exist.

Livanov IS the best Holmes ever.

Anonymous4444
Anonymous4444

Benedict Cumberbatch, without question. I mean, sure, if you're looking for the Sherlock Holmes that Conan Doyle wrote about, then one of the other guys would be a good pick. But Cumberbatch turns Sherlock into a real CHARACTER. I read several of the original books, and Sherlock doesn't really have that much of a personality. He's really just... smart. In the BBC show, however, Sherlock is a multi-layered person. He's a narcissistic jerk on the surface, but dig deeper, and he's got lot's of pressure-points. He's someone who still (SPOILERS!) isn't over the death of the puppy he had as a little boy. He's someone who would sacrifice anything for his best friend (or so the writers say, I say lover) John Watson. Now I'm not saying that's all the result of Benedict Cumberbatch being cast, it's mainly the writers. But Cumberbatch managed to perfectly portray everything that they wrote for him. Of course, I haven't seen all of the other Sherlocks, but I find it absolutely  IMPOSSIBLE to beat Benedict Cumberbatch.

davecu41
davecu41

Jeremy Brett from the PBS series is, in my mind, the best dramatization of Sherlock. 

His manic, eccentric, neurotic portrayal is the best representation of what author had in mind, I think.

MJMartin
MJMartin

Robert Downey Jr, made it all elementary, and funny too.

StephenR.Stapleton
StephenR.Stapleton

How could you leave out George C. Scott with his wonderful, delightful, and slyly-subversive Sherlock from 1971's They Might Be Giants? The film is an under appreciated delight with Joanne Woodward as Dr. Watson. 

JasonAlexanderMarshall
JasonAlexanderMarshall

Most shows go on temporary hiatus, BBC's Sherlock goes temporarily off hiatus. 


Sadly the PBS broadcasts are cut for time and you miss a good amount of each episode. I encourage everyone to try and find a way to see the original full episodes from this season. 

TheTruthAboutHolmes
TheTruthAboutHolmes

@resha.ru  Livanov's performance as Holmes was so highly regarded in England that on February 20, 2006, Queen Elizabeth II awarded Livanov an honorary Commandership in the Order of the British Empire (O.B.E.) "for service to the theatre and performing arts"--a rare honor for a non-British citizen...

terripeate
terripeate

@davecu41 

I agree. Brett read the stories thoroughly and was meticulous in his portrayal. The other pastiches through the years are mostly awful ripoffs, the most recent being possibly the worst.

terripeate
terripeate

@matthewjthibeault 

Rathbone was a commanding presence,  but the stories were mostly typical Hollywood-ized versions set in the 40s.