Sherlock is a literary phenomenon, as all Sherlockians know. There are few characters that are as compelling in the 21st century as when created 130 years ago by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. His enduring appeal means that Sherlock has notched up a fair few portrayals on film and television, as one would expect in our entertainment-obsessed world.
Since his creation in December 1887, Sherlock Holmes has been played by over 75 actors including Sir Christopher Lee, Charlton Heston, Peter O’Toole, Christopher Plummer, Peter Cook, Roger Moore, John Cleese, Benedict Cumberbatch and Robert Downey Jr. In fact, Sherlock Holmes is the most portrayed literary human character in film and TV, says Guinness World Records.
As Netflix release the movie (about Holmes’ younger sister, from Nancy Springer’s YA novels) on the 23rd September; a brief look at Sherlock on film, with some titles that may deserve more attention, rather than the usual Rathbone/Downey etc.
A melancholic, romantic Holmes
A righteous Sherlock – against the late Victorian ‘Deep State’. And Jack the Ripper
A coked-up Holmes
Sherlock as an old codger
Two people who think they’re Sherlock Holmes
Hammer Film Holmes
Vs Jack the Ripper (again)
Bond & Steed…