The man the world knows as the World’s Greatest Detective, second in fan following only to Batman, is back! Created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the pipe-smoking sleuth Sherlock Holmes has dominated detective fiction forever. Known for his almost inhuman level of perception, his deduction skills and his astute reasoning, Holmes is an integral part of literature, and is one of the world’s most easily recognized characters (think pipe and deerstalker hat). However, Doyle’s beloved creation didn’t stick to the pages of his books, he jumped out of them and moved to celluloid many decades ago! Holmes and 221B Baker Street have been featured in many movies, TV shows and plays. Needless to say, no one actor can lay claim to owning this wildly popular character.
Robert Downey Jr.
Appearing in the smash-hit film Sherlock Holmes, RDJ changed the way we looked at the Holmes Doyle created. They dropped the hat, and created a new Holmes, which everyone loved. He had the personality of Iron Man, the charm of Downey Jr., and the wits of Holmes. That was the Sherlock Holmes Guy Ritchie gave us with his film.
Who doesn’t know this guy? Appearing as the detective in the critically acclaimed TV show Sherlock, Cumberbatch created a darker version of the popular hero. He brought a certain aura to Holmes, and made him an enigma very few understood but so many loved.
Apart from giving us priceless memories as Spock in Star Trek and teaching us to “live long and prosper”, Leonard Nimoy also played Sherlock Holmes. In 1975, Nimoy toured with the Royal Shakespeare Company, and played the titular role in the play Sherlock Holmes.
Basil Rathbone was the 1940s Holmes, starring in 15 films, most of which are considered classics today. He played Holmes as most fans imagine him: complete with the pipe, hat and the reliable sidekick Dr. Watson.
Ian McKellen is undoubtedly one of cinema’s luckiest actors. Why? Because of the roles he’s played. Gandalf the Grey, Magneto and now Sherlock Holmes. The veteran actor will play an ageing Holmes in the upcoming Mr. Holmes, which is slated to release this week!
So there you have it, a few of the men who’ve immortalized Sherlock Holmes in their own way. What did you think of them? Let us know in the comments below!