Sherlock Holmes, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s fictional detective, has been awarded a world record for the most portrayed literary human character in film & TV.So, introducing you 10 facts about the movie version of Sherlock Holmes.
Sherlock Holmes is now the Most Portrayed Literary Human Character in Film and TV (Radio Times reports), having been depicted an astonishing 254 times since his creation in 1887′s “A Study In Scarlet.”
The character has been played by 77 actors including Basil Rathbone, Ellie Norwood, Jeremy Brett, Christopher Lee, Robert Downey Jr. and Benedict Cumberbatch.
The first film about Sherlock Holmes is also the first detective film. It was filmed in 1900 as “Perplexed Sherlock Holmes.” It was an American silent short film, created by director Arthur Marvin. The only copy of the film was considered lost for many years and then recovered from the remaining paper cards in the 1968 Fund Library of Congress.
The most played story is “Dog Baskrevilley,” there are at least 17 film versions of the story.
Sherlock Holmes is not the most-filmed fictional character. That is, not if you include non-humans (or partial humans). Dracula has been filmed more times than the great sleuth, at 239 times, but since Dracula is part-man, part-vampire, Holmes is the most-filmed fully human character.
Sherlock Holmes has some animated incarnations. One of them did Hayao Miyazaki. Yes, yes, the same author of “Spirited Away” and “Howl’s Moving Castle.” His 26-minute serial anime series came out in 1984-85 and was called “The Great Detective Holmes.” Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson in the movie were dogs
Artists that played Sherlock Holmes, are long-lived. Among the more than 70 actors who played his role, I found only three that did not live up to 60 years: Alwin Neuss lived 56 years, Peter Edward Cook lived 58 years, and Robert Randall lived 59 years. The other two did not live up to 70 years: John Barrymore – 60 years and Jeremy Brett – 68 years. But the most interesting that a lot of actors who have played Holmes are still alive and continue to be active in the movies, in spite of their advanced age. How, for example, Sir Roger Moore, who recently turned 86 or 84-year-old Christopher Plummer.
June 15, 2006 in Moscow, Vasily Livanov British ambassador was awarded the Order of the British Empire for the best classic screen image of Sherlock Holmes.
In 2007, to commemorate the 120th anniversary of Arthur Conan Doyle’s debut novel about Sherlock Holmes, a private company, “the New Zealand Mint” has released a series of four commemorative coins in denominations of two New Zealand dollar each.
For example, in 1994, in honor of the 100th anniversary of the resurrection of Holmes, after the fatal battle with Moriarty at the Reichenbach Falls, Gibraltar has issued a series of “Sherlock Holmes, the most famous detective of the world” of the eight coins with the inscription on the reverse “The 100th anniversary of the return of Sherlock Holmes”
Holmes never says ‘Elementary, my dear Watson’. Not in the ‘canon’ of original Conan Doyle novels and stories. Holmes says ‘Elementary!’ and ‘my dear Watson’ at various points, but the idea of putting them together was a later meme, which possibly arose because it neatly conveys Holmes’s effortless superiority to his ‘dear’ friend and foil. The first recorded use of this exact phrase is actually in a P. G. Wodehouse novel of 1915, Psmith, Journalist.