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Who's your favorite Sherlock?

Over the year's, I've seen plenty of people walk through the doors of 221B Baker Street. Basil Rathbone was my first Sherlock. Later, in the 1980s, Tom Baker (just after his stint as Doctor Who), Peter O'Toole, Peter Cushing and Ian Richardson all pulled on the deerstalker before Jeremy Brett did such a marvelous job in the long-running British TV series.

For many people these days, their choice of favorite Sherlock would be a toss-up between Robert Downey Junior (about to delight us with his second outing as the deerstalkered crusader in the upcoming movie, A Game of Shadows and Benedict Cumberbatch.


I love both versions, but if you ask me, neither can claim the 'Best Sherlock' title. That honor goes to the one and only Michael Caine, who played Holmes in the criminally under-appreciated, classic movie, Without A Clue.

If you haven't had a chance to see this clever, funny take on the world's most famous private detective, I thoroughly recommend you treat yourself to a viewing. You won't regret it.

How about you?

Who's your favorite Sherlock?

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Dec. 10th, 2011 04:50 pm (UTC)
Jeremy Brett! No question. He played the character as written. I loved the Watsons in those shows, too, especially Edward Hardwicke. They were not bumbling fools.
Dec. 10th, 2011 05:00 pm (UTC)
He was good. Around the same time, Joan Hickson did a wonderful portrayal in the BBC's Miss Marple.
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Dec. 10th, 2011 05:05 pm (UTC)
Yep, jeremy brett without question.
Dec. 10th, 2011 06:46 pm (UTC)
And he sang too (he played Freddie in My Fair Lady)
Dec. 10th, 2011 05:06 pm (UTC)
Basil Rathbone,
but only because of an appearance in an Abbot and Costello movie.
See, there's been a murder,
and Bssil Rathbone's character begins asking questions.
Bud Abbot turns to the camers and asks,
"Who's this guy think he is, Sherlock Holmes?"
Dec. 10th, 2011 06:46 pm (UTC)
He did a good job :)
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Dec. 10th, 2011 05:15 pm (UTC)
Oh, as I read the top of your message, I was thinking, What about Michael Caine? And then I rolled the screen down...LOL.

Although I really, really like Jeremy Brett's Sherlock as well.
Dec. 10th, 2011 06:47 pm (UTC)
Brett's was a much more traditional take on Sherlock, I think. He did a great job :)
Dec. 10th, 2011 06:03 pm (UTC)
OMG, I loved "Without a Clue" too! And the BBC series was surprisingly good.

(But they both needed moar kittehs in them). Duh.
Dec. 10th, 2011 06:48 pm (UTC)
Everything's better with more kittens :)
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Dec. 10th, 2011 06:49 pm (UTC)
Interesting. I never imagined a Russain version, but he is world famous, after all :)
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Dec. 10th, 2011 07:04 pm (UTC)
I'm a creature of my age, so I go with Jeremy Brett; I was a teen when his Sherlock started appearing on Mystery! on PBS. That said, I can see the appeal of Downey's version, and not because it's Robert Downey Jr.

And your comment upstream about Miss Marple (and don't forget David Suchet Poirot too) is pretty apt; classic adaptations all.
Dec. 10th, 2011 09:10 pm (UTC)
David Suchet is still playing Poirot. He just signed on for the last four or five Poirot adaptions.
Dec. 10th, 2011 07:20 pm (UTC)
I'm in the Brett camp also :-)
Dec. 10th, 2011 09:15 pm (UTC)
Hard to believe it's been 17 years since he made his last Sherlock adaption.
Dec. 10th, 2011 07:22 pm (UTC)
Al Pacino.

Oh, Sherlock...
Dec. 10th, 2011 09:16 pm (UTC)
"Say hello to my little deerstalker" :)
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Dec. 10th, 2011 07:25 pm (UTC)
I grew up on Basil Rathbone and for the longest time he was the only Holmes I knew so for sentimental value, I name him as my favorite.

I'm digging the "Lethal Weapon" version of Holmes as played by Robert Downey, Jr. a lot. Benedict Cumberpatch is a close second.

Believe it or not, Roger Moore played a pretty good Holmes in a made-for-TV movie; "Sherlock Holmes In New York" with John Huston as Professor Moriarty and Patrick MacNee as Dr. Watson.
Dec. 10th, 2011 09:18 pm (UTC)
I always thought Moore was a better actor than he got credit for. He was excellent in Shout at the Devil
Dec. 10th, 2011 07:25 pm (UTC)
I actually like all of the above actors, but I admit to falling for Benedict Cummerbatch's take on Holmes as a well-controlled sociopath, because really, the man in Conan Doyle's stories was actually a tad that way; he (and the writers) only had to give Holmes a little push over the edge. Generally, I think Holmes works best in his true time, but in this adaption, I love the updating! Watson writes his Holmes stories on a blog. Holmes uses nicotine patches for mental stimulation. It's very clever.

I didn't now Michael Caine had ever played Holmes! I love Michael Caine! I will have to check that movie out. (BTW, Michael Caine in The Wrong Box, priceless!)
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Dec. 10th, 2011 07:26 pm (UTC)
My choice for most authentic Sherlock is Brett, but I have to say my new favorite is Benedict.
Dec. 10th, 2011 09:24 pm (UTC)
The new TV version is written by Steven Moffat, who writes a lot of the new Doctor Who episodes.

He also wrote the screenplay for the upcoming TinTin movie, which I'm very much looking forward to seeing :)
Dec. 10th, 2011 08:11 pm (UTC)
Peter Cushing was one of my favorites. The new BBC version is quite a good adaptation of the concept into the modern world, which I appreciate. I thought they did a great job of adjusting as necessary to make it work, while keeping things quite true to the spirit of Doyle's work.
Dec. 10th, 2011 09:06 pm (UTC)
While I like Peter Cushing as Sherlock Holmes I loved him as Dr. Frankenstein.
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Dec. 11th, 2011 10:36 am (UTC)
When I read the Holmes books as a lad, I envisaged Basil Rathbone as Sherlock. He was very close in looks to Sidney Paget's illustrations. But then Jeremy Brett came along and he became Holmes in my mind.

Nigel Bruce is still my #1 Watson.
Dec. 11th, 2011 12:08 pm (UTC)
I'm sure they used him as the model for Watson in one of my favorite Disney movies, The Great Mouse Detective
Dec. 11th, 2011 11:31 am (UTC)
I thought Benedict Cumberbatch made a wonderfully otherworldy Holmes - kind of a superior species.
Dec. 11th, 2011 12:11 pm (UTC)
I love the way the new TV version hilights how his complete insensitivity to other people's feelings impacts everyone around him, like that poor girl who works in the mortuary.
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