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What is it about a fictional character first introduced to the public in Great Britain in 1887 that has kept him being reincarnated, with generationally-correct upgrades, over and over again in film and on television? Who is this literary hero whose portrayal over the past century by such past masters as Basil Rathbone and Jeremy Brett to today’s vanguard talents Robert Downey, Jr. and Benedict Cumberbatch has inspired such a continuing outpouring of fan appreciation?
















Every generation will forever have their “true” Sherlock Holmes. Basil Rathbone in the 1940s will no doubt remain in heavy rotation on TCM as the “final word” in the Holmes persona. More objective film scholars consider Jeremy Brett’s interpretation of Holmes on British TV from 1984-94 to be truest to the Conan Doyle stories and definitive. The Holmes brought to BBC TV in 2010 and still enthralling fans today in the USA as well as Britain is a modern-day version of the detective played by Benedict Cumberbatch as a sort of brilliant eccentric yet very cool outsider. And then we have Robert Downey’s fan-pleasing Holmes whose adventures are left in the Victorian era but are anachronistically supercharged with 2012 high-tech Hollywood effects, not to mention Holmes’ acquisition of a flippant tongue and cynical sensibility seemingly borrowed from James Bond.







So many different Sherlock Holmeses!


Yet they all work so well with their respective fans.


What’s the common thread?







When Conan Doyle created Sherlock Holmes back in 1887, he equipped his detective “super-hero” with all of what were the cutting-edge “powers” just then coming into vogue: Holmes is as an early forensic scientist, pre-dating the CSI shows by a hundred years; he is a master decipherer of trace evidence, fingerprints, ballistics and handwriting; he plays violin, but is also adept in the martial arts. He outwits his opponents with “deductive reasoning,” usually summing up his amazingly inerrant analyses with, “You see, it’s elemental, my dear Watson.” (Watson was his ever-present sidekick and witness to his genius, thus establishing the “superhero sidekick” well before Batman’s “Alfred.”)





Sherlock Holmes was, in 1887, the closest thing to a Superman, Batman, or X-Men. In fact, those later heroes and many more all cribbed pieces of his cool persona for their own identities.









I think the reason Sherlock has remained so iconically popular with audiences for over a hundred years is that his character speaks to a deep desire in so many of us: the dream of being able to not only make practical use of, but to actually be a master of all the latest resources, all the newest information, all the most current science and technology – not to mention being engaged at the same time in the fine arts at a scholarly level.



Sherlock Holmes won his battles against evil because he was able to possess and utilize all the newest, breaking science and technique available. So of course, in our times of overwhelming informational overload and finding ourselves in a neverending state of tech device and data catch-up, the Holmes character attracts and engages us. He is truly our Renaissance-Futurist role model. From Rathbone to Downey, he is the ultimate evolving icon, the Forever Master of our ever-accelerating ever-evolving high-tech and super-science society.
















Questions for the Reader





1

Does it bother you when the depiction of a favorite fictional literary character is radically altered in film or on TV over and over again? Or does it all depend on the quality of the depiction and the story?







2

Most of the muscle-bound comics superheroes beginning in the 1930s-40s also seemed to possess great intellects along with their dominating physiques. Do you think this was because of being influenced by the Holmes character of 30 years before? Or just a coincidence – since if as character has a super-strength body, why not a matching super-strength brain?








3

Which Sherlock Holmes novels or short stories have you read?








4

In which way do you prefer your adventure story hero to achieve his/her final victory:


  1. His/her superior intellect; puzzle-solving skills.
  2. Physical strength and fighting skills, and a little good luck.
  3. A mix of both brains and brawn.
  4. Through lone wolf personal action; breaking of rules & protocol.
  5. Through leadership of a team of relative equals.
  6. Other -  Please Elaborate. I would love to know which story ending achievement tropes I might have left off of this list.
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5

Who was/is your favorite Sherlock Holmes -- and why?


  • Basil Rathbone
  • Jeremy Brett
  • Peter Cushing
  • Christopher Lee

  • Robert Downey, Jr.
  • Benedict Cumberbatch
  • Vasiliy Livanov
  • Other







6

If Sherlock Holmes and Liara T'Soni are the District 3 Tributes in the 74th Annual Hunger Games. Who survives and why?












What is it about a fictional character first introduced to the public in Great Britain in 1887 that has kept him being reincarnated, with generationally-correct upgrades, over and over again in film and on television?
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If you have any others at your disposal, I would be much obliged to be able to add them to the list! :D

I apologize deeply to all of my overspammed watchers.

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"I think what annoys Watson about Sherlock a bit is Sherlock's superiority not only as a complex but as a fact. I think, Sherlock is usually right and that's going to annoy anyone. I think, Sherlock wouldn't have been licensed to be who and how he is and what he is without someone as his rock." Martin Freeman

"On Holmes, Martin [Freeman] kept saying, Oh yeah, you went to fucking Hogwarts, didn't you?'. And that's what my schooldays were like: Swallows and Amazons and Hogwarts. Martin is spot on that these schools are magical places if you know how to use them right." Benedict Cumberbatch

"The sort of opposite of Benedict in everything except the amount of talent. Benedict is a magnificent exotic animal as an actor … He doesn't look like a normal person; he rarely plays normal people. He plays exceptional people. But Martin finds a sort of poetry in the ordinary man. I love the fastidious realism of everything he does. I believe everything he does. It's brand new on every take." Mark Gatiss about Martin Freeman

Interviewer: Were you fans of the book before you landed the roles in Sherlock? Did you go back to the books to prepare, or did you avoid that?
Benedict: No, very much I've been reading the books [...] Martin's illiterate. He can't read.
Martin: I'm a deaf mute! He reads them out to me.


"He fits the ears, and he's got some very nice feet. I think he's got the biggest hobbit feet we've had so far. They're a little bit hard to walk in, but he's managed to figure out the perfect hobbit gait." Peter Jackson about Martin Freeman

"[Martin is]...just heaven to work with." Benedict Cumberbatch

"It's brilliant. I mean it's an interesting thing to re-examine it in the 21st century because, two bachelors of a certain age living together, questions get asked, or even answered, by some people with supposition. But it's, um, it's a beautiful thing, y'know, it's a very real thing…I think what they discover through each is that they absolutely fit. They need each other. It's the idea that he's the grounding anchor to this rather ethereal, other-worldly, slightly bombastic character…" Benedict on the Sherlock/John relationship

"He does get stressed, though. Sometimes he rings me up at 7am to say "I've been covered in crap, hanging upside down, and I've got bloody ears on." But he knows it's for the greater good and he does it with a smile." Amanda Abbington, Martin's wife, about Martin playing Bilbo

"At that minute Martin walked in and I just had a thunderbolt. It dawned on me: "Oh, God it's him!" We flirted with each other all day and when I went home he texted me, saying "You left and I wasn't done flirting with you. That's a bit rude", which I thought was really smooth." Amanda Abbington about meeting Martin (sidenote: OH MY GOD OH MY GOD OH MY GOD)

Why are there so many wonderful quotes about Martin? BECAUSE THERE IS NOTHING TO SAY BUT WONDERFUL THINGS ABOUT MARTIN. EVEN BENEDICT KNOWS. HE KNOWS.
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[On an episode of "Hardware"]
Customer: *trying to explain what he wants when he can't remember the name*
Martin: A clippity-clip-matic?
Customer: Is that what I mean?
Martin: No, but you were talking crap, I just thought I'd join in.

THE Office star Martin Freeman has revealed that he was in the running to become the 11th Doctor Who.
"Apparently I got a mention from Russell T Davies himself on some documentary programme but never made the shortlist," said Freeman, who finished filming a modern-day take on Sherlock Holmes, penned by the Time Lord's new executive producer Steven Moffat, around and about South Wales on Sunday.
"Actually, was there even a shortlist? Wasn't there just a long list with me and every other British actor under the age of 50 on it?" he joked of the intense media speculation as to who would materialise as the cult sci-fi character's 11th incarnation.
"I got a text from Patterson Joseph, who was a favourite at one point, telling me his agent had been asked to confirm or deny he'd been approached to play the role.
"It never got that far with me, but it did make me think: 'God, wouldn't it be weird to be the Doctor'?"
Freeman, who plays a very different Doctor – Dr Watson – to Bafta-nominated Benedict Cumberbatch's Sherlock Holmes, added that the current success of Doctor Who lay largely in the fact that the role was wide open to anyone.
"In the show's current incarnation you can see anybody good having a go and that's brilliant," he said.
"I mean, 10 years ago you wouldn't have said: 'David Tennant, now there s a Doctor Who if ever I saw one', similarly this newest guy Matt Smith.
"You certainly wouldn't have thought, 'Christopher Ecclestone? Oh, he's born to play the part'.
"And that's the beauty of this rebooted version of it, the Doctor just becomes who ever ends up playing him."
Nathan Bevan, Western Mail

"It would be easy for him [Martin Freeman] to follow the guest DJ route and just sit in the corner and drink with his mates but not Mr Freeman. No, he's on the floor pretty much whenever he's not behind the decks. Top chap." Rock n Roll Soul

[On the first outfit he bought with his own money] "I was 15,and it was a Prince of Wales three-button mod jacket bought from a local mod shop."I had matching trousers from Oxfam, a Ben Sherman shirt, loafers from Hobbs and an umbrella. People used to ask me, 'Why do you dress like that?' They were genuinely puzzled." Martin Freeman

SIMON AMSTELL: Matt Horne, as you probably know, is famous for doing a straight face and a slight sigh after Catherine Tate sketches.
MATTHEW HORNE: It's sort of a despondent look that I've copied from Martin. But Martin's the master.
SIMON AMSTELL: I have an idea! What if you were both in a sitcom together just sighing at each other? You start, Matt.
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"The great thing about getting older is that you learn not to care about being cool. I'm happy with who I am, I know what I like and I can't see myself changing… not for a little while, at least." Martin Freeman

"This is going to look quite dodgy, me, in-between two girls, wearing handcuffs!" Martin Freeman, on the set of The Reichenbach Fall with some fans

"I cry at RSPCA commercials on the telly. I think you just have to let it go. I saw ET and it made me cry for weeks. I was almost too moved. I think I was paralysed with emotion. I thought about it for weeks. The last time I saw it on telly I cried. I was watching with my three year-old son Joe, who had never seen it before. He couldn't take his eyes off it. It was moving seeing it through his eyes." Martin Freeman

These quotes are even better than Martin's teeth on Wild Target, amirite? :D
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"I don't really know how people can be alive for more than six days without rage. If you live in this world, how can you not have it?" Martin Freeman :iconmartinjamplz:

You don't want to say you like everything, because that means you like a lot of shit. But as far as genres are concerned, I don't want to limit myself. I don't want to be one of those people who say, "I don't like any fucking folk records." In this country, a lot of people have a casual dislike of jazz. Not specific performers but as an entire fucking concept. "Jazz? Oh ugggh, it's just fucking dreadful." To me, that'd be like saying, "I don't like any classical music. Beethoven's shit." I understand that some jazz is difficult to take. Not everyone wants to hear endless, tuneless fucking parping for ten minutes on a scale of C. But that's not all fucking jazz. I had a conversation with Ricky Gervais about it, and he said I must be pretending to like jazz. Well no, really, really not. But that doesn't mean you like all jazz any more than you like all rock n' roll. Martin Freeman (the man who cursed too much and just didn't fucking care)

    "I'm in the fucking Hobbit," he says, with a grin. "And I am the fucking Hobbit!"

"Music was my first contact with anything creative. Music is it, as far as I'm concerned." Martin Freeman

This man needs no introduction. If you don't know who he is you are an idiot. About Martin, by some magazine doing a bit on The Girl is Mime. :3

"Acting is the only thing I'm vaguely good at and something that I think I do know about." Martin Freeman (VAGUELY?? MORE LIKE IMMENSELY!!)

"Sherlock and Watson meet at the right point in their lives, when they need each other the most. It's a love story. Sherlock is upset because nobody can see the world the way he does. Watson misses the adrenalin and the constant life or death situations. It's a very loyal adaptation of their friendship, but Watson is not a stumbling sidekick but more of a capable colleague." Martin Freeman on 'Sherlock'

"Benedict (Cumberbatch, who is playing Sherlock) looks amazing, he's still got an Sherlockian silhouette, with a large overcoat, but in a classic cut. Watson dresses with an urban elegance, a touch of old school dashing, giving a feeling of both the military and the medical profession. I suppose it's something they have in common as well. They're a bit metrosexual." Martin Freeman on the characters' style

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Journal Entry: Tue Aug 14, 2012, 1:48 PM
I don't have time to thank everyone individually for my birthday gifts and wishes at the moment, I am so sorry! I will get around to it!

THANK YOU!

I also want to point out that one of my dear friends haking17 WROTE ME A JOHNLOCK ONESHOT.
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I'm fairly aware of how popular BBC Sherlock and Doctor Who are, but every time I see people gushing to the point of tears over how "beautiful" or "hot" the actors are I can't help but inwardly guffaw to myself. I realize beauty is often considered an item that's largely held up to and placed "in the eye of the beholder" but good lord. My eyes "behold" horse-faced skeleton people. I've seen posts from girls who said they were "nearly in tears" due to Benedict Cumberbatch's "Adonis-like" beauty on more than once occasion, but the man looks as horse-faced as it gets to me (same with that Adler woman). I've likewise seen people get riled just because someone else didn't share their opinion that the current Matt Smith doctor was "attractive" and saw a few instances where people would respond with, "oh, they must not have any appreciation for chiseled jaws or manly noses."
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I mean, "chiseled jaw and nose" as compared to  who, exactly? I have nothing against Matt Smith, but seriously, what jaw? That's your idea of chiseled jaw and manly nose? Really? (this isn't directed at Doctor Who in general, just the current doctor).

Usually I don't abstain from watching shows just because the fanbase is a little wacky, but a lot of Doctor who fans (but mostly Sherlock) seem so hell-bent on fighting each other and bickering over stupid things. Especially since the majority of the fanbase seems less intent on analyzing actual plots and getting along and more, "JAWN AND SHERLUCK ARE A COUPLE U CANT DENY LOLOL JAWN LOOKS LIKE A HEDGEHOG LET'S TELL THE SAME JOKES OVER AND OVER NOT MY DIVISION NOT MY DIVISION NOT MY DIVISION LAWL " vs. "JOHN AND SHERLOCK ARE NOT GAY YOU'RE SO STUPID UGH YOU JUST SAY THAT BECUZ YOU HATE IRENE ADLER ANYONE WHO HATES OR DISLIKES IRENE FOR ANY REASON IS A MISOGYNIST AND HATES THEMSELVES YOU'RE SO STUPID AND SHALLOW IRENE AND SHERLOCK ARE CANON IF YOU DON'T LIKE IT YOU'RE AN IDIOT AND OBVIOUSLY HAVE SOMETHING AGAINST WOMEN HOW DARE YOU NOT LIKE A STRONG FEMALE CHARACTER NOT MY DIVISION NOT MY DIVISION HEDGEHOGS HEDGEHOGS LAWL."

The fanbase seems to be more about fighting about whether Sherhorse gets to sleep with Irene Horse or John Hobbit Horse or Muhrriartay.
From what I gather, the show is only six episodes but I'd rather be sitting here and not partaking in a fanbase that spends most of its time fighting over horses and hedgehogs and generally unfunny jokes and bristling at any time someone makes a mention of how idiotic they act towards others and one another.
And I don't really have an interest to watch Doctor Who at the moment. Similarly, it's not that I have anything against Matt Smith as a Doctor or actor so much as the fanbase of both these series just seem rampantly idiotic and filled with venom over things that hardly grab my interest most of the time. I guess the fawning of both bases wouldn't make me LOL or roll my eyes so much if not for that fact and how they treat one another and act in general. There are simply more interesting shows to me out there.
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"Just before they departed I watched someone climbing pretty much into the back seat to give Martin a very enthusiastic hug. It took me a moment or two to realise it was Benedict. He then pretty much clambered over Martin to give Mark a hug goodbye. It was very sweet. And then Martin was off. To be reunited with Benedict next year in the Lonely Mountain no doubt." Steven Moffat? I don't know.

(Just the imagery of that....!!! I want to draw it but I don't.)

"He's Bilbo-esque," the filmmaker said. "You might not always want to say that about you, right? But seriously he has the essential features of this little English gent, this country gent who is slightly old-fashioned and has to go around in the world and try to cope with it. That's not exactly who Martin is as a person, but as an actor he does that so well. The fish out of water with a  sense of courage but also a wonderful sense of humor. The things that happen to him and the way he reacts to them — things he's never seen in his life before as a stuffy little Hobbit — his response to it all is part of the charm. And he does have a great openness in his face." Peter Jackson

"Watching Sherlock, I just kept thinking, 'God, Martin's perfect for Bilbo!'" Peter Jackson

"The funny thing about the acting business is that there are more poofs in it than you can have hot dinners thrown at you, but no one is out. It's not so bad here, but in Hollywood - Jesus Christ. Why don't they just admit it? No one cares if they're gay or not. I certainly don't. In this so-called liberal industry, no one has the guts to come out because of "the box office", but someone has to be the first in the firing line. Without the suffragettes a lot of women would have thought, 'Why should we have the vote?' And I think that the same argument exists today. People should stand up and be counted." Martin Freeman

"If I could get bands to come and play in my house, I'd like that. I've never been to a festival. I'm a creature of habit, mashed-potato comfort, I like rugs. Our sofa's squishy. Maybe too squishy - it's hard to get up sometimes." Martin Freeman

:icony-u-no-guyplz: STOP IT MARTIN. JUST STOP.
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