TV and Film with Sherlock Holmes
After Sir Arthur Conan Doyle released the first printed account of Sherlock Holmes in 1887, it would be 13 years later that the eccentric detective made his debut on the big screen. Through the first official film was a strange one, it was followed by hundreds of movies, TV shows, and plays that portrayed Sherlock Holmes in all of his fascinating characteristics. Sherlock Holmes in other media besides just books has grown into an equally popular enterprise.
Holmes’ First Movie Appearance
As far as history shows, the first known film to feature Sherlock Holmes as a character was as short silent film released in 1900 known as Sherlock Holmes Baffled. This was an American film created by Arthur Marvin and is also considered the very first detective film ever released. In somewhat of a strange contrast to how Holmes is normally shown, the film involves a thief repeatedly stealing items from the detective and his failure to capture the thief in the process. The term “short” is quite the understatement, as the total runtime of this silent film was 30 seconds. Though quite a peculiar short film, it would lead the way for much longer and more astounding Holmes adventures on TV and at the movies.
Sherlock Holmes Media Around the World
The immense popularity of Sherlock Holmes is evident in how it has generated movies from studios all across the globe. Arguably the most definitive portrayal of Holmes came from british actor Jeremy Brett, who took on the role for 10 years as the British network Granada released four separate series. Holmes has also been played by Soviet actor Vasily Livanov in a show known as The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson. The show lasted seven years, with 11 episodes per season. Livanov would later be honored by the Order of the British Empire for his excellent portrayal of Sherlock Holmes. Sherlock Holmes even took an animal form in Japan from 1984 to 1985, when he was the protagonist in the children’s anime show Sherlock Hound.
Sherlock Holmes appearing in film in the present time has gained an astounding amount of commercial success, as well as critical acclaim. The 2009 film titled Sherlock Holmes featured Robert Downey Jr. playing Holmes as well as Jude Law taking on the part of Watson. This film put major emphasis on the antisocial personality that Holmes has displayed over time, and Robert Downey Jr.’s performance earned him a Golden Globe Award. A sequel to the movie was released in 2011 and is called Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows. It is reported that a third film in the franchise is currently in the works. In 2015, a film called Mr. Holmes was released. The movie features Ian McKellen as Sherlock Holmes after his retirement, when a case involving a missing woman affects him and his former work.
One of the most popular renditions of the Sherlock Holmes series is the current television show simply known as Sherlock. This show was created by BBC One and features Benedict Cumberbatch as the titular character. The actor Martin Freeman joins him in the portrayal of his assistant Dr. Watson. Instead of relying on the Victorian setting that was featured in so many of the literary works in the past, the show instead places Holmes and Watson in present-day London. In addition, Sherlock Holmes uses modern technology along with his skills in order to solve mysteries and uncover evidence. The American network CBS also produced a modern TV show called Elementary, featuring Jonny Lee Miller as Holmes and a female version of Watson played by Lucy Liu.