Arthur Conan Doyle’s brainchild Sherlock Holmes has made it to Guinness World Records for being the movie character that has been portrayed the most. Records say that more than 70 artists have played the character of Sherlock Holmes in approximately 200 movies. Current Sherlock Holmes show Sherlock and Elementary is also very popular and ranking in TRPs. Great actors like Michael Caine, Robert Downey Jr., Christopher Lee and many more have played Holmes over a period of time. Here are few adaptions of Sherlock Holmes that are simply iconic:
- The Seven-Per-Cent-Solution
This movie is one of those adaptions that have been taken from a book not written by Arthur Conan Doyle. The 1976 movie is based on a book written by Nicholas Meyer and Nicol Williamson plays the character of Sherlock Holmes. The film is based on Holmes addiction with cocaine and is portrayed as a person who is fast-talking and completely filled with antics.
- Young Sherlock Holmes
The movie that released in 1985 was a fun and adventure filled. Nicholas Rowe played the character of teen Sherlock Holmes who makes friends with John Watson played by Alan Cox. The idea and purpose to portray Holmes’ early years were very creative and it indeed proved to be a good film.
- Mr Holmes
Mr Holmes released in 2015 wherein Ian McKellen plays the character of Sherlock Holmes. The movie is based on the life of 93-year old Holmes who is on the verge of retirement and his near ones like Watson and Mycroft are no more. Ian McKellen has done an amazing job with this movie, portraying the feelings of being a 93-year old with such finesse that one can literally feel this inner sadness.
- Murder by Decree
This 1979 movie portrayed an altogether new side of Holmes that was empathetic, kind, and warm. The movie was directed by Christopher Plummer and he too got outstanding reviews for this Sherlock Holmes version. This movie stands out because of its ability to let the audience feel and connect with Sherlock Holmes simply by observing him.
- Sherlock Holmes
Directed by Guy Ritchie, the movie Sherlock Holmes (2009) and its sequel Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011) proved to be quite a different version of the detective and his adventures. Robert Downey Jr. played the character of Holmes while Jude Law played Watson. Robert Downey Jr. brought his own charm and intensity to the character which brought a pleasant surprise to the audience.
- The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes
Robert Stephens played the character of Holmes in this 1970 movie, which is viewed by some as funny, irrelevant, and a comedy. This maybe because the movie was directed by Billy Wilder who is known to be a comedy film legend. It went down as a comic movie to such an extent that in some critics opinion, Stephens should have been given an Oscar for his witty take on Sherlock Holmes.
- Hound of the Baskervilles
The 1959 released Sherlock Holmes movie where Peter Crushing played the lead is still remembered for his noteworthy acting and portrayal of the detective. After this movie, Peter Crushing was roped in to play this character in the BBC Series. This show has been largely described as frightening and inspiring. He also further played Holmes in the movie Sherlock Holmes and the Masks of Death in 1984.