Detective Sherlock Holmes


Sherlock Holmes had a tendency to show aversion towards the fair sex; his close friend and chronicler observes at many instances that Holmes seemed to deeply mistrust women, the reason being unknown. But despite this attitude, one woman left a long lasting mark on Holmes’ mind. Her name was Irene Adler, and Dr. Watson describes that Holmes often alluded to her as ‘the woman’.

A Scandal in Bohemia

A Scandal in Bohemia

Irene Adler featured in only a single short story, ‘A Scandal in Bohemia’ released in 1891. In this story the King of Bohemia comes to Holmes for help to get hold of a photograph which confirms an affair between the Bohemian King and Irene Adler. Apparently Adler was also threatening to public the photo, not for monetary gains, as the King’s agents had already tried to buy the photo.

Holmes due to his extreme cunning, somehow finds the place where that photo has been hidden, but makes a foolish mistake of planning to steal the photo in future. The next day Holmes finds out that Irene Adler has left her house along with the scandaluous photo, but she states that she would not go public with the photo and later sent it to the King when she got married.

Hence Holmes faces defeat, despite the fact that the interest of his illustrious client became safe. Irene Adler is also mentioned in four other short stories, “A Case of Identity”, “the Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle”, The Five Orange Pips” and “His Last Bow”.

It is during “The Five Orange Pips”, that Holmes remarks to Watson that throughout his career he had been defeated four times, three times by men and once by a woman( relating to Irene Adler). Although, “The Five Orange Pips” is set in September 1887, while “A Scandal in Bohemia” in March 1888, meaning that the woman who beat Holmes cannot possibly be Irene Adler, but fans and historians consider this to be one of the many chronological mistakes done by Sir Arthur Doyle.

The legendary character of Sherlock Holmes, which has captivated the imagination of millions, was commemorated after the completion of the 100 years since his birth. Detective Shelock Holmes was first featured in ‘A Study In Scarlet’ which is among the most famous and cherished works of literature written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

Statue of Sherlock Holmes

Statue of Sherlock Holmes

London is one of the biggest tourist resorts in the world, and among several landmarks that attract tourists from all over the world, many Holmes’ fans also visit the famous residence of the detective. Apartment 221 B in Baker Street has been turned into a museum and in the close vicinity a memorable statue of the Holmes has been erected.The statue closely resembles the illustrations of Holmes made by Sideny Pagot in the earliest published stories.

Recently there has been much excitememnt about the new movie being made on the legendary character of Sherlock Holmes, starring Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law. But due to many unforeseen interruptions, the shooting has been slow.

Robert Downey, playing the famous detective has faced many dangerous accidents on the set of this film. First he got injured by a co actor in what was a fighting scene in the film. Robert Downey Jr. was nearly unconscious after being hit by Robert Maillet. He had to get six sticthes on his face after being hit by a hook unexpectedly.

The director Guy Ritchie and Jude Law playing ‘Dr. Watson’ also had to run from the shhoting as a petrol tanker exploded. After these uncalled for incidents the progress in shooting has been rather slow and our ‘Sherlock Holmes’ seems to be in trouble!

Official logo of the movie

Official logo of the movie

The legendary fictional character of Sherlock Holmes has inspired many movies and TV dramas as well. The most recent movie named ‘Sherlock Holmes’ is still under production and is expected to be released next year. In March 2007, Warner Brothers Studio decided to start this project intended to give a new life to the character of ‘Sherlock Holmes’ just as the ‘Batman’ has got recent uplift. The movie is based on the unpublished comic book of Lionel Wigram. The film is intended to emphasize on the largely ignored characteristics in the personality of Holmes.

Robert Downey Jr.
Robert Downey Jr.

The film is directed by Guy Ritchie, who has a history of directing crime-investigation movies. Joel Silver is the producer while it is co-written by Lional Wigram and Michael Johnson. Robert Downey Jr. is playing the character of Sherlock Holmes, Ritchie says that he initially felt that Downey was too old to play this role, but later he agreed to casting him. Downey wit hhis flawless accent and his focus on martial arts intends to portray the Detective immaculately.

 

Jude Law
Jude Law

Famous actor Jude Law will be playing Dr. Watson while Rachel McAdams plays ‘Irene Adler’. Other cast includes Mark Strong, Kelly Rielly and Eddie Marson. The planned locations of the movie include Freemason’s Hall and Saint Paul’s Cathedral in London. The story of the movie involves Holmes and Watson trying to avert a scheme to destroy Britain.

Although, many Holmes movies have been produced in the past, but this movie set to be released to the public in 2009 is expected to revamp the character of Holmes.

There is also a worldwide organization named ‘The Baker Street Irregulars’ founded in 1934 by Christopher Morley for Holmes’ enthusiasts and fans. This organization has mambers from all around the world who love and admire the great fictional character of Sherlock Holmes.

FDR, Former US President

FDR, Former US President

Prominent members include Rex Stout, Banesh Hoffman, Issac Asimov and former United States presidents Frankiln Roosevelt and Harry S. Truman. The present leader of this organization is Michael Whelan. The members gather in New York every year in January for a dinner and to discuss organizational matters.

Holmes apart from using his extraordinary deductive reasoning, also employed a small group of street lads known as ‘The Baker Street Irregulars’ to get to vital clues. The Baker Street Irregulars feature in many of the stories, and Holmes realized their effectiveness as they instigated least of suspicion.

They were first featuerd in the novel ‘A Study In Scarlet’. The leader of this group was called ‘Wiggins’ and Holmes paid them a shilling a day including any expenses. Holmes also rewarded them with a guinea, worth one pound and one shilling, for vital information on an important case.

102334-004-3cf939dbSherlock Holmes mainly persued this profession just for the sake of it and not for any monetary rewards. Although, no set amount has been mentioned in any of the stories as his standard fee but he does mentions in ‘The Problem of Thor Bridge’ that his charges are fixed, when his client offers to double the fees.

It is to be remembered that the cause of the first meeting between Homles and Dr. Watson in ‘A Study In Scarlet’ was due to financial problems as both were looking for a room mate to share the rent expenses. But Dr. Watson mentions in ‘The Adventure of the Dying Detective’, that the amount Holmes paid to acquire an apartment in Baker Street, was enough to actually buy it.

Holmes throughout his career serves for many famous and influential personalities and families who alos in return rewarded him, sometimes much more than his standard fee. In ‘The Adventure of the Final Problem’ Holmes mentions that his services to the French government had earned him enough to live a comfortable life.

Dr. Watson states about Holmes in ‘The Adventure of the Black Peter’ that it was Holmes norm to refuse trivial cases from wealthy clients while he often devoted himself to cases in which he had no hopes for any reward. But he does ask his clients to recompense the cost which he had to bear during investigation in ‘The Adventure of the Speckled Band’, ‘The Red-headed League’ and ‘The Adventure of the Beryl Coronet’.

Despite Holmes aversion for rewards, he rather takes his old friend Dr. Watson by surprise when he ‘rubs his hands in glee’ and pats the cheque from the Duke of Holdernesses ,saying ‘I am a poor man’. But this incident can be taken as Holmes’ habit of creating ironic humor.

Among the many expensive momentos that he received from his many

Sherlock Holmes

Sherlock Holmes

illustrious clients a golden snuff box from the King of Bohemia, a ring from the Dutch Royal family, an emerald tie-pin from Queen Victoria and a gold soverign from Irene Adler stand out.  Holmes also received the Legion of Honor and a letter of thanks from the French premiere for catching a dangerous criminal.

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