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as we take a look at the history of the character.
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A Look at the Life of Sherlock Holmes
He’s the world’s greatest detective and most popular work of fiction. Welcome to watchmojo.com and today we’re exploring the history Sherlock Holmes. Sherlock Holmes was born so to speak in 1886 created by Scottish author, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The character was a tribute to a forensic scientist under whom the author has study at Adam Burgh University.
Holmes has become world famous for his powers of deductive reasoning, skilled observation, use of forensics and mastery of disguise. The original written manuscripts premiered with the book, A Study in Scarlet. Here the character of Dr. John H. Watson was introduced playing the role Holmes biographer and the stories narrator. The series begun with Watson taking Holmes as his roommate in 19th century London, initially the two did not see eye to eye. But eventually the duo developed a strong respect for one another and Watson became Holmes right hand man.
As such, Watson aided Holmes by becoming his lookout, decoy, assistant and messenger. Throughout the series, Holmes has depicted as a pipe smoking genius with the ability to draw a large conclusions from the smallest observations. He is also have been shown to have a drug addiction, love for playing music and as an untidy man who keeps his office in a state of chaos which only he can decode.
Holmes has been depicted and reinvented numerous tons for television and film. In fact, Guinness world records have listed him as the most portrayed movie character of all time with over 200 movie appearances by over 70 actors such as eminent actors as Christopher Lee, Charlton Hasten and John Cliss have all stood in the detective shoes. Most of these appearances have popularized a traditional take on the character that carefully omits his bohemian quirks. However, recent depictions have sought to capitalize in the original vision of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
2004 marked the premiere of the American TV series House starring British actor Hugh Laurie. The show will represented a medical version of the great salute complete with his drug addiction and other original idiosyncrasies. His name as well as that of his colleague Dr. James Wilson was conceived as a settle nod to the original legend. In 2009, Robert Downey Jr. took on the role in the blockbuster adaptation by Guy Ritchie.
Downey was drawn to the project as it would boldly portray Holmes as Conan Doyle had originally imagined him with all of his human weaknesses and less popularized character traits.