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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian02 Mar 2020 11:19 a.m. PST

You were asked – TMP link

Who has done the best role of Sherlock Holmes on film or stage?

42% said "Basil Rathbone"
31% said "Jeremy Brett"
9% said "Robert Downey Jr."

JMcCarroll02 Mar 2020 11:54 a.m. PST

To me Jeremy Brett will always be Sherlock Holmes.

newarch02 Mar 2020 11:59 a.m. PST

Jeremy Brett was much better than Basil Rathbone imo. I did like the Robert Downey Jr films though as a sort of interesting spin on the character. Benedict Cumberbatch was pretty good too.

nnascati Supporting Member of TMP02 Mar 2020 12:20 p.m. PST

Jeremy Brett without a doubt.

mad monkey 102 Mar 2020 12:48 p.m. PST

Jeremy Brett.

Phillius Sponsoring Member of TMP02 Mar 2020 1:37 p.m. PST

I missed the poll!

Jeremy Brett without a doubt.

Not that I have seen many Basil Rathbone renditions, but Robert Downey Jr was awful.

Shagnasty Supporting Member of TMP02 Mar 2020 2:10 p.m. PST

Brett was the most canonical but Rathbone was charismatic and vivid. 51% Brett 49% Rathbone for me.

Tin hat02 Mar 2020 3:17 p.m. PST

Jeremy Brett all day long!

Lascaris02 Mar 2020 3:19 p.m. PST

Also agree that Jeremy Brett is by far the best Sherlock.

nnascati Supporting Member of TMP02 Mar 2020 3:53 p.m. PST

The new series with Cumberbatch started off great, but went downhill IMHO after season 2.

Ten Fingered Jack02 Mar 2020 5:10 p.m. PST

Jeremy Brett

jedburgh02 Mar 2020 5:22 p.m. PST

What no Jonny Lee Millar!

John Leahy02 Mar 2020 6:14 p.m. PST

Jeremy Brett. Simply the best.

djbthesecond02 Mar 2020 6:30 p.m. PST

Did Peter Cushing not get a look-in?

Personal logo Gonsalvo Supporting Member of TMP02 Mar 2020 7:22 p.m. PST

William Gillette would perhaps be the best answer, although few alive now would ever have seen him act. He became very wealthy, depicting Holmes on stage 1,300 times, writing his own Holmes play (with Conan Doyle's cooperation and blessing). The deerstalker cap, curved pipe, the violin, the magnifying glass, and "Elementary my dear fellow! Elementary!" which eventually became "Elementary my dear Watson!" None of these appear in the books. Then there is the quirky Gillette castle near the mouth of the Connecticut river,,,

Wikipedia entry:

Glengarry502 Mar 2020 7:50 p.m. PST

Jeremy Brett!

Zephyr102 Mar 2020 10:22 p.m. PST

Rathbone. With Downey's music from the movies…

shaun from s and s models03 Mar 2020 2:16 a.m. PST

what about ian richardson?

ChrisS194403 Mar 2020 6:14 a.m. PST

Jeremy Brett is definitive!

StarCruiser03 Mar 2020 9:07 a.m. PST

Jeremy Brett lived and breathed the character so well, he might as have been Sherlock Holmes!

Mollinary03 Mar 2020 9:16 a.m. PST

Sorry, folks none of the above could hold a candle to Douglas Wilmer, with Nigel Stock as Dr Watson, in the BBC series in the 1960s I believe he was honoured by the Sherlock Holmes Society as the ‘definitive' Holmes.

d88mm194003 Mar 2020 2:04 p.m. PST

Never heard of Jeremy Brett.
I don't think that Britain could have won the war without Basil Rathbone…

jedburgh03 Mar 2020 6:17 p.m. PST

Basil Rathbone M.C. intersting article anout Rathbone and some other Hollywood Brits who all served in the same regiment.
Check out Rathbone in his kilt.

darthfozzywig Supporting Member of TMP03 Mar 2020 10:28 p.m. PST

This poll is really a survey of TMP age.

Personal logo ACWBill Supporting Member of TMP04 Mar 2020 3:24 a.m. PST

Basil Rathbone.

JMcCarroll05 Mar 2020 7:49 a.m. PST

"This poll is really a survey of TMP age."
Spot on darthfozzywig! in 20 years Downey's will be considered the best and Basil Rathbone sadly forgotten.

Oppiedog06 Mar 2020 12:57 p.m. PST

As quick side note, the William Gillete version is available on DVD for those who like the obscure. Do enjoy watching it but will always have soft spot for Rathbone.

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