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Sherlock Holmes
Guy Ritchie adaptations
Sherlock-Holmes Robert-Downey-Jr
Vital statistics
Sex Male
Nationality British
Born 1854
Occupation Consulting Detective
Family Mycroft Holmes (older brother)[1]
Behind the scenes
Appearances Sherlock Holmes (2009 film)
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
Portrayed by Robert Downey Jr.

Sherlock Holmes is a consulting detective, who at one time became a wanted fugitive in his hunt for Lord Blackwood, while constantly being followed by the presence of Professor Moriarty.

After the death of Irene Adler,[1] Holmes was driven by revenge to bring down Moriarty.

Biography Edit

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Personality Edit

Sherlock is eccentric, brave, and extremely intelligent. He has his own degree of personal cunning and a slightly suave demeanour. He is focused, vengeful and rather egotistical and strong-minded. He is also devilishly enigmatic and seemed to be clever enough to surpass James Moriarty, who was himself mentally inordinately agile. He cares deeply about John Watson, enough to challenge Moriarty about it. He also thought he was more devious than Moriarty.

Abilities Edit

Holmes' abilities lay mainly in his skills of deduction and his genius-level intellect. He is also shown to be proficient in many known martial arts and boxing and had an aggressive, if not slippery, fighting style.[1][2] His style also involves psychological warfare. He is an adept boxer and was able to hold his own, overwhelm and defeat opponents in the ring. He is also a highly skilled marksman.[2]

Behind the Scenes Edit

Downey was visiting Joel Silver's offices with his wife, producer Susan Downey, when he learned about the project. Ritchie initially felt Downey was too old for the role because he wanted the film to show a younger Holmes on a learning curve like Batman Begins. Ritchie decided to take a chance on casting him in the role, and Downey told the BBC that "I think me and Guy are well-suited to working together. The more I look into the books, the more fantastic it becomes. Holmes is such a weirdo". Downey also revealed what his wife had to say: "that when you read the description of the guy – quirky and kind of nuts – it could be a description of me". Downey intended to focus more on Holmes' patriotic side and his bohemianism, and felt that his work on Chaplin has prepared him for an English accent. Ritchie feels his accent is "flawless". Both Downey and Ritchie are martial arts enthusiasts, and have been inspired by the Baritsu mentioned in the 1901 story The Adventure of the Empty House. Downey lost weight for the part, because during a chat he had with Chris Martin, Martin recommended that Holmes look "gaunt" and "skinny".[citation needed]

Gallery Edit

  • Holmes vs Mcmurdo
  • Holmes playing the violin
  • Holmes and Watson receiving the news that Blackwood has risen from the dead
  • Holmes and Watson after a near death experience
  • Holmes and Irene Adler
  • Holmes and Watson traveling to Watson's "stag party"
  • Sherlock and Mycroft
  • Holmes vs an assassin
  • Holmes as best man in Watson's wedding
  • Holmes and Moriarty meet
  • Holmes and Madame Simza
  • Holmes captured by Moriarty
  • Holmes and Watson at the peace summit
  • Holmes and Moriarty battle in their mind
  • Holmes and Moriarty falling into Reichenbach Falls

References Edit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Downey, Susan, Lin, Dan, Silver, Joel, Wigram, Lionel. (Producers). Ritchie, Guy. (Director). (16 December, 2011 (US)). "Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows". United States of America, Warner Bros. Studios.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Downey, Susan, Lin, Dan, Silver, Joel, Wigram, Lionel. (Producers). Ritchie, Guy. (Director). (25 December, 2009 (US)). "Sherlock Holmes". United States of America, Warner Bros. Studios.

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