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Sherlock Holmes makes it into the Guiness World Records…

May 19th, 2012 by Marc Comments

Sherlock Holmes, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s fictional consulting detective, has been awarded a Guinness World Records title for the “Most Portrayed Literary Human Character in Film & TV.” as part of London & Partners’ World Record London.

 The character, brought to life recently in film by Robert Downey Jr. in Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows – available now on  Blu-ray and DVD – famously lived at 221B Baker Street, London and was renowned for his incredible powers of deduction.  Sherlock Holmes has been depicted on screen a massive 254 times since his creation in 1887.
Through a combination of appearances in films, television series, dramas and documentaries, Sherlock – one of the great British literary exports – beats his nearest rival, Shakespeare’s Hamlet, by 48 portrayals to claim the record. The first known appearance of Sherlock on screen is believed to be 1890’s Sherlock Holmes Baffled, a 30 second silent movie created in the US and shown in Mutoscope machines, a regular feature of arcades at the time.
The short film shows Holmes being burgled and struggling to stop the intruder, but the identities of the actors who played Holmes and his assailant were never recorded. Since then, Sherlock has been played by over 75 actors including Sir Christopher Lee, who has also played Sherlock’s brother Mycroft, Charlton Heston, Peter O’Toole, Christopher Plummer, Peter Cook, Roger Moore and John Cleese. 
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, starring Robert Downey Jr. as Sherlock, saw a largely British cast bring the thrilling story of Sherlock’s nemesis Moriarty and his destructive plot to life. The cast includes Jude Law as Dr. Watson, Stephen Fry as Mycroft Holmes, Jared Harris as Moriarty and Eddie Marsan as Inspector Lestrade. It is available now on  Blu-ray and DVD. Other literary figures in the top 10 include Cinderella (136), Robin Hood (127), Romeo (101) and Tarzan (85). The record has been awarded by London & Partners – the official promotional organisation for the capital – as part of World Record London.
The campaign will see London attempt over 20 Guinness World Records to become a multi record-breaking city in the run up to the 2012 Games. 
Burgess, Guinness World Records adjudicator said: “Sherlock Holmes is a literary institution. This Guinness World Records title reflects his enduring appeal and demonstrates that his detective talents are as compelling today as they were 125 years ago.”

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Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….