Let me start off by saying this: this list is so terrible I went out of my way to start fights on the Internet about it. Seriously, I went online and ranted about it specifically because I wanted to get into fights about how bad it was. Naturally, most people agreed with me, and I got a number of people asking for my own top five list.
However, the problem is that everyone has their own Sherlock Holmes, in much the same way that everyone has their own Doctor Who. It’s really hard to pick my personal top five, and it’s certainly hard to rank them. So I’ve decided to cheat in two ways: I’ll give you two top five lists, and I won’t rank them. Today’s list are the top five Sherlock Holmes portrayals you’ve probably heard of.
Probably the most iconic Holmes, and certainly the one that many people who have never heard of Holmes think of (even if they don’t know his name).
The most faithful Holmes, and one of my personal favorites. He lived the part in so many ways that he really was Sherlock Holmes.
Robert Downey, Jr.
I know a lot of people don’t like his portrayal, he led the way to the modern resurgence of Holmes love, and his portrayal is more faithful than people give him credit for.
Jonny Lee Miller
Surprisingly no one who reads my blog, I’m quite taken with Miller’s portrayal of a modern Holmes. He’s not beloved by everyone (like RDJ), but Elementary is certainly shaping our perception of Holmes.
You can’t leave this man off the list. He simply is Sherlock Holmes to many people, in much the same way that Jeremy Brett and Basil Rathbone were.
Tomorrow: five of my favorite Sherlock Holmes portrayals you probably haven’t heard of.