The bad boy of Baker Street

His ra­zor-sharp logic has struck a chord among au­di­ences for over a cen­tury. He is an in­deli­ble part of the myth and mys­tique of Lon­don

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - GOODMOVIES - EMILY DU­GAN

HE HAS shed the deer­stalker hat and pipe, opium-smok­ing is out, and the hound of the Baskervilles is nowhere to be seen. Sherlock Holmes may have started life as a Vic­to­rian de­tec­tive but now he has been re­cast as the star of 2012.

What be­gan as a se­ries of short sto­ries by Sir Arthur Co­nan Doyle at the end of the 19th cen­tury has spawned an in­ter­na­tional mul­ti­mil­lion- pound in­dus­try, and the com­ing year is on track to be a ma­jor one for the am­a­teur sleuth.

As Hol­ly­wood’s ver­sion of him comes to cine­mas this week­end, with Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shad­ows, pun­dits are al­ready pre­dict­ing that it will have gained block­buster sta­tus by the new year.

The film will be fol­lowed swiftly by a ma­jor BBC tele­vi­sion drama early next year, and ho­tels and tour op­er­a­tors are al­ready see­ing guests pour in. Even books – the orig­i­nal for­mat for the de­tec­tive – are still bring­ing in large sums, as au­thors cre­ate new sce­nar­ios for Holmes

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shad­ows.

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