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
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
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