The pair are up there amongst the most filmed literary characters, Holmes has been sticking his nose into other people’s business since the earliest days of the cinema with one of the first versions being a Danish short from 1908 pitting him against his arch nemesis Moriarty and Raffles, the Victorian gentleman thief – now that really would have been a showdown worth seeing.
So, as Ritchie prepares to throw Downey and Law together again, we decided to do some sleuthing ourselves and find six of the pipe smoking detective’s best screen adventures. The results have proved anything but elementary!
6) Young Sherlock Holmes (1985)
By the mid 1980’s there were few directions left in which to take the deer stalker wearing crime buster. So, why not go back to the beginning?
Imagining how Holmes and Watson might originally have met at school, screenwriter Christopher Columbus (before his Harry Potter days), producers Mark Johnson, Henry (‘The Fonz’) Winkler and fantasy supremo Steven Spielberg placed Nicholas Rowe and Alan Cox as the young sleuths in suitably surreal predicaments complete with Egyptian’esque settings and bizarre flying machines, whilst trying to save a group of business men who are being mysteriously bumped off.
Giving Holmes a love interest in the form of delectable English actress Sophie Ward, the film’s interestingly ‘downbeat‘ finale goes some way to explaining why Holmes remained a bachelor.