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  1. 5 points
    I haven't seen a tadpole since I was a kid. Where have they gone? I was cleaning the bathroom today and discovered something behind the toilet that looked like a large kind of worm. Shrieked, dropped my rag and ran. My gallant husband, hearing the commotion, came to check on me and when he heard my story ventured into the bathroom with a bucket and tongs to catch the strange vermin. Shortly after, he came out laughing. It was nothing but a broken hair elastic that I had lost a while ago. I need new glasses, I am afraid.
  2. 4 points
    I look at Molly the same way I do Sherlock ... or any of the other characters on the show, for that matter ... an exaggeration, often for dramatic impact, mostly for laughs. To me BBC Sherlock is more in the fantasy genre than anything else. Sherlock, Mycroft, and Moriarty are all bigger than life; Lestrade is deplorably incompetent but impossibly cool; Molly acts half her age yet has insight no one else does; John is impossibly patient one minute and over-the-top hostile the next. Even the landlady ran a drug cartel. That's one of the many great joys of this show, to me; the characters are so ridiculous and yet at the same time the acting is so good that they end up feeling really real. I can identify with Sherlock to an extraordinary extent, yet at the same time realize I have almost nothing in common with him. Ditto most of the other characters. I don't get how that works, but I know that, for me, it does. (It's magic! ) I agree that a woman Molly's age would probably have found ways, by now, to seem a little less obvious. At the same time, as someone who is way older than Molly, I can confirm that the shy awkwardness doesn't feel any different than it did when I was 14. I guess that's part of the allure; the characters don't behave realistically, but they convey feelings that seem awfully darn real. And now that I think on it, I guess the writers should get some of the credit for that as well. Still think it's mostly magic, though.
  3. 4 points
    That was *you*??? If we'd known, we would've stopped to have a nice little quack with you.
  4. 4 points
    Been out walking this morning. I've been lamenting my lack of tadpole sightings to anyone who'll listen, and then usually go on to bemoan the fact I've never seen a newt (in the wild) though I've always wanted to. Guess what I saw today? Whole puddle/pools full of tadpoles and newts. I was thrilled. I was also on my own when I spotted them, so ended up walking along grinning to myself like a nutter.
  5. 4 points
    After the Slaps Heard Round the Word in Barts lab at the top of S3:3, Molly got a whole lot less twitchy. That scared bunny rabbit façade is all an act. The truth is, Molly is a BAMF.
  6. 4 points
    Thanks for the link, Sheerluck. With apologies to the London Times, I repost the article on behalf of readers who don't feel like going through the rigamarole of registering for an account just to get a princely 2 articles a month free. Here is one of mine for the benefit of all. Enjoy. My favorite bits are in bold. ******************** As an Old Harrovian who counts Richard III as a distant cousin, Benedict Cumberbatch gives the impression of inhabiting the narrow end of the class pyramid. Not so, the actor has said in an interview in which he described having to “posh up” for his latest role as an upper-class drug addict and alcoholic. In a testimony to the infinite gradations at the top of the British class system, in which everyone but the Queen must protest that there is someone posher than themselves, Cumberbatch said that the title character in the television series Patrick Melrose was far loftier than a son of two actors. “He’s properly posh,” he told Radio Times. “I know everyone goes on about the posh thing with me — but despite looking it, I am not that class. That class is landed gentry. I had to posh up for this.” He drew his inspiration for the character by getting to know Edward St Aubyn, whose semi-autobiographical books were the basis of the five-part television drama. The author was born to a couple who owned homes in Britain and France and who sent him to Westminster School in London. Cumberbatch said that people might confuse him for being posher than he was because he had a name that sounded like a National Trust property. “Have you been to the tea shop at Benedict Cumberbatch? Fabulous cream teas. And a beautiful shell grotto!” Cumberbatch, 41, has previously described himself as middle class. In an interview with Vanity Fair last month he said that capturing Melrose’s haughty attitude and vocal mannerisms did not come easily. “I went to a very posh public school, second to Eton, yet I had only one friend from the landed gentry,” he told the magazine. “I’ve been trying to knock the corners off my accent ever since I left Harrow.” Dominic Dromgoole, a former artistic director of Shakespeare’s Globe, prompted Cumberbatch to defend his schooling in 2013 when he said that there was a “real worry” that acting was becoming the preserve of privately educated people. The actor responded that it was a false trend. “People have tried to pull together a pattern because Tom Hiddleston, Eddie Redmayne, Damian Lewis and I were all privately educated,” he said. “But James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender and Tom Hardy weren’t and they’re equally talented. It’s just lazy to try and create a private-school elite. I’m definitely middle class, I think. I know others would argue, but I’m not upper class. Upper class to me means you are either born into wealth or you’re royalty.” He added: “OK, maybe I’m upper-middle class.”
  7. 4 points
    Hello, doyle_fanatic -- welcome to Sherlock Forum! I'm looking forward to more of your posts! A few random comments on all of the above: For anyone not up on their Victorian definitions, "ejaculate" was in those days merely a synonym for "exclaim." And people (including Watson) did quite a lot of ejaculating in ACD's stories. Some of them presumably did what you're thinking as well, but not on-stage as it were. Regarding the history of using mostly first names, I think Hikari is correct about the fifties. It was a pretty gradual thing, though. People who had grown up in earlier decades continued to call other adults by their surnames for quite a while. And even the fifties generation might use surnames in the workplace. Regarding the gay references (and possible gay references) in Sherlock, I'm reasonably certain that many of the them were intentional. Please bear in mind that Moftiss are a couple of ACD fanboys from way back, and were already well-versed in other adaptations, analyses, fan writings, etc. Apparently a number of people had already theorized that Holmes and Watson may have been a couple. (As Boton said, who would have known at the time?) I've also seen are-they-or-aren't-they analyses of the Brett series. So I assume that their intentional references were just a playful nod to those theories. Setting up their first stakeout in a date-like fashion was so that Angelo could mistake John for Sherlock's date. I'm reasonably certain that to Moftiss it was all in fun, and that they were honestly taken aback by the charges of queerbaiting.
  8. 3 points
    Happy Towel Day froods! Here’s what the Hitchhiker’s Guide has to say about Towels: A towel is just about the most massively useful thing any interstellar Hitchhiker can carry. Partly it has great practical value. You can wrap it around you for warmth as you bound across the cold moons of Jaglan Beta; you can lie on it on the brilliant marble-sanded beaches of Santraginus V, inhaling the heady sea vapours; you can sleep under it beneath the stars which shine so redly on the desert world of Kakrafoon; use it to sail a miniraft down the slow heavy River Moth; wet it for use in hand-to-hand combat; wrap it round your head to ward off noxious fumes or avoid the gaze of the Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal (a mind-bogglingly stupid animal, it assumes that if you can’t see it, it can’t see you — daft as a brush, but very very ravenous); you can wave your towel in emergencies as a distress signal, and of course you can dry yourself off with it if it still seems to be clean enough. More importantly, a towel has immense psychological value. For some reason, if a strag (strag: nonhitchhiker) discovers that a hitchhiker has his towel with him, he will automatically assume that he is also in possession of a toothbrush, washcloth, soap, tin of biscuits, flask, compass, map, ball of string, gnat spray, wet-weather gear, space suit etc., etc. Furthermore, the strag will then happily lend the hitchhiker any of these or a dozen other items that the hitchhiker might accidentally have “lost.” What the strag will think is that any man who can hitch the length and breadth of the Galaxy, rough it, slum it, struggle against terrible odds, win through and still knows where his towel is, is clearly a man to be reckoned with.
  9. 3 points
    When I say Happy Sherlock Holmes Day what I really should be saying of course is HAPPY 159TH BIRTHDAY TO SIR ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE 👍
  10. 3 points
    I've sussed it. They're going to have a version of the Glorious 12th. Fans with cameras are going to be let loose in London in the hopes of 'shooting' the cast. It's as good a theory as any at the moment.
  11. 3 points
    Maybe because you are the only user who actually didn't left
  12. 3 points
    He's trying to manage his stock portfolio, but he keeps getting distracted by Benny's voice. As who wouldn't.
  13. 3 points
    At a place where my husband used to work, a pair of pigeons tried to build a nest on the windowsill outside the office. They kept failing and one of his colleagues, annoyed by the racket, finally printed out instructions he found on the Internet and taped them to the window. It actually worked - a few days later the nest was finished and eventually there were eggs, then chicks, then fledglings.
  14. 3 points
    There is a sparrow that sits right outside my office and every morning, at the top of his tiny little lungs, he does a startlingly accurate rendition of the shower stabbing musical theme from Psycho. Repeatedly. It’s like an ice pick to the brain first thing in the morning, he really needs to sod the f*ck off. 🐦
  15. 3 points
    You just HAVE to watch Cargo. Finally something that was up to Martin's talent. But brace yourself, it's a killer. I'm on the floor, weeping.
  16. 3 points
    Oh god this is brilliant! I just imagine that cop "la la la la la... hold on... what the f*ck did I just see? Reverse!"
  17. 3 points
    I felt the same way after watching Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit (which were filmed in NZ with very little CGI added). I wanted to visit NZ *and* the Shire!
  18. 3 points
    I like lots of sad music. Sad music is often the most beautiful.
  19. 3 points
    It really was something else. I was basically in the theater looking like this the entire time: It's funny, because I went into it knowing what was going to happen (I don't actively avoid spoilers), but in a way I still wasn't prepared for it. It's been very interesting reading about everyone's reactions to the film. Some people have fascinating theater stories, lol. P.S. I would like to add, though, in case this is setting anyone off seeing the movie, that it wasn't all wtf's and omg's. There were some hearty laughs, too. (Drax is amazing, lol.)
  20. 3 points
    Okay, here's my list : 1.) My maternal great-grandmother. She is a legend within her family and I grew up hearing all sorts of stories about her. Always wished she hadn't died before I was born. I have her photograph in our bedroom. Really, really would like to meet her in person. This lady experienced two world wars and was the first woman in the family to graduate from college. She should have lots of things to talk about. 2.) Jane Austen. I would seat her next to my great-grandmother, of course. But I want to talk to her too, discuss all her books and ask her what she had planned for the ones she never finished. 3.) Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. First of all, so that I can tell him off for being so callous about Sherlock Holmes and secondly to diagnose Jane Austen because I have always wanted to know what her chronic and ultimately fatal illness was. 4.) Julius Caesar. I hope he can tell me who murdered him. If not, at least he could give me an idea about what life during the Roman Empire was really like. 5.) My father. He can act as MC and provide the social skills needed for such an event that I sadly lack. Besides, he is a great dinner guest. 6.) My dead grandmother because I miss her. I would have her sit on the other side of her beloved mother and observe the two together.
  21. 3 points
    I'm wondering how anyone could be 'required' to attend, particularly the ones who are deceased? Or the living ones, either, really. I'd love to meet Stephen Fry for instance, but he's under no obligation whatsoever to accept a dinner invitation from an anonymous American. Particularly if a homophobe like Hemingway is going to be there. As ever, a gracious RSVP, whether accepting or declining is a classy move. But I think getting too hung up on rules of the game destroys the esprit of it, so let's just assume that everyone you'd like to come would be delighted to attend . . or what's the point of this? I get shot down plenty by real people I know; I don't need to take social rejection in my fantasy dinner party. Particularly from dead and/or fictional persons.
  22. 3 points
    Oi, if I can't show up in jeans and a tshirt, I'm out of there. Maybe I need to go for a less glamorous guest list.
  23. 3 points
    Nope, not just you. Mind you, I don't enjoy watching characters who are Perfect either (remember Tom Selleck's Lance White in a couple episodes of The Rockford Files? though that was played for laughs, and sure got 'em from me). I like characters who are realistic, but to me that doesn't have to mean psychotic or anything, just not Perfect. And if a character starts out as a basically decent human being, I don't like it (nay, I hate it!) when they mess with him/her. I don't think it makes them "more interesting," just contradictory. Mind you, I don't mind characters having a bad day, but I don't want them to turn into someone else. In my opinion, they totally ruined Ross on Friends, and they had a pretty good start on John, though they seem to have done a U-turn with him, thank goodness.
  24. 3 points
    Absolutely not. This soiree will be catered, with footmen, so that you, the hostess can focus on making scintillating conversation with your guests and looking fabulous. I'd be a nervous wreck if I were expected to cook for my idols. Though I suppose I could just whip out a jar of Marmite and a loaf of bread and say, "Have at it, guys!"
  25. 3 points
    It doesn't bother me, can't say I particularly want to be called it but I wouldn't find it any more or less offensive than being called anything else. Cargo has popped up on Netflix, but they seem to be keeping it quiet and not pushing it, which makes me think it's likely not very good and they know it. I'll give it a watch when I get a chance. I've never watched Alan Partridge. Only Fools and Horses still makes me laugh though, I think that batman scene is still my favourite. And the whole Damien thing.
  26. 3 points
    This is my favourite thing about Molly too, there's a wonderful, steadfast, determined ordinariness about her that contrasts with the other characters and makes a virtue of the down-to-earth and everyday as an antidote to the extremes of the villains and heroes on display elsewhere in the story. To me there's a courage in being a certain kind of 'normal' and unassuming, which some people in real life have, and I love seeing that in her character. It contrasts particularly well with Sherlock's own tendency to want to showboat his detective skills- whereas Molly has skills in her work too, but she's happy to let her work speak for itself. I think it's what drew me to John, too actually, in the early days, despite his killer instincts I also think he had that quality more in seasons 1-2.
  27. 3 points
    Cross-posted, I see. Feel free to ignore my superfluous remarks. Yes to this too ... I do get tired of women acting like men in order to be considered strong. I think that's another reason I identify with Molly; she's not bamf, she's just a girl who's straightforward enough, and good enough at her job, to win the trust of one Sherlock Holmes. That's a lot more relatable than assassins and dominatrixes. (Dominatrices? Dominatri? )
  28. 3 points
    Yeah, ditto on it being both out of character and organic for me. It also has echoes of how she challenged him, using only words, and not even strong words, but still to significant effect, in Scandal at the party- a much better scene, sure, but in this case she's trying to reach him through the fog of drugs as well, which is a more frustrating and heightened situation. The writers routinely position Molly as someone in his life who will challenge him to rethink his behaviour at times he's hurting others, or himself. I also thought The Empty Hearse marked a change in their dynamic anyway, so it made sense to me that things got heated in the slap scene later. I think Molly's recent breakup may have played a part in the whole thing as well, you've got to wonder to what extent either spoken or unspoken Sherlock had played into that, and then to see him apparently throwing his life away is probably quite triggering in those circumstances. In real life, slapping is not something I condone, but in a world where Sherlock and John get physical as part of their friendship, I do think they mean it as an act of friendship (the slap), as well as a wake-up call, which we see again when it's used as a motif in his hallucinationjust after the shooting. All that said, the show's portrayal of women still has a fundamental flaw and there's an unfortunate link they insist on repeatedly drawing between women with a 'dominatrix' style need to physically punish and actual strength of character which rings false.
  29. 3 points
    Molly slapping Sherl (three times, hard) is, in my opinion, both 'out of (her normal) character' but at the same time situationally organic. I wouldn't say I agree that it was 'lazy' writing on Mofftiss's part to have Molly acting so uncharacteristically bold. It shocked the hell out of me and probably everyone watching, precisely because it was so unexpected. But 'unexpected' doesn't equate to 'forced' for me, in this instance. Molly is on her home turf when she is presented with a potentially Awkwardest Situation Ever-- testing the urine of the the man she adores for drugs, with a roomful of people hanging on the result. I think when the test was positive, her justified anger at Sherl's risk-taking, potentially damaging/fatal behavior just overrode her normal instinct to self-preservation and reserve. As a doctor she knows just what kind of damage he's inflicting on himself and his prodigious gifts. Sherlock is the most precious thing to Molly, I think we can agree, and in that moment she was enraged by the person who was hurting him--who was himself. If another person had injected Sherl with drugs, perhaps Molly would have flown into an equal fit of temper. I don't think there was conscious thought involved here. Her anger powered her hand-to-his-face motion without her taking the time to analyze her anger. Had she done so, she probably wouldn't have gotten physical. She's like a mother who has just spanked her child for darting out into the street, really. Even the most mild-mannered of moms would have that panic reaction of 'I love you so much I could kill you right now for almost getting yourself killed.' I prefer Fiesty Molly to Sadsack Basket case Molly, such as we saw in the last episode.
  30. 3 points
    Just glue this caterpillar on your head, no one will know the difference.
  31. 3 points
    In the Uk we’re being bored to death by this. As you know we voted to leave he EU. A date was set and in the meantime loads of negotiations have gone on to finalise the terms (basically trying to ensure that we don’t lose out trade-wise.) It drags on and on. Some even believe that the remain/leave campaign was so full of untruths that we should vote again. So basically Arcadia I think that this is purely an effort to put back the final severing until we have what we want (whatever that is?) its a politicians job to bore us into a coma so that we end up voting just to get them to stop talking about a subject that very few are interested in. ~Herlock Sholmes~ UK I Hate Politicians Party👍
  32. 3 points
    My opinion is this: brown sauce is great on bacon sandwiches but not on shoes👍
  33. 3 points
  34. 3 points
    Definitely not Dr. Who, I'm not a fan, this is Sherlock #earlyretirementlock happening in season five. Sherlockedcamper, I am loving all of your theories/insider information/spoilers. John will produce his own honey which he sells in farmers markets and the jars have a label with a folksy illustration of Rosie in a bonnet on it.
  35. 3 points
    New movie news. http://www.ladbible.com/entertainment/film-and-tv-sherlock-holmes-3-has-been-announced-for-2020-release-20180508.amp.html
  36. 3 points
    Are you sure you're not thinking of Dr. Who? All I gotta say is, I wouldn't mind it if I saw it. Although if he ends up hurting her, I'm coming after him. Or Mofftiss, take your pick.
  37. 3 points
    Welcome to bronzeblues also! Arcadia, allow me to be the voice of unreason: it's totally happening in season 5, Sherlock and Molly is on. Hold onto your hats and stripey scarves.
  38. 3 points
    Come now, Pseudo. Remember your Francis Child. 'Thus ends the talkyng of the munke And Robyn Hode i-wysse; Flyght arrow did launch Spedylee did they blow up the front portcullis of Nottingham castle Raynyng fyre and debrys o'er the laynd.'
  39. 3 points
    The relating of our BBC John and Sherlock is much more loose and modern in sensibility, because they are of our time. I suspect that most of the BBC Sherlock viewers who ship this Baker Street duo as a closeted gay romance as its raison d'etre, and not the way more casual shippers like me do, queuing up saucy fan-vids on YouTube to pass a boring afternoon at work--are not actually versed in Canon, if they've read any. For viewers like this, the duo portrayed on 21st century TV by FreeBatch and the duo created on the page by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle are two separate and distinct entities that, besides being set in different time periods, don't have much at all to do with each other. Hence, our modern pair can be as gay as they like, play at James Bond, Sherlock can have a psychotic little sister, Jim Moriarty can look and act like Andrew Scott & a host of other AU scenarios. Una Stubbs' Mrs. Hudson is just about the only character who retains her integrity between versions, to my mind. Otherwise, the BBC show cherry-picks some of the more memorable elements of the stories while crafting something completely new. And the creators were free to do that, since all Sherlock material now exists in the public domain. The fact that ACD might be rolling over in his grave is of no concern to anybody affiliated with BBC Sherlock. For viewers who are versed in Sherlock Holmes & Watson's original form, the show that started with great promise as a crackerjack modern homage to Conan Doyle's creations was ultimately disappointing because Mofftiss veered completely off Conan Doyle's script and created their own Whovian/Bondian/Pythonesque/Clockwork Orange/Marvel universe that didn't resemble the original at all. And they were free to do it. But some of us just can't Go There in accepting JohnLock enthusiastically as a gay romance because it's so contrary to the spirit of the original. Anyone who thinks that there isn't any nuance, chemistry, drama or genuine feeling to be had in Conan Doyle's Victorian pairing needs to read the stories. One has to dig a little sometimes and read between the lines, because little is explicitly telegraphed to the reader in the way that is available instantly in a visual medium. I suppose Conan Doyle left it largely up to his readership to interpret the interpersonal dynamics of this singular friendship, couched as it was in Victorian terms. Old films depicting the Victorian pair of Baker Street often err in playing it far too stodgy. On the page, Holmes and Watson have wit, comedy arising from domestic and situational chaos, genuine regard for each other, drama . . it just doesn't go as big and splashy as we've become accustomed to.
  40. 3 points
    Re Johnlock: My former contact with this kind of phenomenon came from LOTR, even though it was called slash back then. And it was quite… ehm… an eye opener. I'm afraid that shipping in general is something that a part of media consumers do as naturally and automatically as breathing. I have that horror vision of people watching shows only to have some material for ships. There seem to be people who would ship EVERYONE who cannot run away fast enough. Hansel with Gretel, Ahab with Moby Dick, Robin with Hood, Scooby with Doo and all the Avengers with Thanos (what an orgy it would be!). And the attraction of it is still a mystery to me.
  41. 3 points
    I agree, Arcadia. There's a piece out there from the 1940s, I believe, probably tongue-in-cheek but still instructive, called something like "John Watson was a Woman." The argument there is that the way ACD Watson behaves and the goings-on that he reports on are far more typical of a spouse than a bachelor roommate. I do, however, think Johnlock is pretty popular with middle aged ladies as well, though. Just today, I was reading through Tumblr (always a bad idea), and I came across one of my favorite fanfic writers who made a statement that I'll paraphrase here so it maybe better obscures their identity. The statement was along the lines of: I don't pay any attention to MF saying he and BC didn't play their characters as lovers, because they obviously played them as homoromantic life partners with ambiguous sexualities. This is from someone well into adulthood. It's that kind of thing that frustrates me with Johnlock, even though I have learned to read those fics if I want the rest of the plot or to enjoy them as an AU. But it bothers me when fans say "I am going to totally discount everything that has been said by the writers and the actors, and many things that explicitly happen on-screen, that tends to disprove my theory," and then turn around and say "My theory is correct because look at all this subtext evidence I have for you."
  42. 3 points
    It's also illegal to crop dogs ears and dock their tails, unless they are classed as working dogs - guard dogs mainly. I used to have a Dobermann, and she had lovely silly floppy ears and a slightly curly tail.
  43. 3 points
    I've read several times that it's an idea that's existed for ages. It's just more acceptable now to go "mainstream" with it. I agree Moftiss just wanted to have fun with the idea. Worked for me, I still crack up when Mrs. Hudson keeps getting the wrong idea. But I'm old; I get the impression Johnlock is mostly popular with "youngsters" who think it's cool and edgy and pushing boundaries. My prediction for the week is that some day most of them will grow out of it. Yes, I know that's terribly condescending of me. I remain, however, unrepentant.
  44. 3 points
    I don’t disagree, Hikari. I’m just...annoyed, I guess, that my viewing of something as totally innocent can be seen with layers of meaning that I don’t necessarily see in the character. Now, do I think Moftiss wanted to play with the are they/aren’t they dynamic? Yeah, probably. I think they were probably sitting around having a beer or six and someone said, “You know, we should make fun of the fact that most 21st century readers can read the ACD original as if the two were a gay couple.” (All the period-appropriate arm-in-arm stuff and the time or two you get “Watson ejaculated.”). Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  45. 3 points
    It was rather unattractive. I put it back on her like a little fur coat and was careful to do up all the toggles.
  46. 3 points
    Sheet masks always feel like they're going to fall off any second.
  47. 2 points
    I diagnose one of the following: A long-standing usage of the Seven-Percent Solution Super blood (Khan's) He doesn't actually sleep like a normal human--he spends about 2 hours a day in a hyperbaric chamber, and he can do that in his dressing room between takes.
  48. 2 points
    Bazinga! ***** In later years, O'Toole did give up drinking. He made it to 81 years of age, which is a lot more than he deserved, considering that his liver had just about packed it up by the time he was 35. You are no doubt aware of this supreme irony: Peter got his big break, and was in fact talent-spotted by David Lean, in a Tennessee Williams play. He was Montgomery Clift's understudy and went on in Clift's place because Monty was too drunk to perform. ***** It should be noted that, at our fantasy dinner parties, the food is always hot and the booze never runs out. That's a good thing, because here's my next party: The Legendary Boys of RADA Edition: Peter O'Toole: He can stay the night from the previous party. **** Oliver Reed Albert Finney Alan Bates Anthony Hopkins and to be on stand-by to phone 119 if required, first-year don Sir John Gielgud. And my plus-two-not sure if he went to RADA, but I've always wanted to meet this fascinating man, Terence Stamp. not in the same era as these gents but nevertheless gone from us too soon--RADA alum Alan Rickman.
  49. 2 points
    I’ve just added the signatures of 2 more actors that played Holmes to my collection. Geoffrey Whitehead and Tom Baker👍
  50. 2 points
    In the whole field of TV and movie portrayals of Holmes and Watson few actors have come in for more criticism that Nigel Bruce for his portrayal of Watson in 14 movies with his good friend Basil Rathbone. How often have you seen Bruce mentioned in print without the word ‘bumbling’ being present? In my opinion though whatever was lacking in accuracy was made up for in sheer likeability. Many of us grew up with Rathbone and Bruce and for all the faults of the movies (and there were many) it’s worth remembering how popular they were and how lasting their influence. Rathbone is still considered, and rightly so, one of the finest Holmes (some believe the finest) and their Hound Of The Baskervilles is probably the best version ever made. Then they appeared in around 200 radio performances which were all well worth listening to. Even when Rathbone decided to hang up the deerstalker Bruce continued as Watson with Rathbone soundalike Tom Conway as the detective. Willian Nigel Ernie Bruce (always known as Willie to his friends) was born in Mexico in 1895. Despite appearances Bruce was 3 years younger than Rathbone. He usually played characters that were non-too-bright but kind, decent and honourable. He appeared in the first fully technicolour movie Becky Sharp in 1935 and the first 3D film Bwana Devil in 1952. Bruce was liked by all and was a leading figure in the Hollywood British emigre community. Cricket was a great love of his (like Rathbone.) He bought warmth and humour to the role which producers wanted to offset the cold rationality of Rathbone’s Holmes. Of course there were far better Watson’s in terms of accuracy of performance (Burke, Hardwick, Stock, Morrel to name but 4) but none were more likeable. And for that I think he deserves a little more credit than he tends to receive. Bruce died of a heart attack in Santa Monica in 1953 at the age of 58.

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