Tuesday, January 06, 2015
Happy Birthday, Sherlock Holmes!
Hamlette over at The Edge of the Precipice is having a Sherlock Holmes birthday bash today, with the following questions. My answers will be more movie related, because I have not read all of the stories.
The Good Old Index of Questions
1. When and how did you first encounter Sherlock Holmes?
I first encountered Sherlock Holmes in the Basil Rathbone/Nigel Bruce movies, which my dad still loves to this day. We watched them a lot when I was young. My dad gave me the Original Illustrated Sherlock Holmes book back then as well, but I don't believe I read very far. The only story I remember from the books is "The Adventure of the Speckled Band," which I loved.
2. Please share a fact or two about yourself related to Holmes. (You've read the whole canon, you've been to Baker Street, you're an official BSI member, etc.)
I am not actually a fan of Sherlock Holmes, but every close friend I've had has loved him! It's very interesting. But a couple of the Basil Rathbone movies scared and scarred me so much that I still get creepy vibes whenever Sherlock Holmes is mentioned. (Pearl of Death and The Scarlet Claw, I'm looking at you two!)
3. What are three of your favorite Holmes adventures?
Mine would not be the original Sir Arthur Conan Doyle stories, but various movies: The Seven-Percent Solution (1976), Without a Clue (1988), Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011). I am also quite partial to the 1959 Peter Cushing version of The Hound of the Baskervilles.
4. What draws you to the Sherlock Holmes stories?
Not much, although I greatly admire Sherlock himself and his intellect. Mystery stories in general do not appeal to me.
5. If you were going to give Sherlock Holmes a birthday present, what would it be?
A new pipe and some Old Toby.
6. If you could climb into a Holmes story and replace any one character for a day, who would you like to be?
Holmes himself, of course! I would absolutely love to be able to see the world the way he does.
7. Please share some of your favorite Holmes-related quotes!
I'm fond of the classic ones...
"You see, but you do not observe."
"When you have eliminated the impossible, then whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth."
"The game is afoot!"