Not So Elementary Facts About Sherlock Holmes

Sherlock Holmes is the most famous creation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The first book “A Study In Scarlet” was published in 1887. Since then the detective became a worldwide phenomenon.


In a 2008 survey, 58% of British teens thought Sherlock Holmes was a real guy, while 20% thought Winston Churchill was not.


Here are some more interesting facts about the world’s greatest fictional detective.

1. Sherlock Holmes is the most filmed fictional human character.

Sherlock Holmes has appeared in 226 films and been played by dozens of actors since the advent of cinema. However he loses to Dracula who has been filmed 239 times, but since Dracula is part-man, part-vampire, Holmes is the most-filmed fully human character.

2. The name is Holmes. Sherringford Holmes


Sir Arthur Conan Doyle originally named the detective of Baker Street, Sherringford Holmes. He later changed it to Sherlock in honour of Nottingham cricketers Sherwin and Shacklock.

3. Dr. Watson has narrated most of the Sherlock Holmes stories.


Dr. Watson has narrated all of the stories, except four.  Of these four, two are told in the third person, and two, ‘The Adventure of the Blanched Soldier’ and ‘The Adventure of the Lion’s Mane’, are actually told by Holmes himself.

4. Holmes never says ‘Elementary, my dear Watson’.


He has said “Elementary” and “my dear Watson” but never”Elementary, my dear Watson”. The first recorded use of this exact phrase is actually in a P. G. Wodehouse novel of 1915, Psmith, Journalist.

5. First film of Sherlock.


The first film of Sherlock Holmes was produced in 1900 by Arthur Marvin, a 30-second silent spoof titled ‘Sherlock Holmes Baffled’. It is also the first recorded detective film.


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