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Sherlock Holmes, for whom tomorrow never dies

By Laurie Bennett

February 22, 2014 at 5:10pm

Before “Bond, James Bond,” there was “Holmes, Sherlock Holmes.”

Hollywood loves them both. But in recent years, the sleuth from Baker Street seems more immune to time.

Jonny Lee Miller plays him on CBS in “Elementary,” in which Lucy Liu is marvelously cast as Watson.

Benedict Cumberbatch is a 21st-century version in the current BBC series, “Sherlock.”

And Robert Downey Jr. is said to be working on his third Holmes flick for the big screen.

Sherlock Holmes

Holmes has appeared in so many movies and TV shows over the years that it’s hard to keep them straight.

The interactive Muckety map above shows some of the most prominent portrayals, beginning with Basil Rathbone in 1939.

Forty years later, Christopher Plummer, then 59, played a more dashing leading man.

Jeremy Brett, a British actor initially known to American audiences as Freddy in “My Fair Lady,” captured Holmes’s persona in several 1980s TV series.

When he died in 1995, at age 59, the New York Times described as “the quintessential Holmes: breathtakingly analytical, given to outrageous disguises and the blackest moods and relentless in his enthusiasm for solving the most intricate crimes.”

Brett stars in the following episode of “The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes.” (The program also features a younger and chubbier Hugh Bonneville, now known as the Earl of Grantham.)

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