A 'Sherlock' Tribute: 7 Famous Literary Digs
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle created the first superstar detective from his writer’s cave across the pond. Makes you wonder where some of the world’s best-selling authors invented enduring characters like Willy Wonka or James Bond. Here’s seven clues.
After a gut-wrenching cliffhanger, Benedict Cumberbatch (Star Trek Into Darkness) returns to a third season in the BBC's Sherlock as acid-tongued "smart is the new sexy" Holmes aided by The Hobbit star Martin Freeman, his crime-blogging Dr. Watson.
Seen in the U.S. on PBS's Masterpiece, this brooding, tousled, impatient Holmes looks tip-top for a guy 126-years-old and in the hooks of legal broils involving lucrative copyright and ownership claims. The Guinness Book of Records logs Sherlock Holmes as “the most portrayed movie character” ever, with 70 actors playing the Baker Street egomaniacal genius of deduction in 200 films. (Did you ever consider that Sherlock's mind is his superpower?)
But hang on. These are characters we're talking about. The toil of writers working out fantasies in their head. And writers have to live somewhere, too. We've put together snapshots of seven homes where a few of the best-selling authors of all time have spun the fiction yarn (or toasted their success). Watson. Come. The game is afoot.