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Arthur Conan Doyle

Arthur Conan Doyle [3]


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Born:May 22, 1859
Died:July 7, 1930 (71)
Filmography Rating:7.10 / 10
IMDB Rating:7.37 / 10
Amazon Rating:4.00 / 5
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:80.43%
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List of Titles and Roles/Jobs:
The Lost World [Silent] [1925](66) => Himself / Novel
Sherlock Holmes [2009](150) => Characters & Original Stories
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows [2011](152) => Characters & Original Stories

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Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country [1991]
  • Spock tells the crew, "An ancestor of mine maintained that if you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth." The "ancestor" Spock quotes is Sherlock Holmes, another fictional character well-versed in logic. Leonard Nimoy and co-star Christopher Plummer have both played Holmes on stage and screen. Also, director Nicholas Meyer is the author of several Sherlock Holmes novels, including The Seven Per-cent Solution, considered by many to be the best Sherlock Holmes story not written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
    House M.D.: Season 8 [2011]
  • Everybody Dies: The climax of the finale, is an homage to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's {The Final Problem}. In which Sherlock Holmes dies, only to find out he faked his own death.
    The Lost World [Silent] [1925]
  • Arthur Conan Doyle attended the movie with his family. He liked it.
    Minority Report [2002]
  • The "PreCogs" were all named after famous mystery writers. [?] Dashiell Hammett, Arthur Conan Doyle, and [?] Agatha Christie.
    Sherlock Holmes [2009]
  • The film contains numerous references and allusions to the Arthur Conan Doyle novels and stories. Including: "The game is afoot" ({The Abbey Grange}, as well as the original source of the phrase, William Shakespeare's Henry V); "Because I was looking for it" ({Silver Blaze}); "You have the grand gift of silence, Watson. It makes you quite invaluable as a companion" ({The Man with the Twisted Lip}); "Crime is common, logic is rare" ({The Adventure of the Copper Beeches}); "My mind rebels at stagnation. Give me problems, give me work" ({The Sign of the Four}); "It makes a considerable difference to me, having someone with me on whom I can thoroughly rely" ({The Boscombe Valley Mystery}); "Data, data, data. I cannot make bricks without clay" ({The Adventure of the Copper Beeches}), "...one begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts" ({A Scandal in Bohemia}), and "There is nothing more stimulating than a case where everything goes against you" ({The Hound of the Baskervilles}).
    Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows [2011]
  • The movie is primarily based on the short story {The Final Problem} by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (and to a lesser extent on {The Empty House}), but also shows aspects from other [Sherlock Holmes] stories: {The Sign of Four} (introduction of Watson's fiancée); {The Greek Interpreter} (introduction of Mycroft Holmes); {Valley of Fear} (explanation of Moriarty's underworld empire); {The Speckled Band}; {The Dying Detective}; {Bruce Partington Plans}; and {The Second Stain}.
  • Sherlock defeats Moriarty by pulling him over Reichenbach Falls, with both of them falling to their apparent deaths; Holmes is later shown to have survived. In Arthur Conan Doyle's story {The Final Problem} (intended to be the final [Sherlock Holmes] story), Holmes defeats Moriarty in the same way, by falling over a waterfall to the apparent death of both. However, in response to overwhelming public demand, Doyle wrote another story and resurrected Holmes.
  • At the beginning when Watson is typing, the camera pans over typed excerpts from Arthur Conan Doyle's stories, including {The Blue Carbuncle} and {A Study in Scarlet}.
  • At the end of the train sequence, Watson says to Holmes, "Once more unto the breach". This is a line from a speech in Henry V by William Shakespeare. Much later in the play's speech, Henry V also exclaims, "The game is afoot", which Holmes used as a catchphrase in Arthur Conan Doyle's stories.
  • In 2003 Stephen Fry appeared on the UK quiz show Celebrity Mastermind. His special subject was Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes, including a question on Mycroft Holmes. He choose this topic because he loved [Sherlock Holmes] stories as a child and at the age of 10 was the youngest member of London's Sherlock Holmes Appreciation Society.
  • Watson is called "John H. Watson" in the Arthur Conan Doyle stories except for one brief scene in {The Man with the Twisted Lip} when his wife calls him "James." This puzzled scholars for years until [?] Dorothy L. Sayers suggested that the "H" stood for "Hamish," the Scottish equivalent of "James." In the film Watson's middle name is "Hamish."
  • The text of the note that Holmes leaves Watson on the packing crate reads: "Come at once if convenient. If inconvenient come all the same". This quote is taken directly from Holmes creator Arthur Conan Doyle's short story {The Adventure of the Creeping Man}.
    The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen [2003]
  • The film's literary characters are Allan Quatermain, introduced in [?] H. Rider Haggard's King Solomon's Mines; Mina Harker from [?] Bram Stoker's Dracula; Henry Jekyll and Edward Hyde from Robert Louis Stevenson's The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde; Rodney Skinner, who replaced Griffin from H.G. Wells' The Invisible Man (due to rights issues, and the character in the comic was given the name Hawley Griffin as the original novel gave no first name); Captain Nemo from [?] Jules Verne's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and The Mysterious Island; Dorian Gray from [?] Oscar Wilde's The Picture Of Dorian Gray; Tom Sawyer from [?] Mark Twain's The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and its sequels; Ishmael from [?] Herman Melville's Moby Dick; and Professor James Moriarty from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's The Final Problem, one of the [Sherlock Holmes] stories. The Fantom's mask design alludes to [?] Gaston Leroux's The Phantom Of The Opera. British Intelligence chief "M" alludes to Casino Royale by Ian Fleming as does Campion Bond, a character from the script (who never made it into the movie), who is supposed to be the grandfather of James Bond.
    House M.D.: Season 2 [2005]
  • Dr. Gregory House was based on Sherlock Holmes... but Holmes, in turn, was based on a Doctor that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle knew while studying medicine, Dr. [?] Joseph Bell, whose specialty was diagnosis. The reference is pushed further when, In episode 11 of the fifth season, Wilson presents House with [?] Joseph Bell's Manual Of the Operations of Surgery as a Christmas gift. When House's staff begin to wonder why he would throw away the expensive gift, an amused Wilson begins making up a story about House having a closeted infatuation with a patient named Irene Adler whom he will always consider to be "the one who got away". Irene Adler is a prominent character in one Sherlock Holmes story who has been wrongly characterised as Sherlock Holmes' love interest in several adaptations. Here the one who got away is a parallel to the fact that she was the one woman who defeated Sherlock Holmes, making Sherlock Holmes respect her. But he was never in love with her. The false story of Wilson about Irene Adler pays tribute to both of these facts. Also for a long while House believes that his biological father is a friend of family named as Thomas Bell.