…They’re all in here, especially the Sherlock thing. There’s a lot of Sherlock in here. In many ways, this book might as well be called “Deduce THIS, Sexlock Holmes!” with a picture of me licking his meerschaum, cross eyed and screaming.
Most notable of all, however, it made an overnight star of its Holmes, Benedict Cumberbatch. Previously the kind of well-respected theatre actor who popped up in award-winning thinky dramas on BBC Two, Cumberbatch, with his clay-white skin, sexy-sloth face and pub-time jaguar growl—became instant pin-up totty; eventually going on to become GQ magazine’s “Man of the Year”, and be hailed by Steven Spielberg—who then cast him in his forthcoming War Horse—as “the greatest onscreen Holmes”. Sherlock has changed Cumberbatch’s life.
My Love Affair With Sherlock by Caitlin Moran, the Sunday Times (via lazyocean)
It’s interesting that – given this level of obsession with Holmes – Gatiss and Moffat found one aspect of their Holmes wholly mysterious until very late in the process.
“We didn’t know if he was gay or not until the [first] series had actually finished, did we?” Gatiss muses. “We kind of had to… work it out. It wasn’t obvious.” You don’t say.
Caitlin Moran’s article on Sherlock- The Times 24/12/11 (via ununpentium)
Squicking, ladies and gentlemen, is SKULL FUCKING.
Sherlock is so packed with joy and treats, to list them means bordering on gabbling: Una Stubbs as secret dope-fiend landlady Mrs Hudson (“It was just a herbal remedy — for my hip!”), Mycroft Holmes’s mysterious, posh, texting, superlatively composed assistant, “Anthea”. The little nods to the possibility that Holmes might be gay. The insanely generous casting of Rupert Graves as DI Lestrade. The line “I love a serial killer — there’s always something to look forward to!” And the perfect placing of what is, presumably, the series arc: “Holmes is a great man. And I hope, one day, a good one, too.” - CAITLIN MORAN
I don’t want to be racist against ITV1, but you know what a bag of b******* they would have made of a Sherlock Holmes reboot in 2010: Robson Green as Holmes; Christine Bleakley as Watson; Pixie Lott as “dead prostitute”; and the Go Compare advert every 13 minutes — as unwelcome as finding flyers for a local doubleglazing firm wedged into your copy of Animal Farm.