I read only recently that the preparatory stages are underway for a third Sherlock Holmes film from Warner Brothers but that, allegedly, it will only proceed if Robert Downey Jr likes the script.
Well, to begin with a cliché, they say you should never judge a book by its cover and this has never been so true as it is with this book. It is one of those cases where the subtitle of the book is more accurate than the title.
It was recently revealed that BBC’s Sherlock was going to dust down Charles Augustus Milverton (albeit a slightly renamed version) to be Sherlock’s nemesis in series three. This was widely expected and hoped for and while I am not unhappy about this I would have preferred to see Baron Gruner make an appearance.
I was ten when the Granada Sherlock Holmes series began in 1984 and I don’t recall being outraged or emotionally damaged when Holmes went over the falls (supposedly) at the end of The Final Problem. In this I find myself at the opposite pole to many younger fans of BBC Sherlock who seemed to go into a collective bout of hysteria at the conclusion of The Reichenbach Fall (if many blogs and Youtube videos are anything to go by).
I'm not sure it's a saying but, if it isn't, it deserves to be - if you have space you'll attempt to fill it. When I was renting a flat I had a distinct lack of room and this curtailed my collecting of Sherlockiana (well I see it as curtailed, I suspect my wife would disagree).
Mycroft Holmes is an incredibly popular character from the Sherlock Holmes universe and it is not unreasonable to say that, of late, this is almost entirely down to his depiction by Mark Gatiss in Sherlock. In no other dramatization I can think of has Mycroft Holmes enjoyed such a presence (not even Granada's). Most screen adaptations have tended to mirror the canon and have Mycroft as little more than a character making the occasional fleeting appearance.