How many of you out there are Sherlock Holmes fans? The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes are few of the best detective stories created ever. Maybe not few of the best but the very very best stories ever! The original series written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle has been adapted into various films, TV series, comics and even radio shows over a string of decades.
Sherlock Holmes is a fictional detective character who has been adored by people world over. It has also been the most loved character with maximum adaptations on screen and stage. The first movie had been a 1-minute film made in 1900, followed by another made in 1905, and then in 1911, 1916 and so on. The films were not only made in English but also in other languages such as Danish and Russian.
In the year 2009 and 2011, Sherlock Film had been made by Guy Ritchie starring Robert Downey Jr. as Sherlock Holmes and Jude Law as Dr. Watson. The film had been a fair success.
However, the most recent Sherlock adaptation that has taken the world by storm is BBC’s Sherlock made by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss! The TV series stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock and the Hobbit actor Martin Freeman as Dr. John Watson. And what a breathtaking series it is! One can repeatedly watch it again and again and again and not get saturated. Benedict Cumberbatch has been marvellous in it and so are the dialogues. Spectacular screen play by the writers…typical of British humour and sarcasm. The witty, sardonic dialogues are what impart charm to the show and bring out Sherlock’s character so well.
The series actually led me thinking what if I was a detective? Or a spy? Tagging along Sherlock Holmes, running, hiding, interviewing, collecting evidences for Scotland Yard? Yes, why not? Why not give up my drab career and become an aide of Sherlock Holmes?!
So, what if I may not have his analytical mind or the keen eye for observation? I’d instead have Anand India’s range of spy cameras! That too would be fabulous. Guarding me against Jim Moriarty! Maybe I could spy on Holmes himself using a Pen Drive Camera or a Mini DV Recorder and avoid being stumped as John was, on his first meeting with Sherlock in A Study in Pink. Or, place a Socket Camera in the oriental curio shop, The Lucky Cat to get to the bottom of the mystery in The Blind Banker. A Button Camera planted on Carmichaels would have helped me to maybe understand what exactly would follow the arrival of orange pips. Or In the Signs of Three, give the Guardsman a Dynamo Pen Camera to keep a closer watch over his stalker and maybe save his life. Maybe also turn around the plot of His Last Vow completely on knowing that Charles Augustus Magnussen indeed used Spy Camera Glasses as Sherlock had guessed and he would not have to kill the notorious blackmailer. And the best of all would be to install a CCTV Camera at Baker Street to keep an eye on all the clients of Holmes!
Now now would that not cause blood pumping adrenaline rush? My very presence on the floors of 221 B Baker Street? Sitting by the fireplace, churning the grey cells and putting up with Sherlock’s histrionics. I would even be satisfied by merely taking notes and listening to him rambling. Maybe even feed his large EGO! Do everything possible as long as he lets me be around. With my arsenal that is, with the Anand India Spy Cameras!