“I hear of Sherlock everywhere,” the detective’s older brother, Mycroft, once remarked. Today, one hears of Sherlock Holmes in more places than ever before. The image of the deerstalker hat and curved-stem Calabash pipe has become synonymous with the word “detective” throughout the world.
Even within Conan Doyle’s lifetime, Sherlock Holmes seemed to step off the printed page and take on a life of his own. The detective found his way onto the stage as early as 1893 and his film debut in 1900, Holmes has since appeared in hundreds of original movie and television adaptations across the globe.
The familiar hawk-nosed profile has decorated teapots, chess pieces, dinner plates, board games, T shirts, and chewing-gum packages—to name but a few. The detective has resently begun to branch out into video games and graphic novels.
As the fame of Sherlock Holmes stretches into a third century, the detective is enjoying a fresh wave of interest fuelled by a new movie franchise and modern-day television adaptations. What will tomorrow bring for Holmes and the intrepid Dr. Watson? As the detective himself once remarked, “I shall expect to hear of some brilliant incidents in their future career.”