As a kid, I loved to watch the Sunday morning reruns of the Basil Rathbone version of Sherlock Holmes episodes on Channel 9. The visual Holmes then led me to the literary Holmes written, of course, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

The Holmes character, now over 125 years old, has become a cultural icon. Guinness World Records has consistently listed Sherlock Holmes as the "most portrayed movie character," with more than 70 actors playing the part in over 200 films. That includes Robert Downey, Jr.; and a just-announced movie in production starring Sir Ian McQuillen. And, of course, a number of Sherlock Holmes apps.

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