Russian Sherlock Holmes

What was intended to be typical mini-series, with the efforts of Russian actors Vasily Livanov and Vitaly Solomin turned into an unusual phenomenon. They managed to create the best in history images of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson.

Recently it was estimated that Sherlock Holmes is the character, which was adapted for the big screen the most.

If you go to the museum of Sherlock Holmes on Baker Street in London, then on the wall there you will see a picture of Vasily Livanov, and will also hear the voices of many Russian tourists.

Best Sherlock Holmes of All Time!

“But, how on earth?” – to paraphrase Dr. Watson, we will ask the question: “How did the Russian acting duo manage to create such  unique characters? Why do the British believe that Russians returned them their national heroes?”

Vitaly Livanov believes that the explanation lies in the ability to create the characters, in the ability to depict true friendship between Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson.

The History of the Voice

One time Vasily Livanov recorded the voice over for an episode during a real shooting, in freezing weather in the wind.

After shooting, he lost his voice, which only returned to him two weeks later with a now familiar to millions of viewerstone. Vasily Livanov was terrified. But he quickly realized that it was a great gift.

The Award

British Ambassador in Russia on behalf of Queen Elizabeth II awarded Vasily Livanov with the Order of the Commander of the British Empire. Vasily Livanov was short in his response: “God Save the Queen and the great Russian art!”

Interestingly, next to the British Embassy in Moscow a monument to Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson was opened. And of course, the prototypes for the sculpture were the Russian actors.

Shortly after the premiere of the Russian mini-series and its broadcast on television, the daughter of Arthur Conan Doyle sent a letter in which he wrote that her father would have been happy to watch such an amazing Sherlock Holmes!

To this day the broadcast of the miniseries with the actors Vasily Livanov and Vitaly Solomin annually gather an impressive audience.

This article contains some facts  from Vasily Livanov interview in 2006


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