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Jonathan Korman

The notion of a Brett Maverick other than James Garner is patently absurd. And I will brook no disagreement: Jeremey Brett is the real Sherlock Holmes.

There is already a better Batman than Christian Bale—the voice actor Kevin Conroy. Plus I cannot resist bringing up Jeffrey Combs as The Question while we're watching cartoons ....

El Jefe

Lance,

The main acting event in Downey's "Holmes" (other than just the screen presence of Watson's intended -- shazam) was watching Jude Law tone down his ego and wrestle with David Burke for the title of Best Watson Ever. (Well, Edward Hardwicke was a decent Watson-going-grey, but Burke and Law are between them far more what Conan Doyle intended. The authorial Watson, I think, lies in their middle distance.) Totally with you on Garner's Marlowe and his Earp. Sorry to see you overlook the Mavericks' English cousin -- Roger Moore. (Sidebar: I do hope they get the "Saint" TV movie with James Purefoy off the ground. He might just echo back to the halcyon days of George Sanders doing Simon Templar. Possibly Sanders' best role besides his bits in "Foreign Correspondent" and "A Shot in the Dark." The b&w Roger Moores are pretty good, though.)

When I was little, playing with my preschool best friend in the fairly early 70s, he had an old (not so old then) singles record player, one of the little ones, in his room. We threaded "Davy Crockett" in with Sesame Street pretty much constantly. But our Batman was Adam West. And we dutifully took turns as Robin.

And, though it may even get me barred here, no one, *no one*, will ever be Emma Peel except Diana Rigg.

Mark

I grew up watching Davy Crockett - I'm that old- but when I think of the theme song, somewhere around "killed him a bear when he was only three", the song morphs into the Beverly Hillbillies theme. Weird.

Janelle Dvorak

Daveee, Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier. I believe Buddy Ebsen was his sidekick although I barely remember it. I was fonder of Tom Tryon in "Texas John Slaughter", sort of a cut-rate pastiche of Ford's cavalry trilogy.

Mark

Diana Rigg as Emma Peel! Oh, man! Talk about your adolescent fantasies. I loved her character. "Kick ass" could have been coined for her.

Dave the H.

Sean Connery's Robin Hood was quite special, though...surprised you didn't mention it...made the character more human than other actors had.

actor212

You DARE to mention Marlowe and ignore Robert Mitchum?????

*GASP*

I'm...I'm so disillusioned!

actor212

I'll throw yet another popular character out at you and the only actor to credibly portray him:

Dracula - Frank Langella (altho I saw Raul Julia on Broadway, ironically understudying Langella that night).

I've seen most of the Dracula adaptations, except for the cheesy ripoffs of the genre like Dracula 2000. Gary Oldman was credible, but he never brought the ethereal sexuality that Langella dripped.

Odd, because I've seen Oldman play that kind of character in other films, like the Gary Gilmore biography.

Linkmeister

Re: Zorro, it was only Antonio Banderas that had Catherine Zeta-Jones to dally with. That has to count for something.

Dave

Definitives: Clark Kent: Christopher Reeve. Superman: George Reeves. Batman: Kevin Conroy. Philip Marlowe: Dick Powell. Agreeance on Sherlock Holmes, Robin Hood, and the Musketeers

marianne19

I am kind of partial to Garner's Earp in Sunset also.

Lance

Marianne, yes! Sunset! Thanks for reminding me.

El Jefe, Law did a great job. His Watson was like Doyle's Watson's subconscious unleashed. It also made me look forward to his taking his own, serious crack at Holmes.

Dave the H, can't get everything in. That's why I rely on and love my commenters. Yep, Connery was very human in Robin and Marian. But I like that one as much for Nichol Williamson's Little John and Robert Shaw's sheriff, as for Connery and Hepburn. They both captured in different ways what it was like to live in the shadow of a legend and it was more what they did than what Connery did himself that suggested that this Robin had really once been that Robin.

Mike Schilling

Robert Newton is the very best Long John Silver there ever has been or ever could be.

Mandy Patinkin is the Platonic ideal of Inigo Montoya. The rest of the cast is merely very, very good (aside from Wallace Shawn, totally miscast as Vizzini, who should have been played by someone as sinister as Peter Lorre), but Patinkin alone is perfect. (Well, maybe Andre the Giant was also perfect.)

Lance is 100% correct that Oliver Reed was the only Musketeer who approached being definitive, though Faye Dunaway simply is Milady (and Heston, to give him his due, was a brilliant Cardinal Richilieu).

No one in the The Lord of the Rings films came close to being the definitive anybody. That's one of many reasons that the films are essentially disposable, and the books will long outlive them.

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