This is similar to some of the discussions we have where the words “that’s not my Superman” end up being used with liberal abandon. As someone who was introduced to the original novels at an early age (with the illustrations from the Strand magazine of course), I find it hard to disagree. My Sherlock Holmes is the one who suffers from boredom and craves work. He knows little of politics or literature, not wanting to crowd the attic of his mind with trivialities. And he’s basically a good man.
However by the time I was growing up, there were innumerable versions of Sherlock Holmes in the same way that there were different takes on Robin Hood or Hamlet or James Bond.
I am a fanatical Sherlock Holmes fan. I will probably watch, listen to or read pretty much anything with Sherlock Holmes on it. And yes, some of that output is truly appalling. Them’s the breaks, unfortunately.
I can watch that stuff and take it on it’s merits. The RDJ movies were funny adventure movies, but pretty poor Sherlock Holmes adaptions (they were probably more in the vein of Sexton Blake to be honest). I am a fan of Sherlock. I acknowledge that it is an adaptation of the stories by people who are very enthusiastic about them, in the same way that the Sam Raimi Spider-man were made by someone who loves the comics, but not necessarily for people who love them. If I want the read deal, I still have the Conan Doyle stories on a shelf and can take them out at any time.
Big Finish productions have been doing a Sherlock Holmes audio series for a couple of years now that I’ve been enjoying. It is based in and around the existing canon, with the odd adaptation here and there.
To ask a potentially loaded question, @Miqque, how to you feel about Basil Rathbone movies?