by August Wainwright on March 10, 2013
In the first match-up of the tournament, we’ve got the top seed Sherlock Holmes versus the underdog Kurt Wallander. Scroll to the bottom of the page to vote. Here’s how they stack up.
#1 Sherlock Holmes – a detective created by author and physician Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. A London-based “consulting detective” whose abilities border on the fantastic, Holmes is famous for his astute logical reasoning, his ability to adopt almost any disguise, and his use of forensic science skills to solve difficult cases.
Doyle’s novels The Hound of the Baskervilles and A Study in Scarlet are considered to be two of the greatest mystery stories of all-time. The enduring popularity of Sherlock Holmes has led to hundreds of works based on the character – both adaptations into other media and original stories.
The 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. And although Sherlock Holmes is not the original fictional detective, his name has become a byword for the part.
#16 Kurt Wallander – a fictional character created by Swedish crime writer Henning Mankell. There are currently 10 English novels in the series, which started in 1991. A few have not yet been translated from the originals.
Inspector Wallander has few close friends and is known for his less-than-desirable lifestyle. He frequently regards the crimes he investigates on a very personal level, throwing himself into catching criminals and going against the orders of his superiors to try to solve a case, often with negative effects on his emotional stability.
Over the years he has grown increasingly disillusioned with his work, and often wonders whether he should have become a police officer at all. His relationships with his colleagues are tentative; they are alternately amazed by his intellect and frustrated by his brusque manner and aggressive tactics.
Wallander has been portrayed on screen by the actors Rolf Lassgård, Krister Henriksson and Kenneth Branagh.
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