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Sunday, June 24, 2012

Perfect

How lucky we are to have lived through the incarnation of the world's greatest, sexiest detective, with the wonderful Vincent D'Onofrio as Robert Goren.

But we have been lucky enough in the UK to have had a lifetime of perfect matches between actor and role.

When Agatha Christie met the actress Joan Hickson, she told her that, when she was older, she would be the perfect Miss Marple. The TV people were able to see this, too, and so we had many years of wonderful portrayals.


Poirot, too, was perfectly portrayed by David Suchet, who continues in the role occasionally to this day.


The finest ever Sherlock Holmes was indubitably the wonderful, plummy-voiced Jeremy Brett. He was also the finest Maxim de Winter in Rebecca, just as Colin Firth was the best Mr Darcy.


Ruth Rendell's Inspector Wexford was stuffed full of character by George Baker long past a real copper's retirement age (and indeed she has brought the character out of retirement recently. Sadly, George is no longer around to portray him). Here he is with his on-screen wife, who became his real-life wife after the death of his previous Mrs.


One of my favourite cop teams is Dalziel and Pascoe. Colin Buchanan is good as Inspector Pascoe, but Warren Clarke is irresisistible as the Fat Controller Dalziel (for my US readers, that's pronounced "Dee-ell")


Any perfect casting you would like to share with us?

9 comments:

PantaRhei said...

From the numerous incarnations of Miss Marple Joan Hickson is my favourite. David Suchet is the only Poirot for me, and Jeremy Brett was larger than life as Sherlock Holmes.

I think Bobby Goren already became an icon.At least in my heart...:))

judith said...

Val. all you say is quite right. They are all perfect for the roles they play...
The UK. has some Fabulous Detectives.....

JoJo said...

The movie "To Kill a Mockingbird" is the most perfectly cast movie in the world, IMHO anyway.

vikeau said...

"To Kill A Mockingbird" to this day my all time favorite movie with "Lawrence of Arabia" being a close second. As for the British detective series, val ypu've hit all my favorites.

Eliza said...

David Jason as Jack Frost? I know it takes a bit to get over the fact that Del Boy became a detective, but after that I think he did a credible job.I've read all the books the series is based on, and I can't think of anyone who could have done it better :)

Diane said...

What Eliza said!

bobbybegood1 said...

IMHO Peter Falk as Colombo IS the undisputed greatest detective in the world. Bobby is second. Cheers!!

MaryInChicago said...

Well...as a fan of many so far mentioned, I must agree that Vincent is the sexiest and also the most lovable. His soft voice and soulful eyes looking so deeply into the eyes of Persons of Interest (sometimes with the bending over thing), followed by a focused crescendo into a full-throated intensely energetic confrontational climax is almost like...well..

MaryInChicago said...

Well...as a fan of many so far mentioned, I must agree that Vincent is the sexiest and also the most lovable. His soft voice and soulful eyes looking so deeply into the eyes of Persons of Interest (sometimes with the bending over thing), followed by a focused crescendo into a full-throated intensely energetic confrontational climax is almost like...well..

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