After a little detective work, our nation’s favorite sleuths are revealed
They are some of our most beloved screen characters – detectives – and on the release of this month’s
Agatha Christie adaptation of Death on the Nile starring Kenneth Branagh as Hercule Poirot we look at who has been voted number one.
Elementary, my dear Watson! Sherlock Holmes has not only been named the UK’s number one big screen detective, but also the UK’s favorite mystery thriller movie, according to new national research.
The study saw the Guy Ritchie film take top spot (16 per cent), beating Alfred Hitchcock classic Psycho (15.8 per cent) and the prequel to Death on the Nile, Murder on the Orient Express (15.5 per cent), according to the study Carried out by Showcase Cinemas to celebrate the release of the latest Agatha Christie novel to hit the big screen.
Robert Downey Jr.’s portrayal of the iconic investigator also landed Sherlock top spot as the UK’s favorite detective from the big screen (27 per cent), with the classic Agatha Christie character Hercule Poirot (22 per cent) following in second and all- out action hero John McClane (20 per cent) from Die Hard rounding off the top three.
Agatha Christie novels are often known for their suspenseful settings, but it was the classic crime movie The Italian Job which won the UK’s vote for favorite cliff-hanger of all time.
The highly anticipated remake of Death on the Nile has hit cinema screens, yet it was the movie’s prequel
Murder on the Orient Express which was named the nation’s favorite Agatha Christie novel, winning almost a quarter of the votes (23 per cent), with Death on the Nile coming in narrowly behind with 19 per cent.
However, there was still another victory left for the Christie classics as Hercule Poirot was identified as the owner of the best big screen mustache of all time (26 per cent).
Dustin Hoffman’s performance as Peter Pan’s nemesis Captain Hook in Hook (18 per cent) finished runner-up and Sacha Baron Cohen’s comical character Borat rounded off the top lip top three (15 per cent).
Showcase Cinemas UK general manager Mark Barlow said: “The big screen has provided us with so many mysteries to solve over the years, that it’s very hard to pick a favorite mystery thriller.
“However, Robert Downey Jr’s unique portrayal of Sherlock Holmes did an amazing job of keeping the audience in suspense.
“It also comes as no surprise that Murder on the Orient Express made the top three, with Kenneth Branagh’s interpretation of iconic detective Poirot coming in close second as film fans favorite big screen detective.
“We can’t wait for cinemagoers to see the latest installment, Death on the Nile, when it is released. We know it will have guests on the edge of their seats from beginning to end.”
There was a significant generational divide when it came to choosing the nation’s favorite mystery thriller, with one in five 35-44-year-olds voting for the Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman psychological thriller Se7en, whereas over 65s voted for Murder on the Orient Express (24 per cent).
Participants who were 65 and over also voted Hercule Poirot as their favorite detective of all time (33 per cent), with all other age groups choosing Sherlock Holmes.
The UK’s top ten big screen detectives:
1. Sherlock Holmes27 per cent
2. Hercule Poirot22 per cent
3. John McClane20 per cent
4. Harry Callaghan (aka Dirty Harry) 18 per cent
5. Inspector Clouseau17 per cent
6. Clarice Starling16 per cent
8. Ace Ventura 10.5 per cent
9. Nicolas Angel10.21 per cent
10. Roger Murtaugh9 per cent
The UK’S top ten mystery thrillers:
1. Sherlock Holmes16 per cent
3. Murder On The Orient Express 15.5%
5. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo12 per cent
6. The Girl On The Train11.4 per cent
7. Basic Instinct 11.3 per cent
8. Gone Girl11.3 per cent
9. Shutter Island11.2 per cent
10. The Usual Suspects 10 per cent
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.