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Sherlock Holmes Copyright Holder Won't Tolerate Gay Subtext


Andrea Plunket, who holds the U.S. copyright to Sherlock Holmes is not happy that Robert Downey Jr. has been joking that the subtext of Holmes and Watson in Guy Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes is gay.

Said Plunket: “I hope this is just an example of Mr. Downey's black sense of humour. It would be drastic, but I would withdraw permission for more films to be made if they feel that is a theme they wish to bring out in the future. I am not hostile to homosexuals, but I am to anyone who is not true to the spirit of the books.”

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  1. So far as being truthful to Conan Doyle's novels, I already didn't think the Downey/Law movie was authentic in most respects. I was already looking for a gay subtext,because it wouldn't surprise me in the least if this was covert at the time of writing, given the hostiie social attitudes that prevailed in those days.

    Posted by: Derek Williams | Feb 5, 2010 7:19:57 PM

  2. Plunket is the ex-wife of the late TV producer Sheldon Reynolds, who produced a Sherlock Holmes TV series in the 1950s. According to, her claims that she owns the rights to the characters have been rejected in federal court, and her attempt to trademark the name Sherlock Holmes was likewise rejected by the U.S. patent office. Officially the Estate of Dame Jean Conan Doyle is registered as the owner of the Sherlock Holmes copyrights. In response to an email inquiry from Studio Briefing, Jon Lellenberg, the attorney for the estate said, "Her claims to own U.S. rights to Conan Doyle's protected works and characters are entirely bogus, and we are continuing to collect on several judgments against her for attorneys fees and costs in those federal court cases despite her attempts to evade.")

    so this lady has not right to do that

    Posted by: Flora | Feb 22, 2010 9:45:16 AM

  3. Ms. Plunket, if you've kept up-to-date with the case, is the owner because last time someone sold her copyright it was mistaken fact.

    Posted by: Sarah | Feb 24, 2013 1:13:07 PM

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