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#118234 - 11/05/03 06:17 PM Re: Say your word! Should Sherlock Holmes speak in British or American English?
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English. Henry Higgins-like, perhaps. However, acornia makes a fantastic point -- he could blend in with the crowd wherever he was; that means he needs to be able to talk like Eliza Doolittle as well. I'm probably asking too much, but hey, it's still worth asking laugh
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#118235 - 11/05/03 06:30 PM Re: Say your word! Should Sherlock Holmes speak in British or American English?
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An upper class English accent would be "Absolutely Fabulous!"

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#118236 - 11/05/03 08:35 PM Re: Say your word! Should Sherlock Holmes speak in British or American English?
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An English accent please! laugh
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#118237 - 11/05/03 08:58 PM Re: Say your word! Should Sherlock Holmes speak in British or American English?
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Come on. What kinda' question is that? British of course.

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#118238 - 11/05/03 09:16 PM Re: Say your word! Should Sherlock Holmes speak in British or American English?
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I agree with Titan, why would anything else even be considered and why even ask the question?
Is it being assumed that "Americans" would not be able to understand a British accent?
A non-English sounding Sherlock would sound strange and be distracting and unrealistic.

By the way...what's American English?
New York? California? Texas? Chicago? Alabama?

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#118239 - 11/05/03 09:31 PM Re: Say your word! Should Sherlock Holmes speak in British or American English?
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Good old Sherlock would seem weird with an American accent. If you want to try something different, give him an Aussie one, then nobody would understand what he is saying lol Definitely an English accent goes with Sherlock Holmes. Watson may have been Scottish but in any movies, games I have seen/played he has always sounded English too.

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#118240 - 11/05/03 10:00 PM Re: Say your word! Should Sherlock Holmes speak in British or American English?
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Proper English....NOT American.
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#118241 - 11/05/03 10:12 PM Re: Say your word! Should Sherlock Holmes speak in British or American English?
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Where I live some people have problems with northern accents. With Sherlock the problems will be more with translations on using either the british or american term. Like lorry, or bonnet for truck or trunk. But like hearing other countries' expressions/colloquilisms.
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#118242 - 11/05/03 10:57 PM Re: Say your word! Should Sherlock Holmes speak in British or American English?
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Absolutely! Jeremy Brett was the perfect Sherlock Holmes, no question! They did well with Mycroft & Watson in that series too IMHO

Yes, Sherlock needs to have an upper-crust English voice or he will clash with expectations.

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#118243 - 11/05/03 10:58 PM Re: Say your word! Should Sherlock Holmes speak in British or American English?
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Of course British or English, whatever you want to call it - the point is, it must be REAL and TRUE to the character, wherever he is actually from (I'm not really familiar with Sherlock).

I think Timothy Dalton is Welsh, so the only real English person to play Bond was Roger Moore - Dalton is, incidentally, my favourite Bond, and it's a shame he only did two movies, and not the best Bond movies at that, but he did a great job.
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#118244 - 11/05/03 11:16 PM Re: Say your word! Should Sherlock Holmes speak in British or American English?
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Sherlock should have a British accent.Imagine a game with an American PI like Sam Spade or Mick Hammer with a British accent.Is Holmes an English family name?

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#118245 - 11/06/03 01:09 AM Re: Say your word! Should Sherlock Holmes speak in British or American English?
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Yes Ditlihi, Holmes is an English surname, though not very common like Jones or Smith
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#118246 - 11/06/03 01:58 AM Re: Say your word! Should Sherlock Holmes speak in British or American English?
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If I recall correctly, the original question was something like . "English or American ENGLISH" not accent, but we all got on our bikes lol

Having said that, I would much PREFER the Oxford English spellings and pronunciation AND accent. We don't want Sherlock Holmes and Watson saying:

"She'll be right, mate" (Aussie)
"That's OK Pal" ( Nothern American)
"hosta la vista" ?????? or anything else "foreign" .......

Sherlock was OLDE WORLDE and set in ENGLAND, when times were tough, and smoking pipes was "manly" ..... let's not get carried away with making Sherlock "modern" got goodness sakes.

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#118247 - 11/06/03 03:51 AM Re: Say your word! Should Sherlock Holmes speak in British or American English?
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Hi smile

"Posh" English for Sherlock himself....And definitely sub-titles for everyone , please laugh

Cheers.

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#118248 - 11/06/03 05:30 PM Re: Say your word! Should Sherlock Holmes speak in British or American English?
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English accent most definitely.

Subtitles would be great just in case.

My favorite Sherlock was Basil Rathbone and wouldn't it be great to have someone mimic him. happydance
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