There exist a number of characters in films that never die. Resurrected by different actors and directors, these characters attract a cult following and a legacy that never stops growing. Here's a top 7 of some characters immortalised in cinema.
New Delhi,UPDATED: May 6, 2016 11:57 IST
From James Bond to Mission Impossible's Ethan Hawke to the simple werewolf, we compiled a list of characters that have been portrayed the most in movies.
FANG YOU VERY MUCH
Count Dracula, the bloodthirsty vampire with pointed fangs, is a character from Bram Stoker's 1897 gothic horror novel - Dracula. The character first came on screens in 1921 in the silent horror film Dracula's Death. Since 1921, more than 200 Dracula movies have been released, out of which at least 30 have been big budget films.
A few recent and popular movie titles include Dracula 2000, starring Gerard Butler, Van Helsing, starring Hugh Jackman and a really bizarre movie called Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter. There even exists an animation film called Hotel Transylvania, starring Adam Sandler. In 2014, the blockbuster Dracula Untold was released, which told the story of the origin of Count Dracula. In 1994, a star-studded film called Interview with the Vampire even had Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise playing vampires.
HOLMES SWEET HOLMES
Sherlock Holmes is so popular that scores of actors have played him. It's elementary my dear Watson. The world's most brilliant detective has appeared in more than 200 movies and been played by more than 70 actors. Before David Cumberbatch blew everyone's minds in the brilliant TV adaptation, some of the actors that played Sherlock included Michael Caine, Roger Moore, Christopher Lee, Ian McKellen and the charismatic Robert Downey Jr. Yes sir, he is really popular. If Arthur Conan Doyle was on Twitter, he'd say, 'No s**t, Sherlock.'
With the plethora of World War movies produced, Hitler has most likely appeared as a character in more than 400 movies. Some recent films that showed the murderous German dictator include the Tom Cruise-starrer Valkyrie, about the assassination bid on Hitler to the Oscar-winning The King's Speech, starring Colin Firth. Hitler also appeared in the Quentin Tarantino blockbuster Inglourious Basterds and believe it or not, in a Captain America film. One of the most famous films on Hitler is of course The Great Dictator, written, directed and produced by Charlie Chaplin.
THE NAME IS BOND
When it comes to spy thrillers, it doesn't get bigger than 007. The suave character with a love for women, martinis and fancy cars was created by Ian Fleming and has been regaling film audiences since 1962, when Sean Connery unleashed some swag. More than 25 official James Bond films have been produced with six different actors, the last one in her majesty's secret service being Daniel Craig.
THE LORD OF THE JUNGLE
There have been a whopping 200 Tarzan movies produced. The character, created by Edgar Rice Burroughs, has been swinging from trees and wrestling with gorillas dressed in nothing but a loincloth since 1918. Interestingly, actor Johnny Weismuller played Tarzan in more than 10 movies and is better known as Tarzan himself. A major motion picture called The Legend of Tarzan is due for release on July 1.
THIS SANTA DOESN'T KNOW BANTA
There is no clause that says you can't make a film on Santa Clause. The roly-poly Father Christmas has featured in over a 100 films, and that doesn't include the hundreds of times he has probably appeared in a blink and miss scene in some films. Some famous Santa titles include, the 1994 Tim Allen film The Santa Clause, Miracle on 34th Street, Bad Santa, The Polar Express, etc.
THE CAPED CRUSADER
Batman was created by artist Bob Kane in 1939. The character first appeared in films in 1940 and since then, the Batmobile has never run out of fuel. There have been more than 10 Batman movies and nine different actors.
While Lewis Wilson starred as the first Batman, the most popular one has been Christian Bale in the hit Dark Knight series. Other actors that played him include George Clooney, Val Kilmer and Michael Keaton.
With other iconic characters like Jesus Christ, Mahatma Gandhi, and Abraham Lincoln, this list is endless.
Gandhi has appeared in more than 100 movies, while Christ and Lincoln have seen at least 350 and 250 movies respectively, if not more. The title for most portrayed character in popular films goes to Sherlock Holmes.
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"Mediocrity knows nothing higher than itself; but talent instantly recognizes genius." - Arthur Conan Doyle
May 5, 2016
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