Professor James Moriarty: An Adaptation study of the Guy Ritchie film Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011) and the BBC TV Series Sherlock (2010-2017)

Pelle Imlau-Jeppesen & Mikkel Hill Larsen

Studenteropgave: Kandidatprojekt


This project investigates how the antagonist James Moriarty has been portrayed as a villain in Guy Ritchie’s motion picture Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011) and the BBC TV Series Sherlock (2010-2017). Through a thematic analysis focusing on the subjects we have called “The Antagonist in Motion” and “Homoerocity and emotions in BBC’s Sherlock”, the project concludes the following: the film Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows creates a much more contrastive relationship between villain and hero, which can be seen as a way of incorporating the social class dynamics of Conan Doyle’s original text. However, in adapting this dynamic for a 21st century audience, the villain of Moriarty is first and foremost portrayed as a corrupt businessman rather than an elitist socialite or plain revengeful evildoer. In the BBC series the characters of Sherlock and Jim share an intimate relationship due to their many likenesses. Jim is a fluid character that navigates gender, sexuality and personality. As a villain Jim is presented as a seductive psychopath that has no desire of money or power but has an ultimate goal of breaking Sherlock.

UddannelserEngelsk, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Kandidat
Udgivelsesdato22 maj 2017
Antal sider28
VejledereEbbe Klitgård


  • Adaptation
  • Moriarty
  • Sherlock
  • Jim Moriarty
  • James Moriarty
  • Sherlock Holmes
  • Andre Bazin
  • Lawrence Venuti
  • Linda Hutcheon