Benedict Cumberbatch will make you weak in the knees in the new ‘Sherlock’ trailer


These new Sherlock Season 3 promotional images are going to be the death of me. I especially love the photo of Benedict Cumberbatch/Sherlock on the ground, wearing a tuxedo/bowtie. I’m assuming that’s from Watson’s wedding, right? Sigh. Love it. Anyway, as I’m sure you’ve seen by now, a new trailer has been released for Sherlock’s Season 3. I’m having all of the feels. ALL OF THE FEELS. First of all, Sherlock speaks! Finally. He’s all haughty and contemptuous and I guess he’s been away from England all this time. HAS HE BEEN IN AMERICA?! Mycroft knows where he’s been. And I guess there’s a reference to Molly too. Molly was part of the plot. And John is still mourning. Why can’t I see this right now? WHY?

Jesus Christ he looks good here. I mean… seriously. HE LOOKS SO GOOD. The Cumbercurls, the Cumbercheekbones, the Cumberhaughty. UNF.

Anyway, Benedict has about a million new interviews and quotes. First, if you’re a die-hard Sherlock-loonie, you should check out this Den of Geek interview with Benedict. It’s slightly spoiler-y, but Benedict is very good about not giving anything away. He does hint that Irene Adler might possibly come back in some small way which… OMG. Lara Pulver! Maybe he’ll touch her wrist again and tell her off. PLEASE. I’m also including some assorted quotes below from other interviews:

Benedict on the box office failure of ‘The Fifth Estate’: ”Well I always thought that Disney and Dreamworks were odd bedfellows for such a specialist topic, really. The parallel is ‘The Social Network’, but everyone uses Facebook, not everyone is au fait with WikiLeaks. This was never going to be popcorn multiplex film. Whether the film has a big box office or not, the response to how I have performed has done me huge favours. You know, it’s the first lead role I’ve had and it’s caused this much attention.”

Whether the flop affected his chance at an Oscar: ”I think so, but then I never really held out for that.”

How Sherlock survived The Fall: “I think you’re in for a treat… I was too curious not to ask and figure it out myself, I think I sort of got into the same obsession that the nation did before we did it. My personal preference is being surprised in the moment of watching something rather than knowing ahead of time. But I also understand why everyone’s desperate to know because it’s frustrating. It’s witty and loving and intelligent enough for people to actually really enjoy it.”

Doing motion-capture for Smaug: “For the role, I went to the reptile house in the London Zoo. And then I went to New Zealand, where I received Peter’s input and began playing like a kid in the ‘mo-cap stage.’ It’s absolutely abstract. It’s an impression of a serpentine reptile that can breathe fire and fly. And I’m a limited biped mammal. But I’d squeeze my legs together and use my hands as claws and throw back my neck. It was a really fun way to work.”

[From Contact Music, Toronto Sun & Metro]

Well, Benedict handled The Fifth Estate question really well. Better than most actors handle questions about their not-so-impressive box office flops and/or criticisms of their performances. While The Fifth Estate is being called “the biggest flop of 2013,” I do think Benedict’s right – it was his first time as a leading man in a major film, and while the film deserved to “flop,” Benedict made the most of the crappy material he was given. Does he get bonus points for being the best part of a bad movie? Maybe.

As for The Fall and the resolution… isn’t it crazy that it’s been two years and we still don’t really know what happened and how it happened? My take? The Brits are just better at secrets.




Photos courtesy of WENN, the BBC.


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  1. Amelia says:

    Ohhh, Mrs Hudson! What a sweetheart.
    I think it should be obligatory for every rented building in London to have their own Mrs Hudson.
    I don’t know why, but I didn’t expect the time lapse to be as long as two years. Although I suppose it makes sense – it’s been two years since broadcast . . .

  2. Sandy says:

    Sorry ladies, I just don’t get it. He looks like an animated skeleton to me.

    • KromBoom says:

      I don’t get it either. But I WANT to understand. You bundy-lovers seem like a fun lot!

      • KromBoom says:

        oops…that should be bendy-lovers. Or cumby-lovers.

      • Carla says:

        I didn’t saw it at first either; but then I started watching Sherlock, and it all made sense, cause in real life he IS a really smart british guy. So I now do feel atraccted to him; not for the prettyness, but for the panty dropping intellect. It’s like the whole Hugh Laurie/House thing: regular bloke that while in House character was extremely hot, and thus hot in real life -but never quite as much as his tv personna-, just like Cumby.

    • Granger says:

      It took me a while to TOTALLY get it. In still photos, he isn’t half as lovely as he is in motion. It’s the whole package: he’s interesting to look at, he’s smart, and THAT ACCENT!! Plus, he has what my grandmother would have politely but naughtily called “bedroom eyes.” :-) I think it was seeing him on Jimmy Fallon the other night that made me a true member of the Cumbercollective (I love that he wants to rename his fan group). He seems very humble and almost embarrassed about all the attention. When the girls in the audience were screaming for him, he would kind of rub his forehead and get this perplexed look on his face, but the whole time, he’d be politely saying, “Oh thanks…”, like he didn’t know how else to react. Okay, the dude’s an actor, so maybe it’s all an act, but hey, I’m all for being entertained.

  3. vgirl says:

    All these promo material are trapping me further into the Cumber-web. What am I going to do when S3 is over? Will be in serious withdrawal.

    I should focus on the positive though – so much Cumby goodness to look forward to over the next month :-D

  4. maria says:

    who’s the person that mattered most? Mycroft or Molly?

  5. Faye says:

    “Benedict Cumberbatch will make you weak in the knees . . .”
    Among other areas. Drool . . .

    Ahem. As you were.

  6. betsy says:

    If you don’t the appeal after watching that amazing trailer then its pointless having a discussion. Nothing on tv gets me more excited than this show and Cumberbatch’s performance. Its the best and if you can’t see that … well… I truly feel a tad sorry for you

  7. Tish says:

    That Cumby on the floor! Eat me!

  8. CaribbeanLaura says:

    Oh where has Tfanty been???? I do hope she’s well. Things are rather quite boring without her shank.

    • LadySlippers says:

      Well, it’s Eve who shanks (she’ll be upset if you don’t get that part correct) and Fanty that brought snark and story telling. And then there’s Miss Eyre, Sixer, Vespa, Curls, and ProBeer….. all out absent too (and some people I’m forgetting). EsCon and Anna has been in attendance so thank god for that.

      But I do hope it’s just life that’s keeping her and them away. Thornfield is so so so lonely with no one to visit with. Even the hedgehogs are restless (and sadly I don’t know their care routine so they are getting hungry too). The chandeliers tinkle but it’s such a melancholy sound.

      *sad sigh*

  9. cc says:

    give me season 3 now please omg *-*

  10. GeeMoney says:

    I love that pic of him on the floor… he looks dreamy!

    Season 3 of Sherlock cannot come soon enough…

  11. LadySlippers says:

    On a completely different note — can anyone else, other than me, hear how Benedict’s voice is changing? I think all the voice work is taking its toll on his beloved voice. Not good. Hopefully he does have some rest time coming up to allow his voice to heal.

  12. Joanie says:

    FYI he was just in Berlin promoting 12YAS, looking super cute.

    Video too (wait for the hand porn at the end):

    You might want to grab a bucket for the inevitable drool before you click the links.

  13. Jenna says:

    SHERLOCK FEELS!!! Is it New Year’s yet?

  14. allons-y alonso says:

    Can’t wait for this!!!! I am trying to stay away from spoilers as best as possible but PLEASE don’t bring back Irene Adler.

    • LadySlippers says:

      You didn’t like Irene? Why not???

      • Joanie says:

        I agree with allows – Moffat took everything that made Irene great as a character and killed it for ‘Sherlock.’

        First she’s a dominatrix (ooohh ahhh) who’s also gay (ooohh ahhh) but falls in love with Sherlock anyway (ooohh ahhh) and then is SAVED BY HIM?! What the fuckity fuck.

        The original Irene was the only person who ever bested Holmes. That’s why he respected her. THAT’S why she was ‘The Woman.’ She was NOT Moriarty’s lackey, and she was NOT saved by Sherlock. I almost threw my remote at my television when I first viewed that scene.

        I think that Lara Pulver did a great job with the material she was given, and I’ll admit that she and Cumby had a palpable chemistry (but let’s face it, Cumby would have chemistry with a stone in the street). However, the point of Irene’s character was that she was a woman like no other, who could outwit the smartest of men and save herself. ‘Sherlock’s Irene gets used by Moriarty, tripped up completely by Sherlock and winds up a damsel in distress.

        So now maybe you can see how people who loved her character as it was written by Doyle are a little annoyed with Moffat, and would rather not see her return. Oh, and it’s not like you can’t update the character – ‘Elementary’s mindfuck of making Irene and Moriarty the same person was amazing.

      • allons-y alonso says:

        after a long days work I decided to pop back here. @Ladyslippers , i find Joanie took the words right out of my mouth. :)

  15. Becky says:

    Ok here comes my poor attempt at a Sherlockian deduction…
    I think the much debated ‘one who he thought didn’t matter actually mattered the most’ is Molly. I know people have said but she wasn’t one one the 3 that were targeted by the snipers who would shoot if they didn’t see Sherlock jump i.e. Lestrade, Mrs Hudson and John. Moriarty overlooked Molly as he believed she didn’t matter to Sherlock and so putting her in danger would serve as no motivation for him jumping. BUT THIS IS THE WHOLE POINT!
    Moriarty MADE A MISTAKE in thinking this as as Sherlock says himself she did count, she always counted and he’d always trusted her. She was just as important if not more so than the others which is why she was the only one to be told of his ‘plan’ and why she was the one to ‘save’ him.
    We will know for sure when the episodes come back (cannot wait!) but going off the actual dialogue I would say it is Molly, Moriarty thought she didn’t matter so didn’t think to make her a target, but she was the one that mattered the most as she was critical in his ‘survival’. This could also be applied to Mycroft I suppose but my bets are on Molly :D

    • curlsunited says:

      Molly tops the bookies’ list, I guess.

      What are the odds of Sherlock actually jumping out of a cake?

    • LadySlippers says:

      But how does his death ‘benefit’ Molly?

      • Becky says:

        Sorry could you clarify? do you mean ‘benefit’ as in for John, Lestrade and Mrs Hudson they get to survive. And since Molly was never in that danger there is no benefit for her?
        If thats the case the ‘benefit’ from Sherlocks ‘death’ to Molly is relatively small. She lives because she was never in danger in the first place. Her character has been the subject of back hand comments, sarcastic jibes and mocks throughout the series on Sherlock’s behalf (not to deliberately hurt her thats just how he is) but she has always felt inferior. BUT in her knowing Sherlock’s plan she finally understood her worth and that in his most desperate moments he needed her and she was valuable to him.
        I hope we see development in their relationship, not romantically as that doesn’t feel right for the characters but in terms of friendship and trust there is a huge surge that I feel should be discussed.

      • Lucrezia says:

        I think I understand what LadySlippers is thinking. It depends on whether you think Sherlock is talking about HOW he faked his death, or WHY. Let me try to explain.

        1) How. (The track most people are on.)
        Someone (probably Mycroft, Lestrade or John): So – how’d you manage to fake it with Moriarty watching you so closely?
        Sherlock: The one person he [Moriarty] thought didn’t matter at all to me, was the one person who mattered the most [in helping me fake my own death]. (This would be someone who is NOT a sniper target, because if Moriarty thought Sherlock cared he’d have put a sniper on them. Probably Molly, because we know she definitely helped, but could be Mycroft.)

        2) Why. (Sounds like this is the track LadySlippers is on.) Sherlock faked his death to benefit the person who matters the most. The obvious assumption is that he’s talking about one of the sniper targets. Probably John, since this is a total bromance.

        Mycroft (or maybe John’s fiancé): You realise John is really shitty at you for abandoning him, right? He doesn’t understand why you had to be so cruel.
        Sherlock: The one person he [John] thought didn’t matter at all to me, was the one person who mattered the most. (John thought I didn’t care about his feelings, and I guess making my best friend witness my suicide could be considered rather insensitive, but I was trying to save his life. John can just suck it up.)

        At first I thought it was obviously #1. But now I’m leaning towards the second option. Mostly for obscure scripting/writing reasons. For starters, Sherlock’s going to have to do some major sweet-talking to get John (and the audience) to forgive him, and we’ve just had a “Sherlock sweet-talks Molly” moment (“I need you”). It’s too soon to have another Molly-moment. Also, option 2 gives the trailer a nice twist: haha! you all thought this line was about Molly, but it’s about John. Surprise! The rest of the trailer seems fairly straightforward, and big “event” trailers aren’t usually so simple/linear.

        But on the other hand, I could *definitely* be over-thinking this.