17 July 2009

Who Best Depicts Hercule Poirot?

My recent poll asked which actor best depicted Hercule Poirot. And somewhat predictably David Suchet won hands down as you can see.

Novels and short stories featuring Hercule Poirot span an incredible period of time 1920 - 1975 (although some short stories were published after that).

Hercule Poirot in Literature is worth checking on Wikipedia - someone has done a great deal of work in creating the lists there.

There is also a lovely website devoted to him, in addition to the official Christie site.

Poirot's age is an interesting puzzle. He was born in 1864, was ready to retire in 1914, and then arrived in London in 1916 as an evacuee.
He dies in 1974, nearly 60 years later. That should make him 108 years old when he dies! But of course Poirot did not age as we do.

Christie sent Poirot and his "little grey cells" into murder-solving action in 33 novels and 51 short stories.

David Suchet has been portraying Hercule Poirot for 20 years now, and a newspaper article earlier this year alerted us to the fact that Suchet is running out of material to film. It seems that the final CURTAIN, Poirot's last case could be as little as 2 years away.


Bernadette said...

poor Peter - my lonely vote for him looks a bit sad. But it's still my favourite Christie flic

Dorte H said...

I am not nearly as fond of Poirot as of Miss Marple. Besides I was probably away when you put up this poll. In my mind Suchet IS Poirot, however, as he is more or less the only one I have seen in the role.

Margot said...

Shame on me - I didn't vote. Mine would have been with Bernadette and Peter Ustinov. I guess I didn't feel the urgency like I did for Miss Marple. Of course I was in the minority there too. I voted for Helen Hayes.

I still enjoy David Suchet's version. That's sad that he is running out of material. We'll just have to watch re-runs.

Kerrie said...

I think Peter Ustinov did a really good job too Bernadette, and before David Suchet came along, he really did fit the bill.
Sometimes I get annoyed with Suchet's portrayal, particularly the mincing walk. There are times in the books where Poirot displays an athleticism that Suchet couldn't possibly manage.


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