Hercule Poirot

Hercule PoirotHercule Poirot is the great Belgian detective created by Agatha Christie and appearing in 33 novels and 54 short stories beginning with “The Mysterious Affair in Styles” in 1920 and ending with “Curtain” in 1975. Inspector Poirot and Ms. Christie’s other famed mystery solver, Miss Marple, between them appear in 116 Agatha Christie books and short stories.

In “The Mysterious Affair in Styles”, Ms. Christie’s first novel which was written in 1916 (but not published until 1920), Captain Arthur Hastings describes Poirot’s appearance as follows: “He was hardly more than five feet four inches but carried himself with great dignity. His head was exactly the shape of an egg, and he always perched it a little on one side. His moustache was very stiff and military. The neatness of his attire was almost incredible; I believe a speck of dust would have caused him more pain than a bullet wound.”

Poirot has been portrayed on radio, films and television by John Moffatt, Albert Finney, Sir Peter Ustinov, Sir Ian Holm, Tony Randall, Alfred Molina and David Suchet, among others.

Ms. Christie grew tired of Inspector Poirot, describing him in 1960 as a “detestable, bombastic, tiresome, ego-centric little creep”. Yet she said that it was her duty to produce write what the public liked, and since the public liked Poirot, she refused to kill him off until one year before her own death in 1976.

Inspector Poirot has the distinction of being the only fictional character ever honored with an obituary in the New York Times. Upon the great detective’s death in “Curtain” in 1975, the New York Times ran an obituary on August 6, 1975 titled “Hercule Poirot is Dead; Famed Belgian Detective”.

In her autobiography, Ms. Christie described how she created the character Poirot:

“Why not make my detective a Belgian? I thought. There were all types of refugees. How about a refugee police officer? Not too young a one. What a mistake I have made there. The result is that my fictional detective must really be over a hundred by now.

Anyway, I settled on a Belgian detective. I allowed him slowly to grow into his part. He should have been an inspector, so that he would have a certain knowledge of crime. He would be meticulous, very tidy, I thought myself as I cleared away a good many untidy odds and ends in my bedroom. A tidy little man, always arranging things, liking things square instead of round.

And he should be very brainy – he should have little gray cells of the mind – that was a good phrase: I must remember that – yes, he would have little grey cells. He would have rather a grand name – one of those names that Sherlock Holmes and his family had. Who was it his brother had been? Mycroft Holmes.

How about calling my little man Hercules? He would be a small man – Hercules: a good name. His last name was more difficult. I don’t know why I settled on the name Poirot, whether it just came into my head or whether I saw it in some newspaper or written on something – anyway it came. It went well not with Hercules but Hercule – Hercule Poirot. That was all right – settled, thank goodness.”

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Updated : Tue, 26 Sep 2017 14:24:33 GMT

\’Murder on the Orient Express\’ trailer: Kenneth Branagh is Hercule Poirot in Agatha Christie classic [WATCH] – Goldderby


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Publ.Date : Thu, 21 Sep 2017 18:07:17 GMT

Mystery Solved: Why Literature\’s Greatest Detectives Are All Obsessed With Food – Eater


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Mystery Solved: Why Literature's Greatest Detectives Are All Obsessed With Food
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The Belgian detective Hercule Poirot, Christie's protagonist in Murder on the Orient Express, among other books, is described as coming from a modest upbringing and gaining social status through his private detective work. Ruled by a sensitive stomach

Publ.Date : Thu, 31 Aug 2017 14:18:29 GMT

Here\’s why Kenneth Branagh has a HUGE moustache in Murder on the Orient Express – DigitalSpy.com


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Here's why Kenneth Branagh has a HUGE moustache in Murder on the Orient Express
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In his role as Hercule Poirot in the lavish Agatha Christie adaptation, which he also directs, Sir Kenneth Branagh is sporting a quite magnificent moustache that you simply can't take your eyes off of. Sadly, he didn't grow it all himself, but Branagh

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Publ.Date : Wed, 06 Sep 2017 12:03:11 GMT

\’Murder on the Orient Express\’ release date, plot news: New trailer explains that everyone is a suspect – ChristianToday


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'Murder on the Orient Express' release date, plot news: New trailer explains that everyone is a suspect
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Fans of Agatha Christie's Belgian detective, Hercule Poirot (Kenneth Branagh), will have to put their deductive skills to the test, as the new upcoming movie about the fictional detective, "Murder on the Orient Express," gets a new trailer that reveals

Publ.Date : Tue, 26 Sep 2017 01:46:49 GMT

Game for a dining adventure – The Australian


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Game for a dining adventure
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Feeling like a character in an Agatha Christie novel, I found myself in a house in the south London district of Streatham dining with a writer, a doctor, a lawyer, an American and a vicar. But Hercule Poirot had a previous engagement and the only

Publ.Date : Mon, 25 Sep 2017 14:09:00 GMT

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She is best known for her mysteries; she wrote over 60 detective novels and 150 short stories, the majority of which include her beloved detectives, Hercule Poirot, Miss Marple, and Tommy and Tuppence Beresford. Her first novel, ?The Mysterious Affair

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Publ.Date : Wed, 13 Sep 2017 17:09:23 GMT

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Publ.Date : Sun, 24 Sep 2017 10:45:09 GMT

Star-studded ?Murder on the Orient Express? full trailer reveal – Inquirer.net


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Publ.Date : Thu, 21 Sep 2017 08:52:00 GMT

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Publ.Date : Mon, 25 Sep 2017 12:50:00 GMT

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Publ.Date : Sun, 24 Sep 2017 08:46:00 GMT

?Murder on the Orient Express? Trailer: Kenneth Branagh and His Mustache Will Solve a Mystery
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Publ.Date : Thu, 21 Sep 2017 11:42:00 GMT

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