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 : Sun, 19 Nov 2017 21:27:32 GMT

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Publ.Date : Sun, 19 Nov 2017 21:27:32 GMT

Who Played Inspector Poirot Best? – Vulture


Vulture

Who Played Inspector Poirot Best?
Vulture
There was a time when fussy Belgian detective Hercule Poirot, the creation of English novelist Agatha Christie, was so famous that his ?death? warranted an obituary. You read that correctly: A fictional character's final appearance (in the novel
How Do You Like Your Poirot??The Five Best Performances on Film and TVPaste Magazine
A few questions about the beautiful, ridiculous Murder on the Orient ExpressEW.com
How we made the original Murder on the Orient ExpressThe Guardian
Hollywood.com –Bleeding Cool News –HuffPost
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Publ.Date : Mon, 13 Nov 2017 20:54:00 GMT

Poirot is a show-off, but he\’s brilliant. That\’s why I brought him back to life – The Guardian


The Guardian

Poirot is a show-off, but he's brilliant. That's why I brought him back to life
The Guardian
When I heard that Kenneth Branagh was to star as Hercule Poirot in a new Hollywood film of Murder on the Orient Express, I was quietly pleased. Branagh is a brilliant actor, and I had a sense that he would be a great Poirot. There have already been
A Modern Hercule Poirot in a New 'Murder on the Orient Express'Wall Street Journal
Detective Hercule Poirot is back in new filmMackay Daily Mercury
Kenneth Branagh reveals how he brought Poirot ? and his moustache ? to the big screenRadio Times
Mirror.co.uk –Daily Telegraph –YouTube
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Publ.Date : Sat, 04 Nov 2017 00:06:32 GMT

NATIONAL: Abandoned kitten bears uncanny resemblance to Hercule Poirot – The News


The News

NATIONAL: Abandoned kitten bears uncanny resemblance to Hercule Poirot
The News
Emma Finnimore, cattery supervisor at the centre, said: ?With Murder on the Orient Express big in the cinemas right now, Poirot seems to be everywhere – and more so at our animal centre, in the form of a kitten. "We don't get many cats in with these

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Publ.Date : Fri, 17 Nov 2017 10:02:38 GMT

Kenneth Branagh\’s epic mustache is Poirot\’s \’superpower\’ in \’Murder on the Orient Express\’ – USA TODAY


The Mary Sue

Kenneth Branagh's epic mustache is Poirot's 'superpower' in 'Murder on the Orient Express'
USA TODAY
But nothing could prepare Ridley for her first look at Kenneth Branagh as famed detective Hercule Poirot on the set of Murder on the Orient Express. Or more specifically, for the sight of Poirot's audacious mustache. "Daisy looked at me and said, 'My God.
Things We Saw Today: Kenneth Branagh Reveals the Secrets of Hercule Poirot's New MustacheThe Mary Sue
Murder on the Orient Express' Kenneth Branagh says Poirot's moustache is 'like his superpower'EW.com (blog)
Kenneth Branagh gives good Poirot, clumsy direction in 'Murder on the Orient Express'Los Angeles Times
Arizona Daily Star –Vox –New Republic –YouTube
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Publ.Date : Fri, 10 Nov 2017 18:36:00 GMT

Kitten with unusual markings bears striking resemblance to Belgian detective HERCULE POIROT – Birmingham Mail


Birmingham Mail

Kitten with unusual markings bears striking resemblance to Belgian detective HERCULE POIROT
Birmingham Mail
She may only be four-months-old but Tasha the kitten could be set for a career as a lookalike – thanks to her striking resemblance to moustached sleuth POIROT. Her black and white fur and unusual facial markings have lead the rescue moggie to be

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Publ.Date : Tue, 14 Nov 2017 11:56:17 GMT

\’Murder on the Orient Express\’ Reveals Its Mysteries Anew – New York Times


New York Times

'Murder on the Orient Express' Reveals Its Mysteries Anew
New York Times
I collected a few dozen of her novels, and I read them cover to ragged cover, staying up as late as it took. Back then I lived for the day when I would actually spot the murderer before Hercule Poirot or Miss Marple explained who it was to me. (Never
Book World:'Orient Express': Knowing the end won't spoil the fun, of either novel or filmPhilly.com
Madame Murder Mystery – The Bull & BearThe Bull and Bear
Classic murder mystery will keep you guessingCamrose Canadian
Lima Ohio –Williamson Daily News –Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman
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Publ.Date : Fri, 17 Nov 2017 10:00:25 GMT

\’Murder on the Orient Express\’ Sets Up a Famous, Killer Sequel … – Inverse


Boulder Weekly

'Murder on the Orient Express' Sets Up a Famous, Killer Sequel …
Inverse
Kenneth Branagh's adaptation of Agatha Christie's 'Murder on the Orient Express' ends on a cliffhanger, teasing the next big adventure and a possible …
Britt's Eye View: Behind the 'stache, Branagh assembles dream cast for 'Orient Express'Florida Times-Union
Slow-mo PoirotBoulder Weekly
Review: Stellar visuals keep classic murder mystery on trackThe Ithacan
The Federalist –NUVO –National Catholic Register (blog)
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Publ.Date : Thu, 16 Nov 2017 15:19:04 GMT

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?Murder on the Orient Express? Reveals Its Mysteries Anew
Back then I lived for the day when I would actually spot the murderer before Hercule Poirot or Miss Marple explained who it was to me. (Never happened.) I?d reach the end and then scan back through pages for all the clues I?d missed, and I?d see how …
Publ.Date : Sat, 18 Nov 2017 15:00:00 GMT

\’Murder on the Orient Express\’ great intro to Christie mysteries
The new film version of “Murder on the Orient Express” arrives at just the right time for us Agatha Christie fans who are missing the Hercule Poirot mysteries starring David Suchet that aired on public broadcasting until that series wrapped up recently.
Publ.Date : Sat, 18 Nov 2017 21:13:00 GMT

?Murder on the Orient Express? ? PG-13
?Are you holding a gun on me?? says brilliant detective Hercule Poirot (Kenneth Branagh) to thuggish art dealer Samuel Ratchett (Johnny Depp), whose right hand, too large under a linen napkin, points dangerously at Poirot. ?No,? says …
Publ.Date : Thu, 16 Nov 2017 15:00:00 GMT

Film Fans say ?Murder on the Orient Express? a so-so ride
It was mysterious but failed to draw the audience in with great curiosity or unease. Standout Performance: Kenneth Branagh as detective Hercule Poirot, gave the one of the best performances in this film. He was the main character and is essentially what …
Publ.Date : Thu, 16 Nov 2017 23:04:00 GMT

A Guide to Onscreen Versions of Hercule Poirot
Kenneth Branagh takes on Hercule Poirot, the role of a lifetime, in the new film version of Agatha Christie?s classic 1934 mystery Murder on the Orient Express. When I first heard that Branagh was taking on the role, I was confused. I?ll admit that …
Publ.Date : Fri, 10 Nov 2017 00:00:00 GMT

LOOK: Star-studded cast team up in ?Murder of the Orient Express? remake
Photo © 2017 Twentieth Century Fox FIlm Corp. In the most timeless of whodunits, ?Murder on the Orient Express? follows renowned detective Hercule Poirot (Kenneth Branagh) as he attempts to solve what would become one of the most infamous crimes in …
Publ.Date : Thu, 16 Nov 2017 22:32:00 GMT

?Murder on the Orient Express?
CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) ? There?s no doubt that Agatha Christie?s favorite super sleuth, Hercule Poirot, will track down whoever committed murder on the Orient Express. But this disappointing remake of the 1974 classic just isn?t worth the trip.
Publ.Date : Sat, 18 Nov 2017 08:41:00 GMT

REVIEW: \’Orient Express\’ doesn\’t veer from original route
Directed by (and starring) Kenneth Branagh, the latest edition gets a bit talky (particularly when Branagh?s Hercule Poirot is interviewing folks) and a trifle too confined. It?s lush and engaging, but it?d be a lot better if it moved faster and didn …
Publ.Date : Fri, 17 Nov 2017 10:22:00 GMT



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