This is made even more impressive by the fact that Doyle wrote the first book featuring Holmes book at age 27 and extremely fast. It was all there from the beginning, though: the Baker Street address, the faithful army doctor sidekick, the master detective Sherrinford Hope himself, the ... wait, what the hell is a "Sherrinford"?!
Are we sure Doyle wasn't just an extremely poor speller?
What Was Scrapped:
As revealed by Doyle's early notes, Sherlock Holmes' original name was Sherrinford Hope, and he was described as a "sleepy eyed young man -- philosopher -- collector of rare violins" (try picturing that on a PI's door). It's not outright stated, but it's implied by his name that he would have been an expert wedgie-receiver, too. It's hard to imagine a character called Sherrinford being deemed cool enough to be portrayed by Robert Downey Jr. in a film. Benedict Cumberbatch? OK, maybe.
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Jonny Lee Miller? Definitely.