...Basil: Basil Rathbone was born on June 13, 1892 in Johannesburg, South Africa. He became fascinated with the theatre while attending Rapton's school in England, much to the chagrin of Basil's father, who wanted his son to be a businessman. After fulfulling a promise to work in a business trade for one year, Basil joined his cousin's acting company learning bit parts at first, but was soon promoted to lead roles.
Basil's acting career was interrupted in 1916 when he joined the military to fight in WWI. He served as an intelligence officer and proved that one popular Saturday morning cartoon method of disguise can really work: "I went to my commanding officer and I said that I thought we'd get a great deal more information from the enemy if we didn't fool around in the dark so much . . . and I asked him whether I could go out in daylight. I think he thought we were a little crazy. . . . I said we'd go out camouflaged -- made up as trees -- with branches sticking out of our heads and arms . . . . We brought back an awful lot of information, and a few prisoners, too."
Basil is most famous for his portrayal of Sherlock Holmes, both on screen and on radio, but has been cast in a wide range of roles, including Tybalt in Romeo and Juliet, Sir Guy of Gisbourne in Robin Hood, and Marquis de St Evremonde in A Tale of Two Cities.
In 1967, Basil Rathbone died of a heart attack while in his den.
...the community: This is obviously a place to talk about anything related to Basil Rathbone and his characters. Anything is fine, as long as it relates back to Basil. I only ask that large photos (those larger than 300x300 pixels) be placed behind an LJ-cut tag out of consideration for members with slow connections or specially designed friends pages. Please do the same for any photos or stories that are inappropriate for work or children. (I don't really expect this to be a problem, but you never know...LOL) Promotion of related communities is ok, as long as it doesn't get out of hand.
...the maintainer: ashekalypso is always happy to answer any questions or concerns you might have. Feel free to drop her a line in her private journal or send her an email.
..."olrazzledazzle?" To put it simply, I liked it. Just using Basil's name for the community seemed too plain, so I decided to go with one of the nicknames I've heard him called by. The choices were "The Bazz," "ol' Razzle Dazzle," and "Frazzled Bathrobe."
...Basil? Because he rocks! He was an expert swordsman (fencing scenes in his movies actually had to be toned down for his opponent, especially seeing as he usually played the villain and therefore had to lose), and he defined the role of Sherlock Holmes and made the most of often rediculous scripts featuring the Great Detective. Just for fun, and to prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that I have no life, I've compiled a list of reasons to love Basil Rathbone. If you have something to add to the list, by all means, tell me!