The BBC’s massively successful Sherlock series starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman gave an amusing homage to Stanley Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange in Series 2 with Moriarty’s robbery of the British crown jewels set to Rossini’s The Thieving Magpie, as in the derelict casino fight and cat lady scenes in Kubrick’s film. It isn’t the only moment Andrew Scott’s performance of Jim Moriarty reminds one of Alex. Both characters are ebullient psychopaths with a taste for music, style, and the dance of ultraviolence.
The only question I have is whether producers/writers Stephen Moffat and Mark Gatiss intended Andrew Scott’s BAFTA winning portrayal of Sherlock’s arch-nemesis Jim Moriarty to be a kindred spirit of Kubrick’s Alex, or if Andrew Scott brought that joyous, violent psychopathy to the role himself. Let’s hope we see Moriarty again soon….