Why not make several movies about the same hero if he came out so good at the first time? You have probably heard that there is more than 20 movies about James Bond out there (the 25th movie is supposed to come out this year) but do you know how many times Sherlock Holmes appeared on screens? Maybe, 30 times? Or 50?

No, over 250 times! The movie critics have lost their count.

Let’s take a look at other male characters that were played in movies more than once and compare how they looked in one of their first appearances and in one of the most recent.

1. James Bond

Movies: Dr. No (1962) and No Time to Die (2021).

Actors: Sean Connery and Daniel Craig.

2. Sherlock Holmes

Movies: The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1939) and Enola Holmes (2020).

Actors: Basil Rathbone and Henry Cavill.

3. Dr. Watson

Movies: The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1939) and Elementary (TV series, 2012-2019).

Actors: Nigel Bruce and Lucy Liu (as Dr. Joan Watson). 

4. Han Solo


Movies: Star Wars. Episode IV: A New Hope (1977) and Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018).

Actors: Harrison Ford and Alden Ehrenreich.

5. Legolas

Movies: The Lord of the Rings film series (2001-2003) and Hobbit film series (2012-2014).

Actors: The character was played by Orlando Bloom in both trilogies.

6. Norman Bates

Movies: Psycho (1960) and Bates Motel (TV series, 2013-2017).

Actors: Anthony Perkins and Freddy Highmore.

7. Rhett Butler

Movies: Gone with the Wind (1939) and Scarlett (TV mini-series, 1994).

Actors: Clark Gable and Timothy Dalton.

8. Paul Atreides

Movies: Dune (1984) and Dune (2021).

Actors: Kyle MacLachlan and Timothée Chalamet.

9. Hamlet

Movies: Hamlet (1948) and Hamlet (2011).

Actors: Laurence Olivier and Bruce Ramsay.

10. Peter Pan

TriStar Pictures / Endurance Media

Movies: Hook (1991) and Come Away (2020).

Actors: Robin Williams and Jordan A. Nash.

11. Spock

Paramount Pictures / Spyglass Entertainment

Movies: Star Trek (1966-1991) and Star Trek (2009).

Actors: Leonard Nimoy and Zachary Quinto.

12. Tarzan

First National Pictures / Village Roadshow Pictures

Movies: Tarzan of the Apes (1918) and The Legend of Tarzan (2016)

Actors: Elmo Lincoln and Alexander Skarsgård.

13. Hannibal Lecter

De Laurentiis Entertainment Group / NBC

Movies: Manhunter (1986) and Hannibal (TV series, 2013-2015).

Actors: Brian Cox and Mads Mikkelsen.

14. Zorro

Movies: The Mark of Zorro (1920) and The Sword and the Rose (TV series, 2007).

Actors: Douglas Fairbanks and Christian Meier.

15. Willy Wonka

Movies: Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971) and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005).

Actors: Gene Wilder and Johnny Depp.