Col. Sebastian Moran: Professor…
Prof. James Moriarty: Don’t worry, I’m alright! Don’t waste your time attending to me.
Sherlock Holmes A Game of Shadows
Moriarty is injured. He just had a building fall on top of him and his nemesis. He felt like he was on the top of the world, because in his mind, his enemy lay at his feet, weak, more or less defeated. This was the great Sherlock Holmes? And then, out of nowhere, a damn lighthouse falls on top of them.
Here comes Moran. He doesn’t shout out Moriarty’s name. He whispers his title, “Professor”. Even in this state, there is respect and admiration. Here comes Colonel Sebastian Moran, the second most dangerous man in London, looking after Moriarty first, shoots later.
And when the sniper tries to help the professor, the first thing he hears is a reassurance that he is fine. It relieves him, but then the professor gives an order. It’s not direct, but Moran takes it as it is.
Moran’s concern for Moriarty and his loyalty and his absolute viciousness in hunting those who hurt his professor and tried to kill him, even after he’s been shot (and the way he composes himself after he is shot as well) is the most beautiful thing.
(And if anyone thinks he’s not badass enough, you have not been watching the same film as the rest of us.)