Tuesday, September 20, 2011

List: 7 Favourite Movie Secret Agents

In conjunction with the movie Johnny English Reborn being released in Malaysia last week, I've decided to come up with my list of favourite movie secret agents. Yes, the world of espionage. We've all probably dreamt of doing it at some point in our lives, and much of that was most likely influenced by what we saw at the movies/TV.

#7 Undercover Brother (played by Eddie Griffin in the movie "Undercover Brother [2002]")


Undercover Brother has "soul", funky style, a rocking afro, knows "Bruce Lee Kung-Fu" and gets to make out with an ultra-sexy Denise Richards. The latter has just gave him the bonus points needed to land him on this list. Plus, the movie features Neil Patrick Harris in one of his obscure roles between Doogie Howser and Barney Stinson.

Selected Quote: "Today is a great day for black people of all races"

#6 Hanna Heller (played by Saoirse Ronan in the movie "Hanna [2011]")


Okay, technically Hanna isn't a secret agent. Although it is claimed she is to be off government "property". But she has all the characteristics and skills needed for a top notch secret agent. Deadly martial arts. Multilingual. Hunting skills. Adaptive. But you would expect that if you too were drilled to be an assassin from basically the womb.

Selected Quote: Hanna: "Adapt or die". Erik: "Think on your feet". Hanna: "Even when I'm sleeping"

#5 Bryan Mills (played by Liam Neeson in the movie "Taken [2008]")


You know someone is awesome when he can take on the entire French police force like this guy did. But who can forget one of the greatest monologues in cinematic history (see below).

Selected Quote: "I don't know who you are. I don't know what you want. If you're looking for ransom, I can tell you I don't have money. But what I do have are a particular set of skills; skills I have acquired over a very long career. Skills that make me a nightmare for people like you. If you let my daughter go now, that'll be the end of it. I will not pursue you. But if you don't, I will look for you, I will find you, and I will kill you."

#4 Jackie/Chan Ka Kui (played by Jackie Chan in multiple "Police Story" movies)


In terms of entertainment value and uniqueness, not many can top Jackie. Using basically anything around him as a weapon while still infusing humour sets him apart from others. Whether fighting on top of a moving train or in a tank full of sharks, Jackie really proves he is indeed a "Super Cop".

Selected Quote: "Super Cops in Hong Kong are cheap and plentiful like commodities in supermarkets"

#3 James Bond (played by Sean Connery, George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan, & Daniel Craig in various "James Bond" movies)

Photo credit to hitokirivader
While the debate goes on whether Sean Connery or Daniel Craig is the best James Bond, I'd like to give a special shout-out to Roger Moore. His Bond films featured two villains that literally gave me nightmares as a child: Jaws/Zbigniew Krycsiwiki and Baron Samedi. Oh, and for the record, although I much prefer the grittiness and realism that Daniel Craig brings, Sean Connery wins the title of best 007. Slightly. You have to win when you have a Bond girl that goes by a name as exotic as "Pussy Galore".

Selected Quote: "Bond, James Bond"

#2 Ethan Hunt (played by Tom Cruise in multiple "Mission Impossible" movies)


Just like James Bond, Ethan Hunt gets to play with a lot of gadgets and works with sexy girls (Maggie Q tops the list). But Ethan is way much cooler, just take a look at the picture above.

Selected Quote: "This message will self-destruct in 5 seconds"

#1 Jason Bourne (played by Matt Damon in the "Bourne Trilogy" set of movies)


It is generally acknowledged that Jason Bourne is the inspiration behind the rebooting of the campy James Bond character to the more gritty and realistic version currently played by Daniel Craig. Although there are plentiful of sublime scenes, my favourite from the Bourne franchise just has to be that scene in The Bourne Ultimatum [2007] where he guides reporter Simon Ross through the train station away from the CIA.

Selected Quote: "Listen people - do you have any idea who you're dealing with? This is Jason Bourne. You are nine hours behind the toughest target you have ever tracked. Now I want everyone to sit down, strap in, and turn on all you've got. That would mean now!"

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