Everybody loves to watch a good spy movie. It’s great to just lose yourself in the mad action and adventure, and imagine what it would be like if you could really have all those cool spy gadgets and drive around in one of those amazing customised cars. Here are five of the best spies from the movies, and a few of the reasons why we love them so much.
5. Austin Powers (Mike Myers, the Austin Powers trilogy)
Austin Powers is the ultimate Bond spoof, mixed with some bizarre 60s eccentricity and a whole lot of ‘mojo’. He thinks he is the essence of spy-movie cool, and is oblivious to the fact that he’s really nothing but a funny, if slightly disturbing, parody. As for gadgets, if you can imagine it, Austin Powers most likely has it. Forget hidden cameras, tiny guns and secret voice recorders. Here we have giant lasers capable of blowing up the planet, ‘fembots’ with machine guns in their nipples and even a time travelling car!
4. Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise, Mission Impossible)
In his quest to prove his innocence Tom Cruise’s Hunt proves himself to be the perfect sleek, efficient secret agent. He has the right skills, the gadgets (camera-glasses, exploding chewing gum, and who could forget those awesome masks!) and that annoying ability to get through anything, even a high-speed chase involving a train, a helicopter and the channel tunnel… and still look picture-perfect at the end of it all.
3. Charlie’s Angels (Drew Barrymore, Cameron Diaz and Lucy Liu, Charlie’s Angels)
The three femmes fatales are the ultimate team of spies. Working for the mysterious Charlie and with the help of his assistant, they go around fighting crime and, well, kicking ass. They may seem all sweetness and innocence but when these girls get angry, you wouldn’t want to be on their wrong side. And with the help of Charlie’s technological genius (they can plant voice recorders and trackers in people’s teeth!) there really is no stopping them.
2. James Bond
An incomparable film spy who needs no introduction. Bond, in all his guises, sets the bar for spy films in every way. He’s suave, sophisticated and has a seemingly neverending arsenal of inconceivable gadgets and awesome cars. And of course, he somehow always manages to get the girl!
1. Jason Bourne (Matt Damon, the Bourne trilogy)
Bourne is perhaps the coolest spy of them all. After waking up with amnesia he doesn’t know who he is or why he’s there, but he still has the skill and cunning to stay alive and work it all out. He may not have Bond’s arsenal of cool spy gadgets but it’s not like he needs them, he’s an expert at using everyday objects in unusual ways and he can fashion pretty much anything into a weapon!