Five Most-Popular Secret Agents on Film and TV

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Five Most-Popular Secret Agents on Film and TV

To celebrate the airing of the Russian spy-thriller mini-series, Two Legends, about two secret agents working to save Europe from terrorism and criminals, Eurochannel has selected the most popular fictional secret agents on television and cinema.

James Bond

Created in 1953 by writer and war veteran Ian Fleming, James Bond is considered the ultimate secret agent in fiction. Bond was first presented in twelve novels and two short-story collections by Fleming. In cinema, the James Bond films are the longest continually running and the third-highest-grossing film series to date, which started in 1962 with Dr. No, starring Sean Connery as Bond. Its latest production was Spectre, in 2016, starring Daniel Craig.  As of 2016, there have been twenty-four films in the Eon Productions series.

Nikita

A character created by French award-winning director Luc Besson, Nikita is not a secret agent in the usual way. This character, who first appeared in Besson’s 1990 film, is a troubled woman forced to become a killer by a secret organization. In 1993, Warner Bros. remade Nikita in English as Point of No Return, and in 1997, the character was adapted to a TV series known as La Femme Nikita, which achieved impressive success in regions like Latin America. In 2010, a new Nikita series premiered in the US and received favorable reviews.

Jason Bourne

The protagonist of a series of twelve novels and subsequent film adaptations, Jason Bourne was created by American novelist Robert Ludlum. The character is part of an elite Top Secret Special Forces unit called Medusa, and first appeared in the novel The Bourne Identity (1980), which was adapted for television in 1988. The Bourne novels have been adapted into a series of films: The Bourne Identity (2002), The Bourne Supremacy (2004), The Bourne Ultimatum (2007), The Bourne Legacy (2012), and Jason Bourne (2016). These productions retain the titles and some base elements of the original novels, but feature different plots. In these films, Bourne is portrayed by Matt Damon.

Ethan Hunt

The protagonist of the Mission: Impossible film series, Ethan Matthew Hunt is a fictional character portrayed by American actor Tom Cruise. In the first movie of the saga in 1996, Hunt embarks on a mission to uncover the mole who has framed him for the murders of his entire IMF (Impossible Missions Force) team. For this character, Cruise won an MTV Movie Award in 2001 for Best Male Performance.

John Steed

As the center of the popular 1960s British spy cult-series, John Steed is a secret agent working for an unnamed branch of British intelligence. His full name is John Wickham Gascoyne Beresford Steed, and according to the character’s history, he once got into a fight with the school bully, James Bond, and was eventually expelled. Steed was portrayed by Patrick Macnee in the original series and the 1970s sequel, The New Avengers. Academy Award nominee Ralph Fiennes also played the character in the 1998 film adaptation of The Avengers.

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