Based in the 'Hitman' stealth video game series, 'Hitman: Agent 47' stars Rupert Friend as a bald assassin with a bar code on the back of his neck who works for the top-secret International Contracts Agency. As it opens this week, let's look at some of our favorite killers for hire.
Armed with dashing good looks and an actual license to kill, James Bond is by far the coolest assassin to ever walk the halls of MI-6 or drive an Aston Martin. From Sean Connery (pictured here) to Daniel Craig, 007 hasn’t missed a target in over 50 years.
Vincent From ‘Collateral’ (2004)
Vincent (Tom Cruise) is the coolest, calmest business man you will ever meet – the only catch is that he’s in the business of taking people out. When he’s not debating the finer points of society with his cab driver, he’s taking out jazz musicians at point-blank. This is one cab fare you’ll want to turn down.
Jackie From ‘Killing Them Softly’ (2012)
Professional hit man Jackie Cogan (Brad Pitt) is a man who doesn’t like trouble. All he wants to do is restore order to the underworld so it can get back to the business of making disorder for everyone else. For that, his trusty 12-gauge comes in handy.
Jason Bourne From ‘The Bourne Ultimatum’ (2007)
As amnesiac assassins go, you could do much worse than Jason Bourne. Even with a Swiss cheese memory, Treadstone’s number one all-star can dispatch bad guys with everything from guns to rolled-up magazines. While effective in all of his films, his third shows him at his most lethal.
Scaramanga From ‘The Man With the Golden Gun’ (1974)
Francisco Scaramanga (Christopher Lee) is the most expensive hit man in the world. Charging one million dollars per hit, this sure shot is so accurate, he only carries a single golden bullet – and his next one has 007’s name on it. Literally.
The Jackal From ‘The Jackal’ (1997)
The only thing scarier than the .50 cal machine gun he uses to shred Jack Black in this 1997 thriller is his blond wig. Willis plays the world’s greatest assassin, with more disguises than he has bullets.
Leon From ‘The Professional’ (1994)
Leon (Jean Reno) is a very private man. He makes a living at killing, but chooses to live a simple life off the radar in a tiny apartment. Until he takes on a protégé of sorts in the form of a young Natalie Portman.
Luca Brasi From ‘The Godfather’ (1972)
Strengths: Being a very loyal, one-man kill squad to Don Corleone. Weaknesses: Fear of private one-on-ones at the wedding of his boss’s daughter, sleeping with the fishes.
John and Jane Smith From ‘Mr. & Mrs. Smith’ (2005)
Mr. and Mrs. Smith (Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie) are just a regular couple living the American dream in the suburbs, no different than anyone else except for that fact that their kitchen appliances house an arsenal that would make Seal Team 6 cower.
Anton Chigurh From ‘No Country for Old Men’ (2007)
Anton Chigurh (Javier Bardem) is death, cold and simple. He kills everything in his path as he seeks to reclaim money that was taken from a drug deal gone bad. He has no emotions, just a weaponized compressed air tank and a bad haircut.
Michael Sullivan From ‘Road to Perdition’ (2002)
Michael (Tom Hanks) is a husband and father who puts food on the table by working as a hit man for the Irish mob. When one of his sons witnesses a murder, and his other boy is killed for it, Sullivan goes all “Man on Fire” with nothing but a fedora and tommy gun.
Vincent Vega and Jules Winnfield From ‘Pulp Fiction’ (1994)
You know what they call a team of hip, badass hit men in France? Vince and Jules. Just don’t get them started on foot massages…
Jimmy ‘The Gravedigger’ Conlon From ‘Run All Night’ (2015)
Liam Neeson promises to up his body count playing Conlon, a hit man who is forced to go full ‘Road to Perdition’ on his boss (Ed Harris) and the rest of the mob when they put a target on Conlon’s son.