Today we are counting down our picks for the top 10 secret agents in movies.
For this list, we are looking at the most skilled, effective and all-around coolest fictional operatives to appear on the screen.
10 – Lorraine Broughton, Atomic Blonde
Charlize Theron is the only one who can finish the job. If someone ever tells you that there are no good female spy movies, just point them to the outstanding Atomic Blonde. During the Cold War, Theron’s character, Lorraine Broughton, an undercover elite MI6 agent, is dispatched to Germany to retrieve a list of double agents that have gone missing. She must use her deadly abilities to achieve the mission while on her quest.
Broughton is one of the only two female spies in our picks of top secret agents in movies.
9 – Harry Tasker, True Lies
Harry Tasker is our pick number 9 for the top secret agents in movies.
A badass spy movie can always be made with James Cameron directing an action comedy with Arnold Schwarzenegger portraying a secret agent. In the movie, Harry Tasker (Arnold) is extremely boring, but he really could hardly be more the opposite. He has been faking to be boring for so long that it is just who he is. He’s going to shake things up in order to win back his wife Helen and defeat America’s latest terrorist threat.
Did you know: True Lies was the first film with a production budget of over $100 million?
Harry’s wife Helen and daughter Dana believe he works at Tektel Systems as a nerdy computer salesperson. He has actually been a clandestine operative for 17 years in fact who is currently pursuing Abu Kaleem Malik, a fiercely fanatical terrorist responsible for car attacks in Rome and Lisbon.
Harry Tasker played by Arnold has to be one of the best secret agents in movies.
Did you know: While filming a scene with a horse, a camera boom hit the horse and it went crazy, spinning and rearing near a drop of 90 feet. Schwarzenegger quickly slid off the horse and a stuntman caught him.
8 – Napoleon Solo, The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
Solo is a fictional character that first appeared in the 1960s television spy series The Man From U.N.C.L.E. Later, in 2015, Henry Cavill played the same role in the film adaptation of the same name.
Both the film and the television series have been notable for pairing the American spy Solo and the Russian Illya Kuryakin as two secret agents who collaborate against a mysterious criminal organization at the peak of the Cold War.
Solo has the same elegance, sophistication, competence, and weakness for beautiful women as James Bond. However, Solo, who has a laid-back demeanor, is much less aggressive and violent than the British Secret Service agent. He is our choice of the No.8 secret agents in movies.
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7 – Harry Hart aka Gallahad, The Kingsman Franchise
Gallahad gets the seventh position on the list of top secret agents in movies.
As soon as they witnessed the epic bar brawl in Kingsman, the Secret Service, everyone who had any doubts that Collin Firth might be a genuinely outstanding secret agent was proven wrong. Former British soldier turned deadly covert agent Harry Hart goes under the alias Gallahad. Harry hires Gary Eggsy to join the top-secret, independent, multinational intelligence agency known as Kingsman in the first movie in the franchise.
Eggsy changes from a disobedient teenager to a dapper gentleman. Both are ace marksmen with fantastic reflexes and high knowledge, making them two of the coolest secret agents in movie history.
6 – Agents K and J, The Men in Black Franchise
We are sure you will like the duo on the sixth spot for secret agents in movies. Agents K & J.
When an energetic NYPD officer chases down an abnormally fast criminal he finds himself recruited by the stoic agent K . He joins the Men in Black, a secret governmental agency tasked with monitoring extraterrestrial beings living on earth. It’s quite the career change, Edwards now known as Agent J is a valuable addition and a perfect opposite to K’s super serious demeanor. Together they deal with all the otherworldy creatures amongst us. using their neuraliser to wipe the memory of any civilians who come into contact with alien life forms and they sure look good while doing it.
5 – Jack Ryan, The Jack Ryan Franchise
CIA analyst Jack Ryan is our pick No.5 on the countdown of secret agents in movies. Jack prefers using his brains over brawn but if it comes down to it he can fight with the best of them. the information he uncovers often takes him away from his desk and into the field. Since 1990, five actors have stepped into the role. He is one of the most badass agents in history.
4 – Natasha aka Black Widow, The MCU
Since first appearing in the 2010’s Iron Man 2 as an undercover spy, Natasha Romanoff has become a key player in the MCU. At a young age, Natasha along with many other girls was trained in the Red Room, a secret academy that taught young girls to be KGB assassins called black widows. Much later Clint Barton recruits her to S.H.E.I.L.D. where she eventually becomes an Avenger. Indeed one of the sexiest and best secret agents in movies.
3 – Jason Bourne, The Bourne Franchise
Jason Bourne, a rogue CIA agent, is not your conventional action hero. He loses his memory because of an injury, consequently, he has no idea who or what he truly is. Other CIA operatives attempt to eliminate him as he undertakes his own quest to put together his memory, but he survives owing to his extraordinary fighting skills and ability to make a lethal weapon out of anything.
The spy genre was approached more realistically in the Bourne films, which chose to forgo womanizing and luxury in favor of vicious violence and an identity problem. Jason Bourne is still one of Matt Damon’s most well-known characters.
2 – Ethan Hunt, Mission Impossible franchise
Since 1996 Tom cruise lead one of the highest-grossing film franchises of all time. As both producer and star becoming notorious for doing his own stunts, Cruise is just as relentless and dedicated as his character Ethan Hunt, an Impossible Mission force or IMF agent. Hunt just gets better at his spycraft with each movie and has solidified his place as the most badass action hero. Whether he is stealing a confidential file or preventing the spread of a deadly virus, Ethan hunt is always ready to jump into death-defying scenarios for any mission, no matter how impossible.
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001 – James Bond, The James Bond franchise
Taking the top spot on our list is 007 himself. James Bond first appeared on screen in 1962 but the fictional agent was created by author Ian Fleming in 1953. As of 2022, Mr Bond has been portrayed by 6 actors, Sean Connery, George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan, and Daniel Craig. Each actor has their own take but all exude the confidence and wit of the character.
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Did You know: Having appeared in only one film, Lazenby’s tenure as Bond is the shortest among the actors in the series?
Bond leads a dangerous life as a British secret services agent saving the world and wooing women notably the infamous bond girls who also happen to be elegant double agents at times. Here’s the quintessential spy who’s made a huge impact on pop culture inspiring countless homages and parodies.
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