A Patrick Sessoms and Chris Jalil joint.
Bounty hunters make up some of the toughest and coolest customers this side of the silver screen. So, we thought it would only be fair to celebrate the lone gunmen (and women) who always get their man, those courageous few who work their own hours and go after the baddest of the bad for a couple bucks. It sounds like an awesome job (we even tried to take the class to get our bounty hunter licenses, but a guy with a mullet started barking at us and we got scared), which means you have to be pretty awesome to do it. So, we’re celebrating the top 10 characters known for hunting people down. While we took a few liberties with the definition of “bounty hunter,” the essence of the career is alive and well with all those who grace this list. So, sit back, relax (and pray you remembered your court date) and enjoy.
10. James Bond (The 007 franchise)- This choice is a stretch at best, but it’s simply too difficult to abandon MI6’s leading operative. From Sean Connery to Daniel Craig, Bond has been portrayed by more talented actors than any other beloved character in folklore. The constant reinventions function to entertain an evolving audience, but the hardened attitude, a prowess with beautiful women and an unmatched ability with a firearm place 007 upon a pedestal that demands recognition. And while Craig’s rendition of the persona in Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace is more human and imperfect than his predecessors, you can always count on Bond to get his man.
9. Domino Harvey (Domino)- Sexy and merciless, Keira Knightley proved that girls can hunt with the best of them (and look good doing it) in Tony Scott’s Domino. And while we here at Stars & Popcorn cannot advise you to quit your possibly glamorous high-society lives and become bounty hunters, it sure is fun to watch someone else do it. I mean, come on: It’s not too often that you walk up to a chick at the bar who wouldn’t have any qualms about shooting you in the face immediately after giving you a lap dance. [Editor's note: This happens to me all the time, actually. -Joseph]
8. William J. Johns (Pitch Black)- When it comes to terrifying silver screen psychos, Riddick gets our vote as one of the biggest and baddest there is. So, of course we have to honor the man who had the cojones to go after him, especially because other bounty hunters tended to wind up dead when they took on the same job. Now, we’re not above admitting that Cole Hauser was a bit of a jerk when it came to his job, but come on, going toe-to-toe with a knife-wielding sociopath who is bigger, stronger and meaner than you are can be stressful. So, we’re going to cut him some slack.
7. Beck (The Rundown)- Some might argue that this was Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s first really good movie, and it’s the film we like to think of when he does things like Tooth Fairy. In it, he mixes sympathy with badassery as he tries to track down Sean William Scott in the middle of South America. While he might seem a little shaky in his career choice at first, Johnson proves when push comes to shove, Beck isn’t the kind of guy you want to get into a shoving match with. Don’t believe us? Just ask Christopher Walken and that town that used to exist before Beck got into a fist fight with it.
6. Rick Deckard (Blade Runner)- O.K., so he’s not really tracking people down for money, and he’s not really tracking down people at all, per se (that’s an argument for another day). However, when it comes to hunting down the Androids known as replicants, no one is better than Harrison Ford (you could probably say the same thing about a lot of stuff). Deckard is a retired Blade Runner pulled back into the game for one last hunt, which proves to be his most difficult to date and one that almost kills him. While he’s not a traditional bounty hunter, he is certainly the kind of guy who always gets him man, er, replicant.
Pages: 1 2