James Bond is currently tearing it up at the box office. After 23 films, it’s safe to say that Bond is one of cinema’s greatest secret agents. But is he really the best spy in all of filmdom, even if he were to be pitted against two of his closest modern-day competitors? If you really had to choose, who would you say is the greatest spy: James Bond, Jason Bourne or Ethan Hunt?
For the purposes of this poll, we will consider the latest iteration played by Daniel Craig to be the James Bond in question.
This is not necessarily a battle to the death, a la our Madness tournaments. You should take all aspects of secret agent-hood into consideration here. The competition is as much about genuine espionage – using skill and wits to follow clues and ferret out a bad guy’s scheme – as it is about gunplay and prowess in combat.
Believe me, I have nothing against the Bourne or ‘Mission: Impossible’ franchises. I like all of these movies. Bourne and Hunt are both worthy followers of the Bond legacy. But when it really comes down to it, James Bond is the real deal, and these other guys are just imitators. I have to side with 007.