It seems wrong to pit Her Majesty’s finest against one of the toughest cops in movie history, but what the people wants, the people gets. McClane has a way with offending the sensibilities of the Europeans – the last German he dealt with dismissed him as “some dumb Irish flatfoot” – but you can bet that he’ll never let a dame get in the way of the task at hand, unlike his dashing opponent. Who will win, the good cop or the bad cop? And which one is which, anyway?
Bruce Willis, "Die Hard"
He’s the fly in the ointment, the monkey in the wrench, and the pain in the ass of terrorists everywhere, yet police officer John McClane’s always asking himself, “How the fuck did you get into this shit?” First, he’s at the top of Nakatomi Plaza, taking down Germans one by one, either with his trusty Beretta or…ho, ho, ho…a machine gun; the next, he’s battling a rogue Army officer and has to blow up a plane to stop the guy. What does a guy like that do for an encore? Why, save New York City from being blown sky-high, of course.
Definitive badass moment:
While pretending to laugh at Hans Gruber’s awful German pronunciation of the phrase, “Yippee-ki-yay, motherfucker,” McClane whips out the gun he’d strapped to his back with Christmas wrapping tape, shoots Hans, then nails Gruber’s henchman right in the forehead for good measure. “Happy trails, Hans,” smirks McClane.
Classic badass line: “Motherfucker, I'm gonna kill you, I'm gonna fuckin' cook you, and I'm gonna fuckin' eat you!”
Occupation: Former cop
Strengths: A modern-day cowboy who packs a Beretta instead of a six- shooter
Weaknesses: Prone to spontaneous maneuvers that don’t always work out as he’s intended
Bracket History: Defeated #13 Tyler Durden in round 1, 69%-31%
Sean Connery, "Dr. No"
He’s Agent 007 of the British Secret Service, but you can call him Bond. James Bond. With an elaborate arsenal of spy gadgets at his fingertips, Bond is suave, sophisticated, and utterly unafraid to exercise his license to kill when the need arises. It doesn’t always come to that, of course, given his intelligence, his skill in a variety of forms of hand-to-hand combat, and his way with a witty riposte…but no matter who or what he may be doing, 007 is always prepared to draw his trusty 7.65 mm Walther PPK pistol in order to protect Queen and country.
Definitive badass moment: When Professor Dent goes to shoot 007, only to find his gun empty, Bond states, “That's a Smith & Wesson, and you've had your six,” and promptly shoots Dent.
Classic badass line: “Now, Pussy, you know a lot more about planes than guns. That's a Smith and Wesson .45, and if you fire at me at this close range, the bullet will pass through me and the fuselage like a blowtorch through butter. The cabin will depressurize, and we'll both be sucked into outer space. If that's how you want to enter the United States, you're welcome.” (“Goldfinger”)
Occupation: British Secret Service agent
Strengths: Intelligent, agile, excellent marksman
Weaknesses: Has a tendency to be a sucker for a pretty face
Bracket History: Defeated #5 The Bride in round 1, 66%-34%