Secret agents in films always make us immediately want to sign up to be part of Singapore’s secret service, even though we complain the next time we get called up for reservist. Only the best of the best get to deployed to foreign lands to save important politicians from certain doom. We’re always bedazzled by those suave tuxedos and glamorous dresses that hide an efficient killing machine, forgetting the millions of pull-ups (yes, I’m old school) that go into all that training. 

But out of all those secret agents on film, which are the best ones, the ones that you would count on to get a gold for IPPT and still have time to go and wine and dine at Marina Bay Sands? We present to you the six best secret agents on film.

1. James Bond (from the James Bond series)

James Bond (Daniel Craig) in "Skyfall." Credit: io9

James Bond (Daniel Craig) in Skyfall. Credit: io9

The quintessential spy, James Bond is the most successful film spy franchise in the world. Although he has one of the most boring names in the world, his creator, Ian Fleming, deliberately set out to give the most unassuming name he could think of. There’s nothing boring about James Bond besides his name – he’s got the suavity, skills, and savvy to accomplish any mission he sets out to do.

What he would have looked like in a No. 4 though?

2. Susan Cooper (Spy)

Susan Cooper (Melissa McCarthy) in "Spy." Credit: Nerdist

Susan Cooper (Melissa McCarthy) in Spy. Credit: Nerdist

Susan Cooper is one of the few female spies on film – and she’s a breath of fresh air! Instead of the traditionally angsty spy, we got a lovable lady who was funny and powerful at the same time. She broke convention by being willing to take on the most unglamourous disguises for the sake of her missions, even dressing up as an old cat lady and other wretched identities. Now that’s dedication!

Can you imagine James Bond going undercover as… an old cat uncle?

3. Harry Hart (Kingsman: The Secret Service)

Harry Hart (Colin Firth) in "Kingsman: The Secret Service." Credit: Moviepilot

Harry Hart (Colin Firth) in Kingsman: The Secret Service. Credit: Moviepilot

The concept of James Bond is definitively British, so it should come as no surprise that they would birth another iconic spy in the form of Harry Hart. He’s a spy, a Kingsman, for whom appearance is imperative, since clothes maketh the man after all. And he’s injected with a good dose of British humour to counter his brooding demeanour.

The church scene in Kingsman: The Secret Service showed us just how deadly Harry Hart is, cementing his lethality for the ages.

4. Austin Powers (from the Austin Powers series)

Austin Powers (Mike Myers) in "Goldmember." Credit: MTV.ca

Austin Powers (Mike Myers) in Goldmember. Credit: MTV.ca

And then we have the greatest parody of all spies, also with British origins, Austin Powers! His awfully obiang catchphrases are a throwback to an era of innocence, along with his entire outfit and hairstyle. It’s safe to say that after James Bond, Austin Powers is probably the second most famous British spy in the world. It was also amusing to watch Mike Myers play Dr Evil, his archnemesis, as well.

So when are we getting another Austin Powers movie?

5. Nick Fury (the Marvel Cinematic Universe)

Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) in "The Avengers." Credit: Movieweb

Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) in The Avengers. Credit: Movieweb

By the time we see him in the Marvel films, Nick Fury is already the Director of SHIELD, which stands for Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division. That means that Nick Fury rose up the spy ranks to lead the premiere spy organisation in the Marvel Cinematic Universe! In the comics, Nick Fury even led his own crack team, called the Howling Commandos.

Wonder if our any of our commando platoons have as awesome a name as that?

6. Mike Banning (London Has Fallen)

Mike Banning (Gerard Butler) in "London Has Fallen." Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

Mike Banning (Gerard Butler) in London Has Fallen. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

And then in Olympus Has Fallen, we were introduced to Mike Banning, who’s not only a bodyguard for the President, but also his personal friend. He single-handedly takes down umpteen terrorists, and eventually rescues the President after the White House has been taken hostage. Think about it – he’s not just ruthlessly effective at killing, but he’s also well adjusted enough to have a bona fide friend (even if that friend is the President).

That’s work-life balance for you.

Poster for "London Has Fallen." Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

Poster for “London Has Fallen.” Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

Don’t take it from me though – go check out Mike Banning in action yourself! In London Has Fallen, Mike Banning has to protect the President in a besieged London as terrorists try to blow them up at every turn. Catch it today!

Credits: io9, Nerdist, Moviepilot, MTV.ca, Movieweb, Golden Village Cinemas