10 Coolest spies you wish you could be
July 21, 2010 at 7:21 a.m.
Bond. James Bond. The name alone says it all. The epitome of everything a spy should be, Bond has continually stayed well within the realm of public fascination for decades. Whether fighting bad guys in a smartly tailored tux, drinking that shaken not stirred martini or seducing women with names like Pussy Galore, he's so cool he's practically ice. The only question left is which actor was the best Bond? (It's Sean Connery and you know it).
He may not remember being a spy, but Jason Bourne makes one heck of one. In fact, he brought the spy genre to a whole other level. This guy didn't need any fancy gadgets, catch phrases or a tailored made beverage. He survived on his wits and those awesome pecs alone.
What's better than a spy? A burned spy. Correction: A hot burned spy. And Michael Weston from USA Network's "Burn Notice" is definitely one hot burned spy. Using his spy skills to now help those who need it the most, Weston is a modern day Robin Hood, only he roundhouse kicks the bad guys in the throat before he takes their money to give to the poor.
Emma Peel and John Steed of the 1960s British TV series "The Avengers" were not only cool; they were cool with accents. With their trusty trenchcoats in hand, these two fought not only international threats, but also science fiction ones.
It's probably hard to remember now considering just how far he's jumped the couch these days, but at one time Tom Cruise was pure hotness as spy Ethan Hunt in "Mission: Impossible." Suave, slick and mysterious, this guy was so cool he could ride on top of a fast-moving train and still not mess up that crew cut.
Bad teeth aside, there's no denying that Mike Myers' Austin Power was one groovy spy, baby, yeah. Not only did he managed to set off a wave of catch phrases that refused to die for years, he shagged at least as many women as Bond, if not more. Even more amazing is that he managed to do it without ever having been inside a dentist's office apparently.
What's cooler than a bookish CIA agent gone rogue? Nothing, especially if Robert Redford is involved. In the '70s movie "Three Days of the Condor" the main character (code name: Condor) finds himself trying to survive by his wits after all his co-workers end up dead. Not to mention, Condor is the best spy name ever. Period.
What happens when a spy settles down, gets married and has kids? Oh, and apparently also finds the time to work out eight hours a day? You get Harry Tasker (played by Arnold Schwarzenegger) in "True Lies." While being a family man might not sound like the coolest thing a spy could do, Harry makes us all wish we were secretly married to a secret agent.
Mr. and Mrs. Smith
Two other spies who managed to combine domesticy and international espionage were Mr. and Mrs. Smith. Played by Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, these two were so cool, they could kill an army of bad guys while arguing about the ugly drapes in the living room.
This spy was so cool she didn't even need a name. Agent 99 from the popular TV series "Get Smart" managed to save the world with her spy skills all the while managing to not mess up her hair and keep her bumbling (and lovable) partner Maxwell Smart alive.