spies The Best Fictional Spies  

Coy Jandreau
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Hollywood loves a spy movie, and always has. Throughout TV and movie history there have been plenty of good spy movies and the fictional spies leading the espionage and intrigue are easily some of the most memorable characters in all of film and TV. So who's the best spy character to ever grace the big screen or go undercover on your television? It's time to vote!

These days there's a whole new type of spy action comedy, with spy films like Kingsman: The Secret Service and Paul Feig's Spy, starring Melissa McCarthy. Then there are the classic spy movies and TV shows, many of which are still popular spy franchises today. You've got Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation (the 2015 installment starring, as usual, Tom Cruise), a reinterpretation of the classic TV series The Man from U.N.C.L.E., and new James Bond films seemingly every year. In modern entertainment, spies are bigger, cooler, and better than ever!

Fictional spies have been all the rage for decades and with technology catching up, and in many cases surpassing, the super spy tech of old, they're only getting more awesome! Plus, we live in a world where spies are more and more relevant to real life - if not of the Jason Bourne variety, then certainly of the Edward Snowden variety.

So let's take a look at all of the best movie and TV spy characters from over the years and today. Who do YOU think is the very best fictional spy? Vote up the best and most kickass spy characters below and add any of your favorite fictional spies that aren't already listed.
James Bond is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Fictional Spies
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1 89 VOTES

James Bond


Whether he's a rough around the edges badass like Daniel Craig. A smooth talking, wise cracking, super spy like Pierce Bronson. Or something in between that just oozes cool, calm, and collected like Sean Connery, there's something undeniably awesome about 007 Bond, James Bond. 

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Jason Bourne is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Fictional Spies
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2 95 VOTES

Jason Bourne


The spy who changed the genre. Have you noticed how much Daniel Craig's James Bond is influenced by Jason Bourne? We certainly have. Jason Bourne is brilliant, capable, tough, and gets the job done every time.

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Ethan Hunt is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Fictional Spies
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3 81 VOTES

Ethan Hunt


As played by Tom Cruise in all of the Mission Impossible films. Ethan Hunt is a tactical genius who doesn't believe in an impossible situation.

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Jack Bauer is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Fictional Spies
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Jack Bauer


As played by Keifer Sutherland on the show 24. He's a key member of the CTU (counter terrorism agency) and sometimes FBI agent. He is tasked with preventing major terrorist attacks all over the United States. (He usually has about 24 hours.)

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