Best movie bodyguards

08 March 2022
A look at the best bodyguards on screen
Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard

This week's Sunday night movie brings you Hollywood's finest with Ryan Reynolds, Salma Hayak, and Samuel L Jackson reprising their roles in The Hitman's Bodyguard sequel, Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard. The movie will take you on a crazy and dangerous escapade as Sonia and Michael embark on a rescue mission to save the infamous Darius. Before you tune in for the great adventure, let's look at some of the best movie bodyguards we've seen grace the big screen over the years.


Frank Farmer - The Bodyguard

The most iconic bodyguard movie of all time that had Kevin Costner fans swooning in this '90s classic. Frank, a  former secret service agent, had all the mystery and the right skills to woo any damsel in distress and captivated viewers from the minute they saw him on screen.  He was a die-hard who sliced peaches with an army knife but had a softer side and gave us a steamy romance to enjoy as well. Whitney and Costner's unmatched chemistry left us all wanting Farmer as a bodyguard. 

Luke Wright - Safe

In this action-packed thriller, Jason Statham plays Luke Wright an ex-cop and cage fighter who needs to protect a young Chinese girl from the ruthless Russian mafia in the busy streets of China. The movie offers plenty of action in true Statham style, and the character Luke is as badass as they come! A trained fighter, skilled in martial arts, he faces off several assassins at a time single-handedly! We swear that Jason Statham was born for such roles. 

Sam Carlson - Close

Starring Swedish actress, Noomi Rapace in the lead role as Sam, her character is a smart and highly skilled female bodyguard. Sam is loosely based on real-life female bodyguard, Jacquie Davis who was a bodyguard to big names like J.K. Rowling and Nicole Kidman, and even the former Duchess of York. In the movie, Sam needs to protect the daughter of a deceased business tycoon who is the sole heir to his fortune. The movie is brilliant at showcasing the expertise of a female bodyguard, thus breaking the stereotype that bodyguards must be male!

Leon - Leon: The Professional

One of Reno's best roles to date. The movie centers around  Leon, a professional hitman who takes in a troubled young girl Mathilda (played by Natalie Portman), and teaches her the art of being a hitman. Mathilda soon sets off on a revenge mission to assassinate the man who killed her brother, and Leon undergoes a rescue mission to save her. Leon is highly intelligent, highly skilled and Reno's death stare hooks us every single time, making this bodyguard one to remember.

Michael Bryce - The Hitman's Bodyguard

There's no comedic role that Reynolds cannot do and he certainly shines in The Hitman's Bodyguard alongside the great Samuel L . Jackson. The two have incredible chemistry and make a good action duo. Micheal Bryce is the bodyguard everyone wants: he's super smart, he's hot, and he's bad-to-the-bone. Let's not forget it takes mad skill to protect the world's most notorious hitman!  Stream The Hitman's Bodyguard on  Showmax.

If you enjoyed this movie, then you have got to catch its sequel Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard airing this Sunday, 20 March at 21:00 on M-Net 101.