James Bond Is The UK’s Favourite Movie Hero

It’s been revealed that James Bond is the UK’s favourite movie hero, which shouldn’t come as much of a surprise.

This news comes from a new research which was released last week.

The study, which was carried out by Showcase Cinemas, found that 007 was the UK”s most popular movie hero of all time.

Almost a quarter of British cinemagoers chose 007 as their number one movie hero.

Bond had some pretty stiff competition, so it’s a pretty big deal that he ended up on top of this list.

You might expect that it was mostly men who chose Bond as their number one movie hero.

However, 007 was also very popular with women cinemagoers.

James Bond is very popular with UK cinemagoers

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According to Showcase Cinemas, one in five women picked Bond as their number one choice.

This is very interesting, and I wonder whether No Time To Die will see Bond play slots casino.

This study was made in celebration of No Time To Die, which is due to be released in cinemas this year (hopefully).

Harrison Ford’s Indiana Jones came in second place with 16% of the votes.

In third place came Robin Hood and Superman who both ended up getting 10% of the vote.

That said, Iron Man was very popular with younger viewers.

Indiana Jones was in second place

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Almost one in five 18-24-year-olds chose Marvel’s Iron Man as their number one hero, compared to one in ten 33-44-year-olds who picked Luke Skywalker.

However, every movie here needs a great villain to go up against.

Showcase Cinemas also did a study on the UK’s favourite villains and rather surprisingly none of Bond’s villains made it into the top ten.

Nearly one in five people chose Hannibal Lecter, who became a household name following Anthony Hopkins’ Academy Award-winning performance in 1991’s The Silence of the Lambs, as the greatest movie villain of all time.

Star Wars villain Darth Vader came in second place with 16% of the vote.

Darth Vader is the UK’s second favourite movie villain

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However, Darth Vader clearly captured the imagination of a certain generation more than others.

A huge 25% of 45-54-year-olds opted for Darth Vader as their favourite movie villain.

The late Heath Ledger’s iconic performance as the Joker in The Dark Knight won third place (13%).

The Joker narrowly beat Harry Potter’s nemesis Voldemort into the top three.

Mark Barlow, UK General Manager for Showcase Cinemas, said:

The big screen has provided us with so many heroes over the years, it is almost impossible to pick a favourite.

However, James Bond has been a constant of British cinema for decades, and it seems rather fitting that with the hugely anticipated No Time to Die on the horizon, 007 is named as the ultimate big-screen hero.

Is this good news for the next James Bond movie, No Time To Die

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Barlow then added:

And who can argue with Hannibal Lecter taking top spot as the nation’s favourite villain? No matter whose side you are on, these are the type of characters that are made for the big screen, and Lecter is certainly one that keeps you on the edge of your seat!

We have thoroughly enjoyed welcoming guests back through our doors again and seeing how happy they were to settle down with their popcorn and engross themselves in the cinematic screen experience. With so many great films to be released through the rest of this year, the big screen is most definitely back.

What do you make of this feature?

Which is your favourite movie hero and movie villain?

Let us know in the comments below.


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