In case you missed one of the first three parts in the series (in which case you SHOULD start with part 1 or part 2), I’ve started a series of articles giving my take on the current Heroes and Villains tournament.  Essentially half the bracket is comprised of Hero vs Hero battles, leading to the finals where the ultimate hero will meet the ultimate villain (as voted by anyone who goes to the site), who went through a similar bracket of fellow baddies.  I’ve already given my analysis for who would advance from the “Physical Heroes”, “Comic / Fantasy”, “Sci-Fi All-Stars” and “Vintage Heroes” portions of the brackets, and now it’s time to get down to the next set of 8.  Feel encouraged to respond with your take on things.

Smart and Crafty

Match 1 – Andy Dufresne (Shawshank Redemption) vs George Bailey (It’s A Wonderful Life)

How can you bet against Andy Dufresne in this one?  He out-smarted the warden and was tough enough to not fold when faced with a bunch of prison bullies, not to mention the great escape plan.  Sorry Christmas-Time-Favorite, but Shawshank’s Finest easily gets this one done.

Match 2 – Dr Richard Kimball (The Fugitive) vs Clarice Starling (Silence of the Lambs)

Clarice Starling lucks into a killshot after being scared to death by a serial killer who doesn’t realize that he should’ve had his gun cocked and ready before he was within hearshot of Jodi Foster.  Apart from that one moment, Clarice is basically just a good detective who does a good job of not getting totally freaked out by the seriously disturbed and manipulative Hannibal Lecter.  Dr. Richard Kimball, on the other hand, escapes the police on a big manhunt and saves the lives of multiple officers in the process.  Kimball got all of his work done with the odds stacked against him.  Much better hero.

Match 3 – Eliot Ness (The Untouchables) vs Juror 8 (12 Angry Men)

Not even comparable.  Eliot Ness took down Al Capone by leading a group of guys who wanted to put down the mobster corruption.  All Juror 8 did was to convince a bunch of guys to change their minds.  The man with the shotgun wins.

Match 4 – Jack Ryan (Hunt for Red October) vs James Bond (Goldfinger)

Jack Ryan is a smart, tough guy, but he’s not in the same league as the international agent with the license to kill.  There’s a reason why there are so many James Bond movies where he always gets the girl and finds a way to get the bad guy in the process.

Round 2 Matches

Match 5 – Andy Dufresne (Shawshank Redemption) vs Dr Richard Kimball (The Fugitive)

Both were wrongly convicted of killing their wife, both escape.  One of them escapes by luck when other prisoners cause an accident with the bus before getting to prison.  Dufresne orchestrates not only an intricate escape plan, but also sets himself up financially to live on the outside.  At the end of The Fugitive, Kimball is back in custody.  Dufresne is living comfortably in Mexico.  Andy for the win.

Match 6 – Eliot Ness (Untouchables) vs James Bond (Goldfinger)

Eliot Ness is an American hero for taking down Al Capone, but let’s keep things in perspective, the only thing he got him on was a tax evasion charge.  What did he do after that case?  Who knows.  James Bond has taken down bad guys time after time again.

Bracket Finals – Andy Dufresne vs James Bond

All due respect to the only prisoner to ever successfully escape from Shawshank, he’s no James Bond.  Not even close.  James Bond would’ve been out of there twice as fast, if not sooner.

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