No1 film hero revealed

No1 film hero revealed

Suave and sophisticated, James Bond has been named as Britain’s favourite big screen movie hero – while Hannibal Lecter was voted the nation’s No1 villain.

A study carried out by Showcase Cinemas has seen 007 take the top spot with almost a quarter (24 per cent) of all cinema-goers choosing him as their favourite hero.

Unsurprisingly, the secret agent was also a huge hit with the ladies with one in five women picking him as their number one choice.

Releasing the results, Mark Barlow of 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.

“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 sort of characters that are made for the big screen, and Lecter is certainly one that keeps you on the edge of your seat!”

Harrison Ford’s Indiana Jones was the second most popular character with 16 per cent of the votes, with folklore legend Robin Hood coming in equal third place alongside DC superhero Superman (10 per cent).

In the anti-hero stakes, nearly one in five people chose Hannibal Lecter, who became a household name following Anthony Hopkins’ Oscar winning performance in The Silence of the Lambs.

In second place, Star Wars villain Darth Vader took 16 per cent of the overall vote.

UK’s top 10 film heroes

  • James Bond – 24%
  • Indiana Jones – 16%
  • Robin Hood – 10%
  • Superman – 10%
  • Forrest Gump – 8.9%
  • Harry Potter– 8.5%
  • Jason Bourne – 8.2%
  • Batman – 7.9%
  • Iron Man – 7.7%
  • Luke Skywalker – 7.5%

UK’S top 10 villains

  • Hannibal Lecter – 23%
  • Darth Vader – 16%
  • Joker – 13%
  • Voldemort – 12%
  • Freddy Krueger – 10%
  • Scar – 9%
  • The Child Catcher – 8%
  • Miss Trunchball – 7%
  • Hans Gruber – 6.9%
  • Pennywise – 6.8%