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Full Name: Michael Bryce and Darius Kincaid
Nationality: American
Organization: None
Occupation Freelance Agent

Creator: Tom O'Connor
Time Span: 2017 - 2021


Michael Bryce is an elite bodyguard.

Darius Kincaid is an elite assassin.

Together they will, unwillingly, work together to first put away a notorious despotic ruler of Belarus for major war crimes and then some time later stop a powerful terrorist leader from bringing down the European Union.

When we first meet Bryce, it is two years before the first main adventure and Bryce is, as he tells us several times, a "Triple-A rated executive protection agent" for many of the world's rich and famous and endangered. He has put together an impressive group of associates who work with stopwatch precision to get powerful but threatened people from Point A to B alive and unharmed. He has a catchphrase that encompasses his approach to his work: "Boring is better".

Unfortunately, when an assignment went absolutely smooth and perfect until the very end when a sniper's bullet dispatched Bryce's client, Bryce's career took a major downhill slide and the main events start up, he is working for the second-rate level of clientelle and hating every minute of it. We learn that this 40-something year-old operative is recently separated from his long-term Interpol girl friend and really disgusted with the world and himself.

Kincaid, on the other hand, is extremely pleased with himself and his position in life. Well, the very latest hitch is not so appealing considering this likely 60-something internationally wanted paid assassin is finally in FBI custody and is making a deal to get his much loved wife, Sonia, immunity. Kincaid, we learn right away, has been a very busy man all his life earning apparently a very good living killing. When Bryce mentions later on that Kincaid has dispatched around (I believe) 140+ people, Kincaid laughs that it is closer to 240.

These two men are not friends. They are not even friendly. They would be very happy trying to eliminate the other but life forces them to work together and when they do, a whole lot of mayhem and destruction ensues and an impressive number of very nasty people get eliminated.


Number of Movies:2
First Appearance:2017
Last Appearance:2021

1 The Hitman's Bodyguard The Hitman's Bodyguard
Director: Patrick Hughes
Writer: Tom O'Connor
Actors: Ryan Reynolds as Michael Bryce, Samuel L. Jackson as Darius Kincaid, Salma Hayek as Sonia Kincaid, Gary Oldman as Vladislav Dukhovich, Elodie Yung as Amelia Roussel, Joaquim de Almeida as Jean Foucher
Released: 2017

It falls to the world's best bodyguard to find a way to get the world's best paid assassin alive to The Hague to testify against a despot leader on trial for war crimes. That leader will through a literal and figurative army against them to stop their arrival with a time limit counting down.

2 The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard
Director: Patrick Hughes
Writers: Tom O'Connor, Brandon Murphy, Phillip Murphy
Actors: Ryan Reynolds as Michael Bryce, Samuel L. Jackson as Darius Kincaid, Salma Hayek as Sonia Kincaid, Antonio Banderas as Aristotle Papodopolous, Morgan Freeman as Michael Bryce Sr.
Released: 2021

Sonia Kincaid is an international con artist who tracks down now-former bodyguard Michael Bryce to help rescue her kidnapped husband. Once that is accomplished, with considerable gun play, they are all captured by Interpol agent O'Neill who asks their help to stop a terrorist leader named Papadopoulos from destroying the European power grid.


     When I initially heard of the first movie, I was interested only because I enjoy Ryan Reynolds' action movies and I am a huge Samuel L. Jackson fan. I never thought the film would fit because there was no sequel. Then there was one and I finally got to see the first movie and saw it dealt with putting a nasty dictator away in prison. And the second movie had to do with the now trio going up against a terrorist out to take down the EU. Hey, I said to myself. International Intrigue! It fits!

     I have only seen the first one but I enjoyed it a whole lot because it was so over-the-top and the banter between the two main characters is so very good. And there is, of course, Salma Hayek. I will probably not go to the theater yet for the second but the minute it becomes available streaming, I am there because I am sure the action will be more over-the-top and the banter will be terrific and, of course, there is Salma Hayek.


My Grade: B+


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