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THOMAS BECKETT

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Full Name: Thomas Beckett
Nationality: American
Organization: U.S. Marines
Occupation Military - Enlisted

Creator: Michael Frost Beckner
Time Span: 1993 - 2020

ABOUT THE SERIES

Thomas Beckett is a U.S. Marine sniper.

He is not a spy though his assignments for the Marines, especially when seconded to other government agencies, some of whom do not want to be acknowledged, definitely means that he works unofficially as a covert operative. As a sniper sent into foreign lands to eliminate a particular target from a distance and then get out without leaving any trace of his presence - minus, of course, the dead body on the ground, he could hardly be expected to work any other way other than covertly.

We meet Beckett in the first recorded adventure as he begins yet another assignment after a long and highly impressive career. He holds the rank of Master Gunnery Sergeant, the highest enlisted rank possible in the Corps. This shows a couple of important pieces of intel on him. The first is that he has had to serve for likely just over two decades to achieve his high rank and as he is apparently around 40 years of age, he undoubtedly joined the Corps when he got out of high school at age 18. The second piece of data is that no one achieves that position of Non-Commissioned Officer without an impeccable, impressive service record and since his area of expertise is silent target elimination, he has to have marked up a very high score.

It is important to comment on these things because we are told so very little about the man's history outside of his being probably the best that the Marines (and therefore the entirety of the American Armed Forces) had to offer. We do not know of any family he might have had back home, except for the fact that later in his recorded exploits, we learn of a grown son who has followed in his father's footsteps in line of work if not the actual Service.

What we do know is that Beckett's ability to infiltrate virtually any terrain, find the best vantage point that is not immediately under observation, wait for the right moment however long it takes, dispatch the target (shoot him or her) and then get out again is something that makes him very attractive to groups like the CIA, making his adventures qualify him for membership here and makes his missions a lot of fun to watch. But where it really becomes interesting is when he is asked to take out someone that the CIA is doing business with. Then things get really dicey.

MOVIES

Number of Movies:6
First Appearance:1993
Last Appearance:2020

1 Sniper Sniper
Director: Luis Llosa
Writers: Michael Frost Beckner, Crash Leyland
Actors: Tom Berenger as Thomas Beckett, Billy Zane as Richard Miller, J.T. Walsh as Chester van Damme, Aden Young as Doug Papich
Released: 1993

"Master Gunnery Sergeant Thomas Beckett, an experienced sniper, and Richard Miller are sent on a mission to assassinate a Panamanian General."

2 Sniper 2 Sniper 2
Director: Craig R. Baxley
Writers: Ron Mita, Jim McClain
Actors: Tom Berenger as Thomas Beckett, Bokeem Woodbine as Cole, Erika Marazsan as Sophia, Dan Butler as Eckles
Released: 2002

"Sgt. Beckett's last mission sends him to a remote war-torn wasteland between Eastern Europe and Asia to assassinate a repressive terrorist leader. Once the job is done, Beckett and his spotter find escaping more difficult than anticipated."

3 Sniper 3 Sniper 3
Director: P.J. Pesce
Writers: J.S. Cardone, Ross Helford
Actors: Tom Berenger as Thomas Beckett, Byron Mann as Quan, John Doman as Paul Finnegan, Denis Arndt as William Avery
Released: 2004

"Deadly sniper Tom Beckett is recruited by the CIA to go to Ho Chi Minh City and take out a ruthless drug dealer who turns out to be an old war buddy he thought was dead."

4 Sniper: Legacy Sniper: Legacy
Director: Don Michael Paul
Writer: John Farsano
Actors: Tom Berenger as Thomas Beckett, Chad Michael Collins as Brandon Beckett, Doug Allen as Simpson, Dominic Mafham as Bidwell, Mercedes Mason as Sanaa
Released: 2014

"A rogue assassin is taking out military leaders, and Brandon gets word that his father is one. He tries to track down the killer, finds out that his father isn't dead and realizes that his superior officers are using him as bait to track the killer."

5 Sniper: Ultimate Kill Sniper: Ultimate Kill
Director: Claudio Fah
Writer: Chris Hauty
Actors: Tom Berenger as Thomas Beckett, Chad Michael Collins as Brandon Beckett, Billy Zane as Richard Miller, Danay Garcia as Kate Estrada
Released: 2017

"For the first time, Brandon Beckett, Richard Miller and Sgt. Thomas Beckett join forces in Colombia to take down a brutal drug cartel."

6 Sniper: Assassin's End Sniper: Assassin's End
Director: Kaare Andrews
Writer: Oliver Thompson
Actors: Tom Berenger as Thomas Beckett, Chad Michael Collins as Brandon Beckett, Sayaka Akimoto as Yuki Mifune/Lady Death, Emily Tnenant as Juliet Clover
Released: 2020

"Legendary sniper Thomas Beckett and his son, Special Ops Sniper Brandon Beckett, are on the run from the CIA, Russian Mercenaries, and a Yakuza-trained assassin with sniper skills that rival both legendary sharp shooters."

MY COMMENTS

I held off adding the Thomas Beckett/Sniper series for some time because I kept thinking back to when I watched the first couple of movies that it did not belong. Then I looked at the synopses and had a re-think. Yes, he is military doing military stuff but since it is usually for (or against) the CIA and such, well ... Throw in that I am a sucker for such movies and now there is a page devoted to the character and one for his son who took up the mantle, so to speak. Plus it gives me a great reason to rewatch, oh, all of these movies again!

GRADE

My Grade: B

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