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BRANDON BECKETT

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Full Name: Brandon Beckett
Nationality: American
Organization: Unknown
Occupation Agent

Creator: Michael Frost Beckner, John Fasano
Time Span: 2011 - 2023

ABOUT THE SERIES

Brandon Beckett is an agent with Special Operations.

That is the name of the part-military, part-civilian government organization which handles highly classified and often off-the-books missions around the world, sometimes in uniform and sometimes not. It is the sometimes not part that earns Beckett his place in this compendium; that and some of the things he is asked to do by some of the people doing the asking as in covert agencies.

It is important to remember that while I said he was an agent, all I mean by that is he works for them; he is part of the group. He is not a spy per se; he is a sniper. He is a very good sniper and can be asked to find a good firing position, place himself secretly in that position, maintain his anonymity there while awaiting the kill shot, eliminate the target, and then get out quickly. Beckett is very, very good at it. His possessing this skill is both expected and surprising.

The latter is because when we initially meet him, he is not a sniper, he is a regular grunt in the Marine Corps. He holds the rank of Sergeant in that branch of the service and has been with them for likely a decade and enjoys being a grunt and has no liking or interest in "all that sneaky s**t". If not pushed into it as he was, Beckett would have gladly stayed a grunt for the rest of his career.

The former is because his father is Thomas Beckett, legendary Marine sniper who would have stories told of his exploits around the world. It becomes obvious that some of the inate skillset that the younger Beckett possesses were inherited because once he starts to work as a sniper, he finds his niche.

Beckett is likely just reached his 30th birthday when we meet him. We are told, by someone reading his service jacket and his corroborating intel that he had a history growing up of not liking being told what to do - an odd condition for someone making a career in the Marine Corps, not a bastion known for rogue warriors. This is shown by the fact that he would routinely get into trouble at whatever school he attended and would be constantly facing disciplinary action. Perhaps the Corps helped settle him down as it is know to do but when our first meeting happens, he is being charged with dereliction of duty and abandoning his post - actions he goes on to justify. It would seem that Beckett became a Marine despite his father, not because of him.

Oh, and one more interesting factor that makes his career so much fun to follow comes when he is "introduced" to a young ultra-dangerous woman who is known as Lady Death. She is cool!

MOVIES

Number of Movies:7
First Appearance:2011
Last Appearance:2023

1 Sniper: Reloaded Sniper: Reloaded
Director: Claudio Fah
Writers: John Fasano, Ross Helford
Actors: Chad Michael Collins as Brandon Beckett, Richard Sammel as Ralf Jager, Annabel Wright as Ellen Abramowitz, Billy Zane as Richard Miller
Released: 2011

"The son of a renowned sniper decides to track down the sniper who ambushed his squad when they were sent to rescue a white planter in the Congo."

2 Sniper: Legacy Sniper: Legacy
Director: Don Michael Paul
Writer: John Fasano
Actors: Chad Michael Collins as Brandon Beckett, Tom Berenger as Thomas 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."

3 Sniper: Ghost Shooter Sniper: Ghost Shooter
Director: Don Michael Paul
Writer: Chris Hauty
Actors: Chad Michael Collins as Brandon Beckett, Billy Zane as Richard Miller, Dennis Haysbert as Colonel, Nick Gomez as Cervantes, Stephanie Vogt as Slater
Released: 2016

"Snipers ordered to protect a gas pipeline from terrorists suspect a security breach when they're targeted by a ghost shooter who knows their location."

4 Sniper: Ultimate Kill Sniper: Ultimate Kill
Director: Claudio Fah
Writer: Chris Hauty
Actors: Chad Michael Collins as Brandon Beckett, Billy Zane as Richard Miller, Tom Berenger as Thomas Beckett, Joe Lando as John Samson
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."

5 Sniper: Assassin's End Sniper: Assassin's End
Director: Kaare Andrews
Writer: Oliver Thompson
Actors: Chad Michael Collins as Brandon Beckett, Tom Berenger as Thomas Beckett, Sayaka Akimoto as Yuki Mifune/Lady Death, Ryan Robbins as Zero, Emily Tennant 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."

6 Sniper: Rogue Mission Sniper: Rogue Mission
Director: Oliver Thompson
Writer: Oliver Thompson
Actors: Chad Michael Collins as Brandon Beckett, Sayaka Akimoto as Yuki Mifune/Lady Death, Ryan Robbins as Zero, Dennis Haysbert as Gabriel Stone, Jocelyn Hudon as Mary Jane
Released: 2022

"When a crooked federal agent is involved in a human sex trafficking ring, Sniper and CIA Rookie Brandon Beckett goes rogue, teaming up with his former allies Homeland Security Agent Zero and assassin Lady Death to uncover the corrupt agent and take down the criminal organization."

7 Sniper: G.R.I.T. Sniper: G.R.I.T.
Director: Oliver Thompson
Writer: Oliver Thompson
Actors: Chad Michael Collins as Brandon Beckett, Sayaka Akimoto as Yuki Mifune/Lady Death, Ryan Robbins as Zero, Dennis Haysbert as Gabriel Stone
Released: 2023

"Ace Sniper Brandon Beckett and the newly formed Global Response and Intelligence Team (G.R.I.T.) deploy to Malta to eliminate an international terrorist plot and rescue fellow Agent, Lady Death."

MY COMMENTS

I pondered for a bit whether this series belonged and to those who might postulate that it does not, I would not try to mount a defense. So, of course, here is my defense...

It is a well established (literary) fact that covert agencies make ample use of military personnel, especially snipers and spec-ops people, to carry out operations in distant parts of the world since these people are already highly trained and experienced and available. That is what happens with Beckett and since he proves over and over he is good at it, he keeps getting the call to do it.

That and I am a sucker for this type of movie and wanted the opportunity to mention this series in the hope that the people making them will keep doing that. Especially when they add to the enjoyment factor by introducing someone like Lady Death. Awesome!!

GRADE

My Grade: B

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