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The Lesser Chronicled Non-Death Brilliance of Sean Bean

February 7, 2015

Everybody knows that Sean Bean has died spectacularly in copious films and television shows. There have been many posts and videos chronicling the deaths and it has become something of a joke (#dontkillseanbean).

 

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Bean has been crushed, hung, stabbed and blown up in the name of bad guy comeuppance, revenge or just plain bad luck. However, there haven’t been any posts about him wrecking shop. The guy has battled Harrison Ford, Robert DeNiro, Nicolas Cage, Pierce Brosnan, Chris Hemsworth, Cave Trolls and Ewan McGregor. He has played Zeus, Odysseus and Ned Stark with aplomb.  Sean Bean has kicked a lot of ass in his illustrious career and it has been overshadowed by his many deaths. So, I’ve compiled some butt-kicking moments from his career in hope of reminding people that he can take a life as well as he can die.

Goldeneye

006 is my favorite Bond villain. He waxes poetic, has a sweet scar and battles Bond to a stalemate. Everybody always talks about his amazing two part death (falls 200 yards then gets crushed by a satellite) but nobody talks about his amazing finale fight with the super spy.

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Fellowship of the Ring

Boromir may have been insulted in The Interview but that doesn’t mean he can’t kick ass (Is that a Boromir thing to say?). Before he was sacrificing himself for the betterment of the quest he was battling Cave Trolls in the mines of Moria. He has a gangster moment when two arrows whiz by his head and he looks at the shooters with annoyance. From there he is all business as he kills dozens of foul creatures and mutters the classic line “They have a cave troll.”

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Troy

The dude builds the Trojan horse and survived an Odyssey. He is recruited to fight the Trojans and then recruits Achilles. He is the ultimate survivor and after all is said and done he delivers great speeches.

“If they ever tell my story, let them say I walked with giants. Men rise and fall like the winter wheat, but these names will never die. Let them say I lived in the time of Hector, tamer of horses. Let them say, I lived, in the time of Achilles.”

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The Hitcher

Sean Bean dies via close range shotgun blast in The Hitcher. However, there is a fantastic moment where he takes out four cop cars and a helicopter while the Nine Inch Nails song Closer plays. The movie is crap but I had to rewind this scene several times.

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Jupiter Ascending

There is a moment in Jupiter when Channing Tatum has to rescue Mila Kunis from a swarthy immortal. So, he recruits Sean and they fly through thousands of “war hammers.” in order to save the day. Some say it was impossible. Sean Bean calls it Tuesday.

The brief clip is featured in the trailer. You gotta watch this movie folks.

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Equilibrium

He reads Yeats (backwards) and was the ultimate mentor. I love the opening scene where intelligently lets the younger guy jump into the middle of a room and kill people. That is a true veteran move and proves he works smart and not hard.

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