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13 best Hollywood hitmen (and women)

As Javier Bardem wreaks havoc in ”No Country for Old Men,” we look back at the most memorable guns-for-hire in movies

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Pierce Brosnan, The Matador

13. Julian Noble
The Matador (2005)

PLAYED BY Pierce Brosnan

THE LOWDOWN While on a job in Mexico City, lonely Julian befriends a businessman from Denver, Danny Wright (Greg Kinnear). Months later, Danny is surprised to see Julian show up on his doorstep, in the midst of a personal crisis.

WEAPON OF CHOICE Rifle

REDEEMING VIRTUE Besides being capable of guilt and regret, he makes a fine drinking buddy and an entertaining houseguest.

WHY HE MADE OUR LIST It’s a treat to see Brosnan send up his James Bond image as a sleek, natty, unflappable killer.

EW MOVIE GRADE B