Major Spoilers Question Of The Day: Super Secret Agent Edition


Recently, my wife has once again been entranced by the adventures of former Agent Jack Bauer, a grizzled veteran counter-terrorist agent born of the post-9/11 paranoia.  His particular skillset and bearing makes me wonder how Ol’ Jack might fare against the legendary British spy known only (and quite against his will) as Number Six, who seems his equal in intellect and in refusal to compromise his personal ethics.  (For the record, when pitted against James Bond, Jack wins in the shouting and emoting competitions, especially against the new brutish blonde Bond they’ve got running about in ‘Skyfall.’)  Coming as I do from a background of comic books and “Who’d win?” arguments, I’m always fascinated to consider whether James Bond could outmaneuver Nick Fury, whether Slade Wilson’s physicality trumps the Batman gambits of Elim Garak.  The possibilities are endless, especially when you consider that you could pit Vin Diesel’s Xander Cage against Sterling Archer, then sit back and survey the ensuing chaos, which leads us to today’s shaken, but not stirred query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) reminds you that this page will self-destruct in five seconds, asking: What fictional intelligence agent would you choose for the most important, high-stakes spycraft?