12. James Bond
played by Sean Connery in Goldfinger
In the midst of the Cold War, where every global decision seemed like life or death, one man had the bravery to look at it all and simply smirk. That man was James Bond, international super spy. With each new movie, Bond was faced with a new megalomaniacal villain and a new plan for global domination. Bond realized that sometimes the best way to deflate a self-important bad guy was not with a gun, but a wisecrack. Not to imply that a gun doesn’t help, of course.