Assassins exert an almost primeval fascination for many people, especially when characterised in fiction.
Which got me thinking and pondering.
I tried to think of a few literary assassins that still lived in my memory. The very idea of a ‘favourite’ assassin does beg a few interesting questions. Rather like the mailbag I received for my post ‘Are Vampires dead and buried – permanently?’ Some folks like to glamorize these types of characters and you can see why they have a visceral attraction.
Partly, I realised, trying to come up with a list of favourite assassins had more to do with those I could remember. I went to an online source and was staggered at the sheer number of so-called assassins that confronted me – most of which I had never heard of.
Then again, I suppose people will confuse murder for assassination, well, yes, it’s still murder…but not quite the same. The thought struck me how close to reality or unreality these fictional characters came.
In real life, people mourn for JFK and the conspiracy theorists keep on theorising. More controversially, perhaps, is the question: ‘…was Osama Bin Laden assassinated, murdered or eliminated…’ Just an idle speculation.
I’m not sure if cosmic comic book heroes fall into the ‘great assassin’ category. If you have superpowers and you obliterate ordinary folk that haven’t that’s not quite the same thing.
I cannot think of a top ten but maybe you can. Maybe I should send you a free copy of one of my books as a prize (see the bottom of this blog for links or go to http://www.davidcallinan.com and take a look.
”]In no particular order the assassins I can remember are: Brutus (Julius Caesar), Silas (Da Vinci Code); The Jackal (The Day Of The Jackal); Oddjob (Goldfinger), well there’s a start. I would include The Terminator but he does have a few futuristic powers that give him a great advantage. Ditto The League Of Assassins.
There you have it. RULES OF THE COMPETITION.
Come up with your top ten fictional assassins by, let’s say March 20th 2012, just list them in the comments below and don’t forget to leave your email details. Final decision is mine. If I am in the mood I might declare two winners. Make sure you select the book you would like and include the title. It’ll be an ebook version.
Good luck and happy assassinations.