Luke Skywalker in Star WarsOkay, picture the scene: You're the star of an action movie... you find yourself in a large dimly lit house... in a nearby room, a villain waits to attack... you search around for any sort of weapon and then, inside an old cupboard, you discover a) a gun b) a knife c) a double-barrelled laser sword which fires miniature hydrogen bombs. Which weapon do you confront your foe with?

If you answered 'c', you're in the right place (if you went for 'a' or 'b' - go home to mummy). Basically, your bona fide action movie star would not be who he (or she) is without a deadly and ultra-cool weapon by their side.

So with that in mind, we give to you now our ten favourite movie weapons of all time. Some are cool, some are silly, but they all have one thing in common - in the hands of a beginner they'll have your eye out. Take the jump and get tooled up...
Luke Skywalker in Star WarsOkay, picture the scene: You're the star of an action movie... you find yourself in a large dimly lit house... in a nearby room, a villain waits to attack... you search around for any sort of weapon and then, inside an old cupboard, you discover a) a gun b) a knife c) a double-barrelled laser sword which fires miniature hydrogen bombs. Which weapon do you confront your foe with?

If you answered 'c', you're in the right place (if you went for 'a' or 'b' - go home to mummy). Basically, your bona fide action movie star would not be who he (or she) is without a deadly and ultra-cool weapon by their side.

So with that in mind, we give to you now our ten favourite movie weapons of all time. Some are cool, some are silly, but they all have one thing in common - in the hands of a beginner they'll have your eye out.

Okay, less chit-chat, it's time to tool up...


Whip (Indiana Jones)
Often dismissed as a kinky accessory in a middle-aged S&M gathering, the whip was thankfully given a whole new lease of life when thrust in the hands of our favourite part-time archaeologist, Indiana Jones. Over the course of four films, Indy's bull whip has pulled guns from enemy hands, been used to swing over snake-infested pits, and lassoed the odd damsel in distress. Now you try doing that lot with a gun...



Bowler Hat (Goldfinger)
Watch out, he's got a hat! You don't hear anyone shout that very often, do you? Well, you would if the person in the hat coming towards you happened to be Auric Goldfinger's personal bodyguard, chauffeur and golf caddy aka Oddjob. This classic henchman from the world of James Bond was more than a match for our 007 with his killer bowler hat that boasted a super sharp razor in the rim that could slice through flesh and bone when thrown like a frisbee.



Phaser (Star Trek)
Like the iPhone, Star Trek's phaser was a design classic that just made every laser gun after it look like a Nokia GX-something-or-other. So what made it so great? Well, a simple setting gave you the option of stun or kill (we advise you, if you've not not seen it already, to watch Eddie Izzard give some other hilarious potential setting options from the 6 min 40 secs point). The other great thing with Star Trek's phasers was that when you blasted something it just disappeared, like, completely. No mess, no fuss, environmentally sound. Perfection.



Wand (Harry Potter)
Whaddyaa mean it's just a stick! Simply thrust one of these bad boys at your intended target, shout "Equilibriumarnum!", or something like that, and hey presto, your enemy is turned to stone, or is thrurst into the air, or has all the bones in their body replaced with socks. As Potter fans will no doubt tell you, it takes a good few years of schooling to completely master your wand, but once you have done, it's well worth the wait.



.44 Magnum (Dirty Harry)
The genius of the .44 Magnum pistol is that if it's placed in the hands of Clint Eastwood's Harry Callahan, it doesn't even need to have a bullet left in the chamber to scare the living wotsits out of a criminal. Oh, and you won't find any other weapons in this list getting a name check in one of the greatest movie quotes of all time. Take it away Clint... "I know what you're thinking - 'Did he fire six shots or only five?' Well, to tell you the truth, in all this excitement, I've kinda lost track myself. But, being as this is a .44 Magnum, the most powerful handgun in the world and would blow your head clean off, you've got to ask yourself one question: 'Do I feel lucky?' Well, do ya, punk?"



Noisy Cricket (Men in Black)
Size isn't everything. That should be the advertising slogan for the Noisy Cricket from Men in Black. When Agent J (Will Smith) is given one of these from Agent K (Tommy Lee Jones), it looks like it's fallen out of a Christmas cracker. But then you fire the little munchkin and everything makes sense. Not only does it blow its intended target to pieces, it propels the shooter back dozens of feet. Maybe it has a 'no pain, no gain' sort of vibe going on. Whatever, let's hope it returns in Men in Black 3.



Bow and arrow (Robin Hood/Lord of the Rings)
Sure, given the option of a laser gun or some bendy wood with a bit of a string attached, I know which weapon I'd go for. Even watching archery at the Olympics is a little bit boring. But throw some big names around like Robin Hood or Legolas from Lord of the Rings and the weapon's cool status sky rockets. In the hands of these guys, the bow and arrow becomes a silent but deadly weapon which rarely misses its target.



Samurai sword (Kill Bill 1 and 2)
When the incredible Hatori Hanzo blade is made for Beatrix Kiddo aka The Bride aka Uma Thurman - she becomes one of the biggest kick-ass killers in movie history. This stunning samurai sword took the lives of many - including much of the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad - with a particular favourite moment being when The Bride sliced the top of O-Ren Ishii's head clean off. Now that's sharp. And it makes a handy mirror too.



Zorg ZF-1 (The Fifth Element)
If you're looking for gadgets, then you've found it with the Zorg ZF-1 from The Fifth Element. A favourite with super-villain Jean-Baptiste Emanuel Zorg (Gary Oldman), this little baby boasts - in no particular order - a rocket launcher, poison arrow launcher, machine gun with replay capability, net launcher and a flame-thrower. Oh, and a freeze ray. You also only need to find your target once and every other bullet will land at the same point which ever way you point it. Now how handy is that.



Lightsaber (Star Wars)
Perhaps the only weapon on here that makes grown men cry when they see one in action. Since 1977, the lightsaber has been the handheld weapon of choice seeing as it not only cuts through anything on this, or any, planet - it also comes in a collection of handy laser colours depending on your mood ('hmmm, I'm feeling a bit Dark Side-ish today, think I'll go with my red light saber...'). Final word should go to Obi-Wan Kenobi on the lightsaber: "Anyone can use a blaster or a fusion cutter, but to use a lightsaber well was a mark of someone a cut above the ordinary." And he should know.



And a special mentions should go to...

Sharks with laser beams on the heads (Austin Powers)
Yep, that's right, frickin' sharks with frickin' laser beams attached to their frickin' heads...



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