This piece was published in Filmme Fatales Issue. 6, August 2015.
Rookie agent in training, Clarice takes a lot of sexist crap from the men in her field who see her as nothing but a pretty face. But she proves them all wrong when she single-handedly solves the “Buffalo Bill” case, with a little bit of help from a certain cannibalistic serial killer.
Portrayed by: Jodie Foster in The Silence of the Lambs
Affiliations: FBI Agent-in-training
Mission: Track down the serial killer known as “Buffalo Bill”.
Strengths: Headstrong, stoic demeanour, West Virginian accent
Quote: “You see a lot, Doctor. But why don’t you look at yourself and write down what you see? Or maybe you’re afraid to.”
Stronger and smarter than any of her male counterparts, Gracie has no trouble taking down the bad guys. But when a terrorist organisation threatens to attack the Miss United States pageant, she’s called upon to go deep undercover as a contestant, but not before a killer makeover montage complete with Michael Caine, of course.
Portrayed by: Sandra Bullock in Miss Congeniality
Affiliations: Undercover FBI Agent
Mission: Infiltrate the Miss United States pageant to stop a terrorist organisation detonating a bomb.
Strengths: Resilient, congenial, THAT laugh
Quote: “I am in a dress, I have gel in my hair, I haven’t slept all night, I’m starved, and I’m armed! Don’t mess with me!”
Based on a real-life CIA agent who led the operation to track down OBL, Maya is gutsy, headstrong and entirely humanistic, allowing the gruelling mission to engulf every aspect of her life. But ultimately, Maya also proves that trusting your instincts and relentlessly pursuing a goal will eventually pay off in the end.
Portrayed by: Jessica Chastain in Zero Dark Thirty
Affiliations: CIA Operative
Mission: Uncover the whereabouts of Osama Bin Laden.
Strengths: Use of intuition, devoted work ethic, YELLING
Quote: “I’m going to smoke everyone involved in this op and then I’m going to kill bin Laden.”
Bridget von Hammersmark
Bridget is one of Germany’s most beloved actresses, but she leads a secret life by working as a double agent for the allies relaying them important messages about the Nazi regime. But it’s the mission to blow up a cinema with the Führer inside that was her greatest plan, and in the film’s epic finale, it goes off with a bang.
Portrayed by: Diane Kruger in Inglourious Basterds
Affiliations: Double agent working for the allies
Mission: Convince the German army into thinking she’s on their side and get “the basterds” tickets to the Nation’s Pride premiere in Paris.
Strengths: Incredible acting ability, bi-lingual, effortlessly stylish
Quote: “I know this is a silly question before I ask it, but can you Americans speak any other language besides English?”