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Jason Bourne, James Bond and more iconic spies on film

Matt Damon makes his long-awaited return as the strong, silent super spy Jason Bourne in the series’ fifth installment, “Jason Bourne,” on July 29. Damon sat out the fourth film, "The Bourne Legacy," with Jeremy Renner on lead duty as a like-minded (and similarly trained) spy named Aaron Cross.

Here’s amNY’s look at some of cinema’s most iconic spies.

Ethan Hunt

Few blockbuster franchises have more adeptly paired an
Photo Credit: Paramount Pictures / Bo Bridges

Few blockbuster franchises have more adeptly paired an actor and a character than the "Mission: Impossible" series, in which Tom Cruise is at his charismatic big-screen best as Ethan Hunt (pictured in "MI: Rogue Nation").

James Bond

There's no movie spy more iconic than Ian
Photo Credit: Everett Collection

There's no movie spy more iconic than Ian Fleming's dashing, martini-downing creation, with Sean Connery, Roger Moore, George Lazenby, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig each having applied his own stamp on the shrewd, skilled MI6 agent. Who's next?

Austin Powers

Mike Myers' finest achievement (sorry, Wayne Campbell), the
Photo Credit: Melinda Sue Gordon

Mike Myers' finest achievement (sorry, Wayne Campbell), the slapstick, swinging '60s agent is a comic figure for the ages, played with a perfect mix of cluelessness and competence. There have been a lot of James Bond parodies over the years; arguably, none are better than the first flick in the "Austin Powers" trilogy.

Jack Ryan

We're most partial to Harrison Ford's take on
Photo Credit: ABC / Paramount

We're most partial to Harrison Ford's take on Tom Clancy's classic CIA operative in "Patriot Games" (pictured) and "Clear and Present Danger," though Alec Baldwin did a fine job originating the role on the big screen in "The Hunt for Red October." The less said about latter-day takes by Ben Affleck ("The Sum of All Fears") and Chris Pine ("Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit"), the better.

Matt Helm

Dean Martin's comic take on Donald Hamilton's most
Photo Credit: Columbia Pictures

Dean Martin's comic take on Donald Hamilton's most famous character earns a narrow edge over Derek Flint and some of the other great satirical spies not named Austin Powers of movies past. (Pictured, Dino and friends in 1966's "The Silencers.")

Jason Bourne

Damon's most beloved character (not even Will Hunting
Photo Credit: Universal Studios / Jasin Boland

Damon's most beloved character (not even Will Hunting can top it) is an action movie force, skillfully adapted from Robert Ludlum's source novels. He reunites with director Paul Greengrass for 2016's "Jason Bourne."

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