US action heroes have a habit of blowing up chunks of Britain. Kiefer Sutherland as Jack Bauer in the new series of 24 is the latest making a mess around the UK.
Check out other high-action characters who’ve been causing chaos…
Thor: The Dark World
Thor isn’t technically American: he’s a blond-haired, big-armed god from Asgard. But come on, he’s best friends with CAPTAIN America and he butts heads with his Oxbridge-accented brother Loki. Thor’s battle in Greenwich tore up our beloved Maritime Museum. His opponent: the deathly pale Malekith, played by Christopher Eccleston.
Fast & Furious 6
What an absurd movie. Not for the tanks and missile launchers and other action movie gubbins, but for the fact that Vin Diesel etc have a high-speed car chase across the centre of London! Where is all the traffic? Has The Rock heard of the Congestion Charge?
The Bourne Ultimatum
For the final instalment in the Bourne trilogy (we’re ignoring the fourth one), the producers had to go big. After hours of tense super-spy action, foreign locations and brutal fights, what could possibly be more exciting? Charing Cross station and a tour around the Guardian, that’s what.
Unlike the overblown, vaguely cartoony action on offer in the other films here, the violence in David Cronenberg’s thriller is all too realistic. Viggo Mortensen plays a Russian gangster who crashes into the life of a London midwife.
Star Trek Into Darkness
And finally, Benedict Cumberbatch shows that Brits are perfectly capable of ruining our own capital city. As the villainous Khan, Cumberbatch rains terror on a futuristic London. His plan involves blackmailing a father with medical care for his child. Surely that should have been covered by the NHS?