I have no idea what the first blade-themed scene was in cinema history, but I imagine one possibility would be a cavalry charge in a silent film. Regardless who was first, blade-wielding heroes and villains are legion throughout the history of film. While there are certainly movie characters whose knife-induced body counts and carnage exceed that of Britt in The Magnificent Seven, few have demonstrated such style and steel-nerved bad-assery in the process.
I have been playing around a bit with a set of throwing knives, and I can’t imagine how hard it would be to make a time-critical stick with my life on the line from an unpracticed distance. But that is what makes this scene so awesome. It is an impossible feat, yet completely plausible. And it comes from one of the greatest films with one of the greatest ensemble casts of all time.
Who gets your vote for the most bad-assed movie knife-wielder?
I will also open up a sub-category to include all edged weapons, which would cover my runners up of Connor MacLeod- Highlander; and Errol Flynn – take your pick of the role. But anything from axes to pole-arms would count for Group B.