Fictional characters every man wants to be

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Which fictional character would you choose to be, and what does it say about you?
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It’s always nice to dream right? And anyway, what man wouldn’t want to be James Bond or Indiana Jones? For some light relief from the daily grind, here are the fictional characters and heroes – from books and the big screen – we’d all like a chance to be, just for a little while…

James Bond

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As the first Bond, Sean Connery set the style precedent high.
Sean Connery as James Bond in “Dr No” (1962) EON Productions

The smooth operator who always gets the girl, James Bond is soon to strap on his Walther PPK for his 25th big screen outing. Traditionally something of a ladies’ man, it’ll be interesting to see what writer Danny Boyle does with the womanising old dinosaur this time around, especially in light of the burgeoning #MeToo and Time’s up initiatives.

But even a more ‘politically correct’ Bond gets to wear some mighty smart clobber, fire a gun, is privy to all manner of state secrets – and despite the inevitable hail of bullets – somehow always comes out on top which, let’s face it, appeals to us all.

You don’t have to be a secret agent to look the part. An immaculate British dinner suit and a weekend in Monte Carlo – go on – you only live twice!

Indiana Jones

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Dig out your khakis and wide-brimmed fedora for this iconic look.
Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones in “Raiders of the Lost Ark” (1981) Lucasfilm

Old Indie is getting a little long in the tooth these days, but if you’ve ever fancied having a go at being a rascally archeologist who makes his living thieving priceless relics from anyone from God to indigenous peoples, you’d better get a move on.

The soon-to-be-filmed 5th instalment of the movie franchise will be Harrison Ford’s last outing in the guise of the fedora sporting septuagenarian. After that, it’s anyone’s guess who might play the whip-wielding hero.

If action and adventure float your boat, and the idea of sitting by a pool this summer simply bores you to tears, grab yourself some khakis, a hat a good old fashioned map and off you go.

Mr Darcy

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To dress like a true gentleman, look no further than Mr Darcy.
Colin Firth as Mr Darcy in “Pride and Prejudice” (1995) BBC

A man to ruffle a few bustles, if there’s one thing Mr Darcy knows how to do, it’s to raise a lady’s core temperature to fan-fluttering point – and he doesn’t even have to try. If all you had to do to make yourself irresistible to ladies was strut around being haughty and aloof, the world would surely be a better place.

But no. Sadly, while moodiness makes Mr Darcy look dashing and devil-may-care, you just look like someone stole your breakfast. Never mind, you can always console yourself with the fact that Elizabeth didn’t marry you for your money – which, as it turns out, might be a good thing.

You don’t have to be Mr Darcy to display impeccable manners and a fine dress sense. Take a walk in the grounds of Chatsworth House (thought to be the inspiration for Pemberley in the novel) and don a striking velvet jacket for an evening of theatre. After all, a true gentleman is judged by his actions, rather than words.

Spiderman

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“With great power there must also always be great responsibility,” according to Spiderman.
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Given the propensity of men of a certain age to swathe themselves in lycra and take to the saddle, it would be a shame to pass over the opportunity to give two wheels a miss and take to the skies in an all-in-one.

Think of it – armed only with your superhuman ability to climb walls and ceilings, plus web shooting attachments for your wrists, you could triumph over your foes, vanquish the baddies and always woo beautiful women. If that sounds better than metaphorically climbing the walls – take a turn in Spidie’s shoes.

Want to channel your inner Spiderman without wearing tights? We reckon a red bomber jacket captures the youthful spirit of this feisty hero perfectly.

Batman

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“This city needs me,” according to Batman.
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If Spiderman feels a little too boyish for you, why not drape your cape, bung on your bat ears and step into the batmobile for the afternoon? For us, the car alone seals the deal – and let’s face it, which of us wouldn’t give our right arm for the chance to be mysterious once in a while?

Batman has come a long way since the days when schoolboys everywhere buttoned their coats at the neck and ran around yelling “Duh nuh nuh nuh nuh nuh nuh nuh… duh nuh…” Go on – take your chance to rid the Metropolis of jokers.

We can’t all be a billionaire by day and a superhero by night, but dark and mysterious – now that’s a mission that any man can accomplish. Time to bring out the cashmere

Don Draper

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Get suited and booted to look like sixties magnet Don Draper.
Jon Hamm as Don Draper in “Mad Men” (2007-2015) AMC

Pulling on Don Draper’s shoes for a day is like wearing a stylish pair of two-tone brogues, what with the old smoothie having been born Dick Whitman and switching identities with his boss, the real Don Draper, after he was killed in a bomb blast in ‘Nam.

But despite the advertising mad man’s rough start in life, and somewhat unscrupulous tendencies, Don is nevertheless the sort of chivalric character who hovers over the carnage of his life with the detachment of a zen master. If only real life were like that…

Sherlock Holmes

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Exercise your powers of deduction in stylish tweed.
Martin Freeman and Benedict Cumberbatch in Sherlock: “The Abominable Bride” (2016) BBC

Wouldn’t it be nice to have all the answers for once? Combine that with a mind like a quantum computer and you’re cooking on gas. Plus, of course if you had Sherlock’s powers of observation, you’d have spotted your partner’s incredible new hair cut as soon as they stepped through the door – that’s elementary my dear Watson.

You might not have Sherlock’s fiercely logical mind, but you can wear a tweed jacket or a tweed long coat on colder days to channel some of that incisive intelligence of his.

 

Of course we can’t all be superheroes with superhuman powers, or even screen heroes that set pulses racing, but if we can be someone’s hero – well at least that’s something. On our Facebook page, tell us who you’d like the chance to be, even if just for a day…

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