Famous Security Guards in Film and TV

Featured / Food for thought / Protection

17 June 2019

In the movies, security guards are usually portrayed as having glamorous jobs. From protecting a famous celebrity who is prime prey for paparazzi and stalkers alike, to guarding a high-profile nightclub, castle or event to protect the lords, ladies and wealthy against the riff-raff, film and TV’s depiction of security guards is quite often dramatised. It’s not always like this of course and being a security guard is a serious and rewarding job – but on some occasions, it can be just as impressive as in the movies.

As a team of professional and versatile security guards, we have put together a list of famous films or TV shows that feature famous security guards.

Bodyguard (TV, 2018)

A British BBC television show that hit the screens in 2018, Bodyguard’s six episodes dominated TV viewing and became one of the most popular shows of 2018 and, arguably, this decade. Following David Budd (Game of Thrones’ Richard Madden) as a war veteran turned London Met police sergeant, he is assigned to be the security guard to the Home Secretary Julia Montague (Keeley Hawes). As a controversial and ambitious politician with questionable plans for the city, Budd finds himself at odds with his beliefs and morals versus his duty and job. A must see once the kids are in bed.

The Bodyguard (Film, 1992)

It may have more-or-less the same title, but feature film The Bodyguard is quite different to the Bodyguard TV series. Originally written in the 70s, with Steve McQueen and Diana Ross to play the leads, instead, The Bodyguard was released in ‘92 starring Kevin Costner and Whitney Houston. As an ex-secret service agent, Frank Farmer (Costner) is hired to protect music superstar Rachel Marron (Houston) from a volatile, unknown stalker. With an epic soundtrack and iconic romantic moments, The Bodyguard is now a huge Broadway and West End hit and is a classic film to add to your to-watch list.

Taken (Film, 2008)

Although Taken predominantly centres around Liam Neeson’s search for his teenage daughter when she is abducted in Paris, there is a moment whereby Neeson’s protagonist, Bryan Mills (Neeson), applies his former government operative experience to being a security guard. Near the start of the film, he agrees to protect a pop star (played by Holly Valance) as she travels to and from a concert. Subsequently saving her life, she agrees to help his daughter in her dreams of becoming a pop star. But then, action-packed “find them and kill them” adventure ensues, making this a satisfying action movie favourite but yet still topical and relevant to the human trafficking issues of today.

Night at the Museum (Film, 2006)

Based on a 1993 Croatian book of the same name, Night at the Museum stars Ben Stiller as Larry Daley, a divorced father who obtains a job as a night guard at a New York museum. Discovering that the exhibits in the museum come to life at night due to an Ancient Egyptian artefact, Larry must control the exhibits and restore peace to the museum. Cue hilarious and farcical action sequences involving miniature Old West cowboys, Robin Williams’ Theodore Roosevelt and the skeleton of a playful T-Rex. We also see Rami Malek (who recently won an Oscar for his portrayal of Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody) in one of his earliest onscreen roles as the Pharaoh Ahkmenrah and cinema legends Dick Van Dyke and Mickey Rooney as elderly night security guards also.

If you are in need of security guard for your office, shop or events (including film festivals), Leisure Guard Security can help today. Based in Manchester but operating nationwide, we provide all range of security services – get in touch with our team on 0800 035 6607.

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