Will audiences give John McClane's latest outing a yippee-ki-yay or a yippee-ki-no? To coincide with the dubiously titled A Good Day to Die Hard blasting its way into cinemas, here's a rundown of what made the franchise great. Let's just say the Gruber family, airports, Christmas and a visible hairline played a part - and McClane jumping onto an F-35 fighter jet (and over a metaphorical shark) in the risible Die Hard 4.0 does not...
The First Encounter
John McClane's first encounter with a member of the gruesome Gruber family in the sublime Die Hard. Alan Rickman's compelling turn as Hans inspired countless filmmakers to cast British thesps as creepy Euro-villains afterwards, while Bruce Willis's sweaty white vest inspired Onslow from Keeping Up Appearances.
The monumental first outing for McClane's iconic catchphrase, imparted in the direction of a sneering Hans Gruber. The villain later repeated the phrase back to the vigilante detective, »
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