Growing up, I wanted to be Xena and my brother wanted to be MacGyver. Thinking back on it, we would’ve made one heck of a team. I would’ve had my crazy combat skills and my “round killing thing” better known as a chakram, and my brother would’ve been the most resourceful man to ever walk the Earth. And now, years later, I still secretly wish I were Xena and my brother owns every MacGyver episode on DVD.
However, as we’ve gotten older, we’ve done more than just re-watch old episodes of MacGyver. We’ve followed the evolution of the action hero. We love all the Bourne movies, the Mission Impossible flicks, and everything in between. Needless to say, if MacGyver were still working today, he’d have his hands full in terms of competitors. That being said, I’m pretty sure he’d still come out on top. After all, we are talking about the man who once defused a bomb with a paper clip.
Not only was MacGyver educated as a scientist, but he was trained as a secret agent and could therefore fix just about any problem with some duct tape and his Swiss army knife. Plus, he promoted non-violence and stayed away from guns if he could, which pretty much made him the coolest secret agent/best role model ever.
So I’m dedicating this Throwback Thursday to the secret agent who was more resourceful than most and just downright awesome. Watch him defuse a bomb with a paper clip – I wasn’t kidding – below: