by Helen Earnshaw |
Die Hard, which was released in 1988, saw Bruce Willis shoot to stardom and go on to resurrect the character a further three times as well as influence a whole generation of action movies that would follow.
John McClane was one of the biggest action icons of the late eighties and early nineties as the maverick cop who is always in the wrong place at the wrong time.
In the first film we see McClane travelling from New York to Los Angeles to spend Christmas with his wife and two children.
But a nice Christmas party goes wrong when a group of terrorists break into the building and start taking people hostage.
McClane takes on the terrorists, led by Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman), and he is at his action and comical best.
What is so great about McClane as a character is he is just an everyman who feels compelled to help those in trouble.
He puts his duty as a policeman before anything and he is willing to risk his life to save others.
But it is also his humours side that audiences warmed to with his slick dialogue and great catch phrases - none come more famous than "Yippee-ki-yay motherf*****r".
Die Hard remains the best film in the franchise and was a critical and commercial hit.
1990 and 1995 saw Die Hard 2 and Die Hard With A Vengeance hit the big screen until Willis has a twelve year break for the role.
But in 2007 we saw the fourth instalment released as Willis teamed up with director Len Wiseman.
This time around he is a more experienced and seasoned cop but is still at odds with his family.
A Good Day To Die Hard is the first film in the franchise to be set outside the U.S. as McClane travels to Russian in search of his son Jack.
This is the first time we have seen father and son team up as Willis is joined on the cast list by Jai Courtney.
The fifth film may only be hitting the big screen this week but there is already talk of a sixth movie.
John McClane has been one of the most successful and enduring action heroes and it is a role that Willis will forever be synonymous with.
Die Hard is one of the greatest action franchises of all time and long may it's success continue.
A Good Day To Die Hard is out now