19 JANUARY 2009

While last year's cine offerings were packed with big screen tough guys, there was one in particular who had licence to thrill according to readers. Daniel Craig delivered the best hard-man act to top our most convincing screen action man online poll with 27 per cent of the final vote.

Thousands of votes were cast and every one counted in what turned out to be a closely fought competition. It was neck and neck between Quantum Of Solace star Daniel and Shia LaBeouf, with the star of Eagle Eye finally placing second after garnering a quarter of the votes.

The race for third place was tight, too. Only 20 votes separated UK actor Christian Bale's turn as superhero Batman in The Dark Knight from Iron Man star Robert Downey Jr, who placed fourth. Other Brits near the top included James McAvoy, in fifth place, and The Mummy star Brendan Fraser in sixth.

Newcomer Ben Barnes, whose first major role was last year's The Chronicles Of Narnia: Prince Caspian, came in a very creditable seventh - a position he presumably hopes to better as his career takes off. However, the London-born actor's role as a crusading warrior was more popular than characters played by established stars Mark Wahlberg, Will Smith and Harrison Ford, who came in at eighth, ninth and tenth respectively.

Finding less favour in the action ranking were Leonardo DiCaprio and Sylvester Stallone, both of whom tailed the field.

The Quantum Of Solace's tough guy act had readers convinced, leading them to place him in the top slot in the online poll
Daniel narrowly beat Shia laBeouf into second place. The American star's performance in action thriller Eagle Eyes also captured the imagination of our readers