I remember Ronin came in for a lot of stick for this - the main characters are supposed to be top former secret agents, and they’re currently mercenaries so they’re presumably wanted men, but they (a) demolish a small French village (b) smash up a main road full of cars © cause the death of a world-famous skater (d) engage in vigorous mayhem. And to top it all they look like famous actors!
By coincidence there was a shooting incident just outside the Empire State Building today, and although the level of mayhem was relatively minor - this on the same day that Anders Breivik was sentenced - it still made the news here in the UK.
*"A fired women’s apparel designer shot dead a former colleague outside the Empire State Building in New York City before he was killed by police. Nine others were hit by bullets, some possibly fired by police, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said. Those wounded suffered minor injuries and all were expected to survive.
Police Commissioner Ray Kelly named the shooter as 53-year-old Jeffrey Johnson, who lived in Manhattan. His victim was 41 years old."*
As indeed did the possibly-not-espionage-related death of an MI6 analyst whose body was found locked in a suitcase. I’ve always assumed that, as other people have pointed out, spies have a certain amount of diplomatic immunity, but in real life they would get away with it once and only once. Like that CIA chap in Pakistan a while back who decided to gun down two people in a busy street in broad daylight. But then again in the reality of a film you could assume that the government can cover everything up or blame it on mass hallucinations.
e.g. “You did not see James Bond go by on a motorised hover-gondola. What you saw was the planet Venus”.