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The film based on the video game series:

  • Actor Allusion: Timothy Olyphant is a well-trained killer with superb situational awareness. This also isn't the first time Olyphant has played a character who broke someone's neck whilst lynching them.
  • Actor-Shared Background: During the restaurant sequence, the scene in which Nika talks about owning a squirrel/chipmunk when she was young was actually true for Olga Kurylenko, and the scene was improvised during filming.
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  • Big Name Fan: Marxist philosopher and cultural critic Slavoj Žižek voted for it for Sight & Sound's poll regarding the best films of all time. Even the writer of the piece seems confused by this verdict.
  • Dyeing for Your Art: Olyphant put on 20 pounds of muscle and shaved his head for the role.
  • Executive Meddling: The infamous train duel was filmed in a rush after director Xavier Gens was fired over conflicts with the studio.
  • Money, Dear Boy: Olyphant has admitted in interviews that he did the film as a means to help pay for his house after Deadwood was cancelled.
  • Release Date Change: The movie was delayed from its October 2007 release to late November 2007 to facilitate for the re-shoots.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • According to a leaked near-final (or even final) script, the Executive Meddling ruined the plot. The script involved Markov, the FSB agent, hiring 47 to assassinate the real president, intending to rule Russia through the president's Body Double loyal to the FSB and sending a Spetsnaz team called back from Chechnya after 47. The intrigue would be foiled by Agent Whittier, who plants a bug on Markov and gives the recording of Markov's conversation with the body double to a Russian general. This also explains why 47 kidnaps Nika: he interrogates her, and she mentions that sometimes the president was Not Himself, hinting at the double's existence early on, leading to The Reveal during the meeting between Markov and the double in the morgue. 47 manipulates Markov into shooting the President during Udre's funeral, and then blows him up anyway.
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    • Vin Diesel was originally cast as Agent 47. After he dropped out, the first choice to replace him was Jason Statham.

The video game series:

  • Creator's Favorite Episode: David Bateson considers Silent Assassin to be his favorite game in the series.
  • Defictionalization:
  • Dueling Works: The Hitman series has traditionally gone up against Sam Fisher in the console wars, particularly Absolution. Jesper Kyd also composed some tracks for Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: Whereas the other three games in the series came onto Steam in March 2007, a year after Blood Money's release, Contracts remained unavailable on the platform until January 2014 due to a music licensing issue regarding a Clutch song in the mission "Rendezvous in Rotterdam".
  • Name's the Same:
  • Production Foreshadowing: of Deus Ex: Human Revolution. The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp makes a brief appearance in the opening of Blood Money's "Curtains Down".
  • Promoted Fanboy: An extremely quick example. David Bateson was working on a completely different project in 2000, and happened to overhear that IOI needed a voice for the Player Character. He contacted them and after he heard the premise, he was instantly hooked. He considers himself to be 47's biggest fan, and has played through every single Hitman game (As of this writing, he has yet to play Hitman (2016) because he's been too busy), and has said that as long as IOI doesn't decide to replace him, he's completely willing to voice the character even after he retires.Source 
  • Real Song Theme Tune:
    • Ave Maria in Blood Money.
    • The TV commercials for Hitman 2 use Andrew W.K.'s song Ready to Die, which disappointingly does not feature in the game.
    • The song Eve sings on the stage is actually made by a Danish band called Swan Lee. The song is called "Tomorrow Never Dies" (no connection to the Bond movie of the same name).
    • Absolution: "Roadgame" is a great track, albeit a weird choice for Hitman.
    • Hitman (2016) trailer:" "Between Two Points" by The Glitch Mob (feat. Swan).
  • Referenced by...: Mutant Year Zero has a perk called "Silent Assassin," which increases Critical Hit chances. The flavour text reads "Like the dome-headed assassins of the past, you are able to do great damage while hidden from your target. That's as long as you hit... Man."
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Contracts’ story starts just after "Curtains Down", the Paris Opera House from Blood Money. Contracts originally was Blood Money; Las Vegas being a location was even being teased as something that would appear in Contracts. Contracts exists because Blood Money was under a deadline which IO couldn’t meet, and they didn’t want to botch their next-gen Hitman title, so they carved out some select content from Blood Money, reworked some old levels, and fleshed out a minor plot point to create Contracts.
    • Iron Galaxy Studios bet on the right to make Hitman GO and lost, according to CEO Dave Lang, although he also states that the end result is probably way better than whatever they would have come up with.

The Game Show:

  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: The show hasn't been seen since its cancellation, primarily because the "fact videos" were licensed for one showing each and Wolpert hasn't been able to negotiate new terms.
  • What Could Have Been: Jay Wolpert hosted the pilot. When the series was picked up, NBC requested that Wolpert drop 20 pounds and wear a toupee. Wolpert balked and Tomarken was hired to host.

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