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It’s been almost 10 years from the release of Taken (2008) and the surprise hit still remains relevant in pop culture, mostly due to its legendary, conflict-sparking quote. But there are other great Liam Neeson Taken quotes in the movie besides that, almost overused one. Almost.
Liam Neeson plays a retired CIA agent Bryan Mills, a man with a combination of James Bond wittiness and Jason Bourne’s no-nonsense style of resolving conflicts, whose daughter gets kidnapped. So besides elbows to the face and feet to knees, there are some great lines from the movie. Unlike, for instance, The Wire quotes which are very deep, Liam Neeson Taken quotes are all about being a badass. Sort of reminiscing of the famed Arnold Schwarzenegger one-liners, but without the cheesiness of the ’90s movies or the accent.
The movie was such a hit that it spawned two sequels and a TV show. But everyone will remember the franchise for the Liam Neeson quotes, and his masterful delivery.
Liam Neeson Taken Quotes
Bryan Mills: I don’t know who you are. I don’t know what you want. If you are looking for ransom, I can tell you I don’t have money. But what I do have are a very particular set of skills, skills I have acquired over a very long career. Skills that make me a nightmare for people like you. If you let my daughter go now, that’ll be the end of it. I will not look for you, I will not pursue you. But if you don’t, I will look for you, I will find you, and I will kill you.
Marko: [after a long pause] Good luck.
Bryan Mills: A friend gave this to me. It’s Albanian. You mind translating it?
Marko: [translates paper] “Good luck”.
Bryan Mills: You don’t remember me? We spoke on the phone two days ago. I told you I would find you.
Bryan Mills: [after electrocuting Marko] You either give me what I need or this switch will stay on until they turn the power off for lack of payment on the bill.
Bryan Mills: [Torturing Marko] I believe you. But that won’t save you.
Saint Clair: Please understand… it was all business. It wasn’t personal.
Bryan Mills: It was all personal to me.
Kim: You don’t have to worry.
Bryan Mills: That’s like telling water not to be wet, sweetie.
Bryan Mills: I push one button and 38 agents are here before you have time to scratch your worthless balls.
Jean Claude: Bryan, you cannot just run around, tearing down Paris.
Bryan Mills: Jean Claude, I will tear down the Eiffel Tower if I have to.
Bryan Mills: You come to this country, take advantage of the system and think because we are tolerant that we are weak and helpless. Your arrogance offends me. And for that the rate just went up 10%.
Bryan Mills: It’s a flesh wound. But if you don’t get me what I need, the last thing you’ll see before I make your children orphans is the bullet I put between her eyes!
Now, while the two sequels are inferior to the original, they still provided for some cool Liam Neeson Taken quotes.
Liam Neeson Taken 2 Quotes
Lenore: Wait, what about you?
Bryan Mills: I’ll be fine. It’s the guys following us who are about to have a problem. When a dog has a bone, the last thing you want to do is try and take it from
Bryan Mills: I have to make sure these people never bother us again in our lives.
Kim: What are you going to do?
Bryan Mills: What I do best.
Liam Neeson Taken 3 Quotes
Franck Dotzler: If you go down this road, the LAPD, the FBI, the CIA… they’re all gonna come for you. They’ll find you. And they’ll stop you.
Bryan Mills: Good luck.
Bryan Mills: I know you know a lot of people, and with a good lawyer you’ll get out of jail in a few years. And then I’ll come for you. I’ll find you, and we both know what’s gonna happen.
Bryan Mills: What’s your first priority here, Inspector?
Franck Dotzler: To arrest St. John and charge him with your ex-wife’s murder.
Bryan Mills: My first priority is my daughter.
You read all of those in his voice, didn’t you? Which of these Liam Neeson Taken quotes is your favorite? Other than the obvious one.