I know they'd be duller, considerably so, but imagine the comic potential. For example, heroic British secret agent is captured trying to penetrate Evil Supervillain's volcano base. Guards drag him to Evil Supervillain, who regards him coldly and either a. has him shot in the back of the neck there and then or b. hamstrung and tortured to death for intelligence. Take it further - hero, cornered by henchmen while penetrating Evil Supervillain's volcano base, rips off shirt and leaps from cover to confront them. They either a. all attack him simultaneously, beating the living shit out of him before plasticuffing wrists and ankles or b. shoot him dead. Or, hero, faced with unattended computer in Evil Supervillain's volcano base, stabs ineffectually at keyboard, trying to guess complex password, is eventually detained/shot by henchmen. Any other depressing clichés?