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Liam Neeson in Taken 3. (Pic: 20th Century Fox)
Liam Neeson in Taken 3. (Pic: 20th Century Fox)
Liam Neeson in Taken 3. (Pic: 20th Century Fox)

It certainly doesn’t seem as if Liam Neeson is bored of the character of former CIA operative turned reluctant freelance troubleshooter Bryan Mills just yet — as the third installment of the Taken film series is due for release on January 9. This time around, the plot of the film sees Mills on the run, having been framed for the murder of his ex-wife, while at the same time trying to hunt down the real killers himself.

Here’s a new clip that’s just been released online, with Neeson — in typical fashion for this series — making an all-important phone call, and preparing to put his “particular set of skills” to good use:

Neeson can also be seen over the New Year period talking to Graham Norton on the BBC chat show, explaining that he’s concerned he’s been inadvertently making Americans afraid to travel to Europe. “Just the other day,” he tells Norton, “I got a letter from a school teacher in Texas who had tried to take 60 students to Europe and the families of 40 of them got the kids out of it because they had seen Taken 2!”

The actor also admits that the idea of doing a third film would have been less appealing if it had simply involved another kidnapping plot. “I said I wouldn’t do a third one if someone got taken. It’s insulting to an audience as well as me. [Taken 3] is a good storyline and I’m the hunted instead of the hunter.”

You can see the interview in full on The Graham Norton Show New Year’s Special, which airs on BBC America on Saturday, January 3 at 10/9c. Here’s a special preview clip:

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By Seb Patrick