Former Eastenders actor Billy Murray can do the emotionally detached criminal boss shtick with his eyes closed. There’s always something urbane and icily evil about the characters he plays in Brit-crime flicks. He may be capable of cutting your ear off with a penknife, but he’ll always be immaculately turned out and polite while he does do.
In Airborne he lends this air of cool superiority to a small part as the boss of a secret covert government organisation that fight terrorism. With the authority to take control of the civilian skies at the drop of a hat, he leaves Mark Hamill’s air traffic controller little choice but to hand the reins over to Murray, who plays a man who takes a greater good attitude to the sanctity of human life.