Today we take another gander at Nikki Arcane (Arane in some quarters), the rather scuzzy assassin for hire who nevertheless loves puppies, from Stanley Kubrick‘s The Killing (1956). This is the first glimpse we get of him in the film, gleefully blasting away at cardboard targets while Johnny Clay (Sterling Hayden) shields Nikki’s puppy from the barrage.
Sterling Hayden – what a guy. Actor, sailor, writer, raconteur. The sea was his first love. When he died in 1986, he was cremated and his ashes scattered in San Francisco Bay.