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Whether playing a preppy snob, a sex-obsessed voyeur, or Boston's best legal eagle, James Spader has brought to life some of the most talked about characters on screen. His latest role finds Spader on both sides of the law as the world's most wanted criminal who surrenders to the FBI and offers to help them track down dangerous and deadly fugitives on "The Blacklist." The NBC series premiered tonight amidst much anticipation and positive early reviews. As the enigmatic and elusive Raymond "Red" Reddington, Spader owns every scene he appears in as he brokers a deal with the FBI to take down an international terrorist in exchange for exclusively working with rookie agent Elizabeth Keen (Megan Boone). Early theories suggest that Red is Elizabeth's father, but guessing his true motives for recruiting the young woman in his master plan is just part of the fun.
In honor of another knockout performance from the acclaimed actor, here are James Spader's seven best quotes from tonight's series premiere of "The Blacklist."
"It's called 'The Blacklist,' that sounds exciting."
Spader character most likely to say it: Rip in Less Than Zero
"You've discovered something curious about your husband, haven't you Lizzie?"
Spader character most likely to say it: Graham Dalton in Sex, Lies and Videotape
"If you want to save lives and catch the bad guys, pay attention."
Spader character most likely to say it: Dr. Daniel Jackson in Stargate
Spader character most likely to say it: James Ballard in Crash
"I think I smell the stench of your cologne, Agent Cooper. Smells like hubris."
Spader character most likely to say it: Alan Shore in Boston Legal
"If you want my list, you have to play by my rules."
Spader character most likely to say it: Mr. Grey in Secretary
"The Sheraton's not my scene."
Spader character most likely to say it: Steff in Pretty in Pink
What was your favorite part of "The Blacklist?" Let us know what you think of the series and its star James Spader on the comments below.
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