Die Hard scenario Wiki
Mike Banning
Mike Banning on Olympus Has Fallen
Name: Michael Jameson Banning
Gender: Male
Hair color: Brown
Eye color: Blue
Role: Main hero
Age: 52
Date of birth: September 16, 1970
Birthplace: Ford Hood, Texas
Nationality: Flag of the United States American
Residence(s): Washington, D.C.
Alias(es): Mike
Big Top
Echelon Four
Ocsar Zulu 309
Affiliation: United States Secret Service
United States Army (formerly)
Profession: Secret Service:
Agent (formerly)
Marital status: Married
Spouse(s): Leah Banning
Children: Lynne Banning (newborn daughter)
Father: Clay Banning
Mother: Mary Alice Banning (nee: DeWitt)
Family: Mother-in-law: Doris
Status: Alive
Played by: Gerard Butler
Appears in: 3 films
"It won't matter. Because whatever you think you accomplished, you won't be alive to see it."
―Mike Banning confronting Kang Yeonsak in the video chat [src]

Michael Jameson "Mike" Banning is a former Army Ranger who now works as a Secret Service agent and he is the main protagonist in Has Fallen.

Mike served in the protection detail of President Benjamin Asher until the tragic death of his wife Margaret Asher in 2011, which Mike witnessed, saving the President's life in the process.

Mike later transferred away from the Presidential detail and to the United States Treasury Department, but when the White House (code name 'Olympus') came under attack and President Asher was held hostage in 2013 by the Koreans for United Freedom (KUF) a North Korean terrorist organization, Mike managed to get inside the building undetected and helped greatly in the rescue mission. After his successful rescue of President Asher and the prevention of a nationwide nuclear disaster, Mike was reinstated to the Presidential Detail.

In 2016, Mike escorted President Asher to London for the funeral of British Prime Minister James Wilson. However, Islamic terrorists working for the Barkawi Arms Network assassinate five world leaders and tried to kill President Asher live via internet, but Mike thwarted the live murder and rescued the president.

In 2019, Mike served under Vice President-turned President Allan Trumbull after Asher's presidency ended. After being exonerated for an assassination attempt on Trumbull, he was promoted as the new Secret Service Director.


Early Life and Military Career[]

OHF- Mike Banning Photoshoot 1

Mike Banning

Micheal Jameson "Mike" Banning was born in September 16th, 1970 at Fort Hood, Texas, to Clay Banning, a decorated Army Ranger serving as a tunnel rat in the Vietnam War, and his wife Mary (nee DeWitt). Clay abandoned his family when Mike was young due to the PTSD he suffered.

Mike later joined the Army, where he would become a member of the 75th Ranger Regiment, an elite light infantry special operations force. While in the Army, he met Wade Jennings and the duo formed a friendship and served in the same unit together.

Secret Service Career and Family Life[]

After leaving the military, he became an agent for the Secret Service where he would serve as the leader of the Protection Detail for President Benjamin Asher.

He is married to Leah, who is a nurse working at an unspecified hospital in Washington, D.C.. Banning has a mother-in-law named Doris, who will be a grandmother of his newborn daughter, Lynne.

Olympus Has Fallen[]

Tragedy in Camp David[]

On December 25, 2011, during an icy night at Camp David, Mike and President Asher were boxing each other on the ring downstairs in a sparring match. They were soon interrupted by another Secret Service agent, Dave Forbes, who told them that they had to leave in 10 minutes. While they were taking their boxing gear off, Asher jokingly remarked to Mike that he is not supposed to hit a President and Mike replies he knew that.

Mike Banning 2

Banning in Camp David

Minutes later, Mike changed to the tuxedo when they are taking the President and his family to a campaign fundraiser on Christmas. After learning that the snowstorm outside is getting worse, but advised that it is able to drive, Banning tells them to get the vehicles ready. Mike knocks on the door and tells the president that they are to leave to 5 minutes. Then First Lady Margaret Asher comes up and shows off whatever she should wear the long or the short earrings. Mike suggests she should wear the small one because it would be a classic look for a classy lady.

Then Mike goes to Benjamin and Margaret's son, Connor, was playing Uncharted 3. Mike tells him that the bloodbath will start if Margaret catches him playing it and turns off the TV. Connor remarks to Mike that he sucks as he shuts off the game console and Mike replies that he sucks worse as they prepared to leave.

Mike tells Agent Mark Diaz to ride shotgun on Presidential state car nicknamed The Beast, considering his Christmas gift. He asked Forbes if he was okay to stay back and watch the fort. Forbes says with that snowstorm, he'll get out of the tuxedo, seat by the fire and watch Breaking Bad. Mike tells Forbes to leave the babysitter alone. Then he and other Secret Service agents leave Camp David with the President and First Lady as Connor goes with him, as well as Agents Roma and O'Neil.

As Mike, along with Roma and O'Neil, drive Connor in their vehicle, Mike reminds Connor to put his seat belt on. Then he goes over with Connor on number of emergency exits in the West Wing, how many feet from the Oval Office to the Presidential Emergency Operations Center (PEOC) elevator and the number of the security cameras that have audio. Mike says that they make the Secret Service agent out of Connor yet and Roma remarks that he just needs to remember to put his seat belt on.

While traveling, a tree breach falls onto the lead vehicle and crashes into the limo. The lead vehicle crashes through the bridge and falls into the icy water below. The presidential limo then went to the edge of the damage part of the bridge, balancing precariously. Mike and the other agents rushed to the limo when it was sliding down. Mike managed to get the passenger door open, but passenger side door on Margaret's side was jammed. Though Asher attempted to save the unconscious Margaret, he was pulled from the car by Mike when it was about to fall off the bridge.

The car plummeted to the frozen river below, killing Margaret, Diaz and another agent on impact. As President Asher screamed in agony, Mike, along with Connor and the Secret Service agents, were in deep shock over the loss of Margaret.

Haunted by failure[]

18 months later at July 5, 2013, Mike is still haunted by his failure to save the First Lady. After that tragedy, he was demoted to the desk job in the Treasury Department and had since been a troubled workaholic. He was talking to his wife Leah after he missed the 4th of July celebration with her. He promised he will take her to see the movie among other social events.

At the diner, Mike meets up Secret Service director Lynne Jacobs as well as his former subordinates, including Roma and O'Neil. Roma, who took over Mike's spot as head of the Presidential Detail, introduces Banning to Agent Jones. After Roma and the others left since they have to meet up the South Korean delegation in the White House, including South Korean Prime Minister Lee Tae-Woo, Mike tells Jacobs that he wants back in the Presidential Detail because he is unhappy with the desk job at the Treasury Department. Jacobs assures him that he did what was necessary on that bridge and even President Asher knows that. Jacobs says that Asher just isn't ready to see him everyday because a sight of him still reminds him of Margaret's death and hasn't stopped grieving properly. Banning asks Jacobs about Connor. She replies that he still misses his mother, but still misses Mike and drives the Secret Service crazy with his hiding spots thanks for Banning's training. Jacobs told Banning that he has start living in the real world and forgive himself for failing to save Margaret. As Jacobs was leaving, Banning thanked her for the support.

Back in his car, Mike calls Leah on her cell, but gets her voice mail and says he's just checking in. Then he arrives in the Treasury Department. Around 6:00 PM, Mike hears the motorcade of the South Korean delegation arriving. Then he tosses the soft ball around his computer screen.

White House Taken[]

P229-E2 Olympus

Banning fights back with his service pistol

Suddenly, Mike heard the unusual sound of the plane flying close by and sees the customized C-130 Hercules attacking the capital. He rushed out of the Treasury Department and ran outside. When he sees the C-130 making an attack run, Mike yells out to everyone get out of the way. As the plane fired at the streets and killing Secret Service agents and civilians, he pushes two civilians into the car and covers himself and the civilians into the car to avoid the attack. As the plane went by, he tells the two civilians he saved to stay down in the car as he ran towards the White House and yelling at everyone to take cover.

As Mike made it to the White House, he saw the structure was damaged by the C-130 mini-guns and numerous bodyguards were killed. He sees the South Korean flag in the limousines. Then a bus exploded and destroyed a nearby police car, causing everyone around it to panic, Mike saw two Korean men coming to close to the front fence. He yelled to the two men to get down. When they refused to and were about to suicide bomb the fence, he killed one of them. But the other man detonated the bomb and destroyed the fence. As he was blown away by the blast radius, Banning was temporary dazed by the blast. As the group of Korean men began their operation to attack the White House, Banning tried to contact anyone on the radio, but getting no response. As the terrorists went in the North Lawn, Banning grabbed his P229 pistol and entered the front lawn during the gunfight, killing two terrorists from behind. As he went to one of the trees, one of the terrorists spotted him and fired at him and Banning kills that gunman.

As the Korean terrorists were advancing to the White House, DC Metro police officers fired at them from the outside until a female Korean sniper kills them. Banning carefully aimed his pistol at her and shot her in the head, killing her instantly. As Banning went cover to cover by the trees, he reloaded a new magazine into his pistol. When he saw one of his friends got shot in the neck, Mike kills one of the advancing terrorists to go to the front entrance and has the wounded agent into the ground behind cover. He tried to help the agent, but the agent dies. Mike reloaded his last magazine and asked his former co-workers where President Asher is. One of his friends says he doesn't know.

As more reinforcements from the Secret Service were coming to the front door, Mike was about to fire back at the terrorists when he saw them going down. Then he saw a FN M240D machine gun hidden in the garbage truck and tries to warn the agents to go back inside, but a majority of the agents were killed by the machine gun fire as Mike watched in horror. Then he looked back out and sees a terrorist about to fire a RPG rocket. He yells out to the agents with him as the rocket destroyed the front door and kills three Secret Service agents nearby. Banning yelled to the two agents with him to get inside the building. As Mike made it inside the White House, the other two agents were killed by the terrorists. Then, he retreated to the stairway and watches as the Korean terrorists entered the White House as he realizes that he ran out of ammo in his P229 pistol. Banning further retreated upstairs to avoid detection.

Lone Intruder[]

As the White House was taken, Mike explores around to find any weapons and checking out if any agents are alive. He finds Roma's body, having been shot death. Banning briefly looked at his body somberly. When the terrorists shut the power down in the White House, Banning realized that the surveillance feed was still operational and headed for the control room. Then he killed one of the terrorists by stabbing him repeatedly with his knife and finishes him off by slashing him in the throat. As Banning took the terrorist's pistol, he found a picture of Connor, realizing that they were looking for him. Banning typed in the code panel and got another pistol from a lock box. Then he got access to the computer and Banning used his thumbprint on the scanner to access the computer and disabled the surveillance cameras so the terrorists wouldn't find him and Connor easily.

As Banning reached the Oval Office, he tried to contact The Pentagon on the phone, but found that all phone lines were down. Then he went behind a picture where a hidden safe was located and opened the safe where the President's satellite phone is being kept and contacted the Pentagon with it. While waiting to be patched through, Banning saw C-4 explosives on the windows of the Oval Office.

Then, he was patched into the Situation Room in the Pentagon where Jacobs, Speaker of the House Allan Trumbull and U.S. Army Chief of Staff General Edward Clegg were at. Banning identified himself as Echelon 4 and gave Jacobs his designation code. The surprised Jacobs asked where he was at. Banning confirmed to her that he was in the Oval Office while getting a pistol from the President's desk. He asked if President Asher is in the Presidential Emergency Operations Center (P.E.O.C.) bunker. After being placed on hold for a few seconds, Jacobs confirmed to Banning that the president was in the bunker, where he was being held hostage. After Banning got the pistol, he asked Jacobs what did the terrorists want. Jacobs said that they were still trying to find out and Trumbull said he's the Acting President. When the Speaker asked Banning if there were any other survivors with him, Banning says all of the agents in there were wiped out and gave everyone at The Pentagon the situation report. While doing so, he got into the President's laptop and deletes the classified files so no one would get their hands on it. He asked where Connor is at and Jacobs says that they didn't know his location, but it's presumed to be inside the White House. He tells them that the terrorists were looking for him and told everyone to use him.

After briefly looking at the pictures of the President and his family, he went on and saw a Korean terrorist coming at the Oval Office and fought him. Despite the terrorist's fighting prowess, Banning soon overpowered him and bashed his head with the bust statue of Abraham Lincoln, killing the terrorist.

Banning took a picture of the Korean tattoo of a terrorist's nape and sent it to the Pentagon. Jacobs asked if the commando's alive and Banning only replied, "Ask me a serious question." Nobody in the Pentagon recognized the tattoo and Trumbull has the director of the CIA to get it over to Langley. Trumbull told Banning that they want them to recall the Seventh Fleet and pull their troops out of Korea. He reluctantly also told Banning that a Cerberus code has been entered. While loading the dead terrorist's weapons, Banning asked what Cerberus is and General Clegg said it's classified. Banning persuaded to tell them what it is. Trumbull informed him that Cerberus is a highly-classified three-prong fail-safe device that self-detonates any U.S. nuclear missiles during an abort. Three top U.S. government officials have the partial output on the codes to activate Cerberus; President Asher, Secretary of Defense Ruth McMillan and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Admiral Joe Hoenig, all of them held hostage in the bunker. Jacobs says if they got those codes and self-detonated the nukes, it would leave America vulnerable for a nuclear strike. Banning told them to change the codes, but NSA Deputy Director Ray Monroe said that they couldn't do that since Cerberus was designed as a self-contained, isolated program and the only way to change the code was physically the computer located inside the bunker itself. Banning suspected that they are out to get Connor to make President Asher reveal his Cerberus code. Trumbull said the President would hold out as long as possible, but if they got Connor and hurt him, Asher won't hold out under those circumstances. He authorized Banning to find Connor and get him out of White House. Banning readily headed out to find Connor.

Saving Sparkplug[]

Banning finds Connor

Banning finds Connor in the secret passageway

While eluding the commandos in the hallways, Mike quietly got into the Lincoln Bedroom. After noticing the footsteps of the commandos, he sneaks into the hidden tunnels behind the Lincoln Bedroom walls. As he was quietly looked in the wall, he found Connor, who hid there during the attack. Connor was relieved to see Mike. Mike then informs The Pentagon that he found Connor (under his Secret Service code-name Sparkplug) and he's going to bring him out. Connor asked Banning about his father and he assured the boy that his father would be fine. Then a few tense moments, Mike waited for the moment before he and Connor sprinted toward the other secret door as the terrorists fired at the walls. Mike blindly fired at them and wounds one of them. As he and Connor made it to the door, Banning dove down to his side and fired the last two rounds in his pistol at the door of the Lincoln bedroom and quickly pulled the other pistol. He asked Connor if he was alright and Connor nodded. Then Mike tells Connor to stay close to him. He quickly escorts Connor out of the living quarters before the terrorists in the Lincoln Room can see them.

Mike got Connor to the sub-basement storage area and heads for the ventilation shaft that leads to the ground floor. He told Connor to watch his back in case if any commandos came in as he unscrewed the vent crate and informed The Pentagon that Connor would be coming out in the ground floor through the ventilation shaft in the northwest corner. After Mike finished unscrewing the vent grate, Connor asked if he was coming with him. Mike told the boy that he had to go and get his dad. He then reminds Connor climbing the shaft is like doing the chimney climb that Banning taught Connor in the Rose Garden wall. Banning then gives Connor his own badge as he tells that he is a honorary Secret Service agent now. He lifted Connor to the shaft and Connor begins his climb to the top of the shaft. Banning informed the Pentagon that Connor is on his way up. Then he sees a shadow of one of the terrorists coming in the storage area. He tells Connor to wait up to prevent noises.

As the terrorist saw Connor in the shaft, Mike sneaked up and grabbed the terrorist from behind, strangling him with his arms and then breaks his neck. He tells Connor it's just a false alarm and tells to continue his climb. As Connor was climbing up, Mike tells Jacobs he's coming up. After a few tense moments, Jacobs tell Mike that Connor is out of the building safely, to his relief. The pleased Trumbull then authorizes Mike to try to get President Asher out. Banning acknowledged as he went out to save Asher.

Getting information[]

"I just ask them nicely."
―Banning replied to Jacobs after interrogating two of the terrorists. [src]

Meanwhile, Banning ambushed two of the commandos and knocks them out. He takes them to the Oval Office and ties them to the chair. He demands to know who is running the group. Banning asked them if they speak English and did they learn that language where they come from. He said to them that he is trained on how to extract information. The terrorists just laughed at him. Banning sarcastically says that it is funny. Then he stabs one of the terrorists in the neck to scare the other one. Banning then says he is guessed he is little rusty and sarcastically says to the other terrorist that his friend was a funny guy. Then he demands the name of his leader and how many men they have. When the terrorists speaks in the Korean language, Banning covers his mouth with his hand and stabs him in the leg, having the terrorist screamed out in pain. Banning tells them to speak in English.

After learning the leader's name is Kang Yeonsak, the head of the Koreans for United Freedom, a North Korean paramilitary organization and that 40 commandos breached the front gate and they are 28 men left, he informs the Pentagon of the information. Jacobs asked Banning if they can trust the information and he replied he just ask them nicely. Monroe runs the name Kang Yeonsak. They finds out that Kang is one of the most wanted terrorists in the world. Banning listens to Monroe's information on Kang as he learns that Kang was brought across DMZ as the child after his father was executed for crimes against the North Korea, but when they were crossing the border, his mother was killed by a landmine belonging to the US Army. Kang masterminded the 2004 bombing of the British Embassy in Seoul and smuggled uranium enrichment technology into North Korea from Pakistan. He was never photographed or identified by any Western intelligence agency before and nobody thought to look for him inside the South Korean government. General Clegg said with the force that size, he has men who can swept them out in a short order. Banning tells the general that the terrorists are very tough. General Clegg says he's got the toughest guys in the world and that they need to know how to get in the PEOC bunker. Jacobs say that they don't get in there once the blast doors closed and it's nuclear-hardened. She also says to General Clegg that there is used to be some old tunnels, but they were sealed up years ago. Banning tells Trumbull that they need to know what they are going to walk into and warns him not to launch anything until he did some reconnaissance.

Discovering a traitor[]

"You know what. Why don't you and I play a game of f*** off. You go first."
―Mike Banning confronts Kang Yeonsak on the radio. [src]

As Banning left the Oval Office, Kang contacts him through the intercom and taunts him. Banning responds by taking out the radio earpiece in his stolen armored vest and saying what took him so long. Kang taunts to his intruder that he knows about his failure to save Margaret and that he will fail to save the President, stating that failure seemed to be the habit with Banning these days. Banning says that maybe he owns them for giving him a chance to make up for that today. Kang just says that he admires him for acknowledging his own failure, but states there is no going back and nothing he can do tonight can atone for his disgrace. Banning states that maybe he can't atone for his disgrace, but tells him that he might want to take a headcount and that Connor is out of the White House. Kang then taunts Banning again, asking about Leah and he knows about her too. Banning, fed up with Kang and quietly distressed that Kang mentioning Leah, just finished the conversation, saying that let each other play a game of "f*** off. You go first." and disables the radio. Then, he continues on to the White House hallways.

Later in the hallway near the state's dining room, Banning sees someone coming and puts the gun to the man's head. To his surprise, it was Dave Forbes, who currently works a private contractor in Prime Minister's Lee security detail. As he stood down, the surprised Banning asked Forbes what was he doing in the White House and Forbes says that he was with the South Korean delegation when all this went down. Forbes asked the same thing to Banning since he knows Banning works in the Treasury Department and Banning says he came in through the front door. As they set down on the doorway near the state's dining room, Forbes asked Banning if the president's okay. Banning says that the terrorists got him in the bunker. Forbes asked if Roma made it and Banning shook his head, which seemingly upsets Forbes. Banning says that they have to continue on, but Forbes was acting strange for the moment and when he mentioned Kang's name, the surprised and suspicious Banning asked Forbes how did he know the leader's name. Forbes then tossed his cigarette on Banning and attacks him, revealing to be alongside Kang. Banning pushes to the table in the state's dining room. As Forbes pins Banning to the floor and tries to put his pistol on him, Banning was able to get the pistol off Forbes' hand and strikes him off him. As they stood, Banning then fought Forbes. Then Forbes lets out his own knife and tries to stab Banning with it. But Banning proves to be superior and stabs Forbes' chest with the knife Forbes was using and knocks him down.

As Banning leaned down to the mortally wounded Forbes, he confronts the traitor why he did all this. Forbes somberly and regretfully admits that he lost his way. Banning convinces Forbes to tell Kang that he killed him to help him buy time to save the president to make up for his treacherous deeds and uses the radio to have Forbes contact Kang. Forbes then tells Kang that he got Banning and that everything is clear. Once it was done, Banning finishes Forbes off by stabbing him in the head.

Rooftop battle[]

Banning hears that General Clegg that they are planning to infiltrate the White House by going through the roof. Banning tells The Pentagon to wait and let him check out the roof first. Clegg only says that they are not waiting and Trumbull states that they have to secure Cerberus. Banning unhappily goes to the roof as fast as possible.

As Banning arrives in the roof access of the White House, he slowly peeks in and sees no one there at the moment. Then he sees a weapons control laptop. Banning realizes from the US Army package is the Hydra 6, a next generation prototype anti-aircraft weapon. As he sees the weapon moving up the lift, Banning tries to tell the Pentagon to hold the SEAL team away from the White House, but Clegg initially refuses to do so. Banning tries to shut down the weapon, but the access to it is locked out. He tells Jacobs that Kang and his men have the Hydra 6 and they have to abort the infiltration. Although Clegg knows what the Hydra 6 is, he still confident that the SEALs will take the weapon down. Banning angrily again to tells them to abort the mission in vain.

Having no choice, Banning sees one of the terrorists coming in the roof access. He charges at him and shots the terrorist in the leg to use him as a human shield. Banning then kills two of the terrorists with his pistol using that terrorist as a shield. Then the fourth terrorist pins him. Banning kills the terrorist he used as a human shield as he watches as the Hydra 6 rose up and started firing on the helicopters. As the terrorist blocks him in, Banning uses the scoped Heckler & Koch MP5A3 gun to shot out that terrorist's feet and quickly finishes him off before heading to the roof as the Hydra 6 annihilates the SEAL team. He takes the RPG-7 rocket launcher and fires at the last Hydra 6 gun, but that last gun takes out the fifth chopper, as the out of the control helicopter was about to crash on the White House. He moves away from the chopper and went to the hole on it. As the helicopter's rear rotor was about to hit Banning, he lets go of the hole and fells through the third floor and land in the floor of the Lincoln Bedroom, injuring himself as the helicopter explodes, damaging the living quarters of the White House.

As he regains his consciousness, Banning, who is in pain due to the injuries he sustained from the fall, crawl sluggishly to the bed frame of the bed in Lincoln Bedroom. He checks in with the Pentagon. Trumbull says that they've been trying to reach him and asked if he was alright. Banning tells the Speaker that the team needs some serious help and can hold him for insubordination. General Clegg orders Banning to stand down, stating that they need to put him out of here before they can lost another hostage, since Vice President Charlie Rodriguez has been executed by Kang. Banning reminds the general that he doesn't work for him. While Trumbull reprimands Clegg and puts him over his head, Banning tends to his wounds. When Trumbull checks in with Banning, he pulls a piece of debris out of his left abdomen and asked the Speaker what the plan is. The Speaker reluctantly says that they are going to recall the Seventh Fleet and pull their troops out of Korea, as well as give them the helicopter to the North Lawn. Banning tells the Speaker that they cannot give Kang and his men what they wants and he has dealt with these type of men before. He tells Trumbull to give him some time to flush them out. Trumbull says that they are talking about the safety of the President of the United States and Banning replies that they are talking a hell a lot more than that. He reminds The Speaker that he is acting president now and that he is the best hope he's got. Trumbull tells Banning he's got 30 minutes to try something to flush out the terrorists.

Here to stay[]

"There is no again. You're gotta die down there alone, cut off from the rest of the world. My advice, save the last bullet for yourself. Because if you don't, I'm gotta stick my knife to your brain."
―Banning taunting Kang on the video chat [src]

Banning finally calls Leah, who has been working in the hospital since the invasion, and gets a hold of her while he treats his own injuries. Banning tells her he's just checking in. When Leah asked how his day been, he only said to her that he's been busy, not wanting to tell her that he's inside to the White House to worry her. Banning asked his wife if she was okay, Leah says that she's alright and that she had to stay in the hospital longer than she thought. He replied that he had to stay longer too. When Leah asked her husband if he can come home tonight, Banning replies that he will and they got a date to do soon. Then Banning says he has to go and only said to Leah that paperwork is starting piling up, not wanting to worry Leah about his current situation. Banning tells Leah that he loves her before hanging up to do his job. Once he patches himself up, Banning went back to work.

Banning confronts Kang at video chat

Banning confronts Kang in a video chat

At the security room, Banning disables the communications in the bunker and speaks to Kang on the video conference. He taunts the terrorist that if he looked like he has seen a ghost after having Forbes to tell him that he's dead. Then, Banning says that there will be no televised executions, no helicopter and no more negotiating with him. When Kang says he will send President Asher's body out, Banning says it won't matter because whatever Kang thinks he accomplished, he will not be alive to see it. Kang unhappily orders his computer expert, Lim, to shut the video chat down, but Banning says that he is not shutting him down and is here to say. Kang admits that he underestimated him and that it will not happened again. Banning says that there will be no again because he will die down in the bunker alone and cut off from the world. He advises Kang to save the last bullet for himself or he will stick his knife to his brain. Then he taunts that he send photos of his body to the press, because he knows Kang likes that kind of stuff before shutting down the video chat and locking out Kang's video access, before heading out to the bunker where Kang will leave.

As Banning arriving the stairway near the front lobby, where Kang intends to kill Secretary McMillan outside the White House in front of the media, he uses a scoped rifle to kill Kang's henchman Cho. As he tried to shoot at Kang, Banning kills another one of Kang's men. As he headed downstairs to get away from gunfire, Kang retreats back to the bunker and U.S. troops pulled McMillan to safety. As two of Kang's men we're coming to the stairway, Banning kills one coming in the stairway and blind fires his pistol to mortally wound the other one before finished him off swiftly. When Trumbull checks in, Banning tells him that Kang got away and is back in the bunker. Trumbull tells him he give it a good shot and that he saved McMillan as Banning continued on to try to stop the threat.

Showdown with Kang[]

While Banning was patrolling the White House, Trumbull informs him that they have to get Kang and President out of the open while giving the terrorist the chopper to give it their best shot. Then he heard an explosion. Banning looked at the North Lawn, he was horrified that the helicopter exploded and feared the worst. He asked Trumbull what happened and Trumbull just says that it's hard to tell and that Kang killed himself, along with the President and the other hostages. After a moment, Banning is suspicious about the explosion and tells Trumbull that Kang would not go out like a suicide bomber because Banning knows that is not who he is. He suspects that Kang is still in the bunker with President Asher and he will try to slip away. Trumbull informs Banning that if Kang is still in the bunker with the president, Banning cannot let Kang leave with Asher. Banning promised he won't let them escape as he heads to the elevator that goes down the PEOC.

While Kang and his men are attempting to escape with the President, the elevator arrives in the bunker and Banning quickly kills two of Kang's men with the final rounds of his Glock 17 pistol. As President Asher knocked Kang's last henchman Yu off him and tries to confront Kang, Banning ran towards the hallway while near the concrete wall and slid down to his knees to grab Yu's gun away from him as Yu tried to use the wall to sprang a surprise attack. After a brief fight, Banning managed to get behind Yu and breaks his neck, killing Yu.

Banning kills Kang

Banning stabs Kang

After Kang shot President Asher in the abdomen when trying to get Kang's gun away from him, Banning rushes towards and managed to have Kang lose his pistol. As they fight each other, Kang proves to be a skilled martial-artist. Although Banning managed to land a few hits on him and knock Kang's knives away, the terrorist mastermind kicks him down to the ground. Banning grabs one of the Kang's knives and tries to attack him with it. Although he slashed the terrorist's leg after blocking one of his kicks and again slashed his right arm, Kang pushes Banning to the concrete wall and he made the agent lose the knife during the struggle. After knocking Banning down, Kang begins to strangle him with his right hand. As he was about to be choked to death, Kang taunted Banning "Looks like you failed again, Mike.". With those poor choice of words and Kang seeing the wounded Asher struggling to get close to him, the motivated Banning elbow strike Kang's right arm off him and knees his head. Then Banning jumps and rolls down the floor, holding Kang in the headlock with his legs. He then breaks the terrorist's right arm, incapacitating him. Banning sees a nearby knife and grabs it with his left hand and stabs it into Kang's head, killing the terrorist mastermind and proving true to his words earlier.

Disabling Cerberus[]

After Banning kills Kang, he tries to tend the injured President Asher, who tells him that Kang activated Cerberus and deactivate the nuclear weapons that Kang put to destroy the United States. Banning tells Asher to press his stomach wound in and rushed to shut down Cerberus. He tells the Pentagon that the President Asher is hurt, but alive and asked how to disable the fail-safe protocol. As Trumbull tells someone to get the deactivation codes, General Clegg tells Banning to find the control panel marked "Countermand" and flip a switch that is marked "Initiate Recall". Once Banning did all that, the deactivation sequence was initiated.

As the time was getting close to 30 seconds, Banning tells them to hurry up. Monroe gives him the deactivation codes step-by-step. When Monroe said the word "Hash tag", Banning was confused as he didn't know what it is. Jacobs quickly tells Banning that it's Shift-3. After Banning typed in pound sign, Monroe gave him the final codes. Once it was done, Banning and others in The Pentagon waited several tense moments while the code was being transmitted as the countdown almost reached zero. When the countdown reached 3 seconds, Cerberus was deactivated, much to Banning's immediate relief as the nightmarish situation is finally over.


OHF- Mike and Leah embrace

Mike and Leah reunited

By dawn, Banning takes the wounded President Asher out of the White House. As they went to the front entrance, Banning apologizes for the damage on the White House. President Asher says that he believes the building is insured as the US troops took the President from Banning as they left the building. As Mike was being escorted, he sees Connor hugging his father outside the ambulance and felt so relieved to see that as he was escorted by troops to the ambulance. While he was about to checked on by paramedics, he sees Leah was waiting in the ambulance. Leah comes over to him and they embraced.

Banning returns to Presidential detail

Banning returns to the Protection Detail

Several days later, Banning is back to the Protection Detail once again as he, along with Connor, Jacobs and General Clegg, watch President Asher addressing the public about the aftermath of the attack on the lost of lives and his assurance that America will rebuild from the attack. After the speech, Mike and President Asher shook hands. As Benjamin and Connor left the press room, Mike stands proudly as he knows that he has redeemed himself.

Post-Washington, D.C. attacks[]

Since his reinstatement to the Presidential Detail, Banning likely recruited many agents, including Bronson and Voight, into the detail to replace the ones killed during the White House siege.

During these three years, Leah became pregnant with his first child. He began to question his life as he is expecting to become a father and has been contemplating whether to resign from the Protection Detail.

London Has Fallen[]

Preparations for state funeral[]

Three years after the White House Siege, Banning and Asher went for a president run.

Later, Banning watches the news that British Prime Minister James Wilson passed away from an apparent heart attack while undergoing post-surgical treatment to repair his knee. Leah then comes over and says it was the White House on the phone.

The next day, Banning and Jacobs arrived in the Oval Office. Banning told them that they will land in Somerset House and they will drive by motorcade to St. Paul's Cathedral.

Incident in London[]

On his next mission, which Banning decides to make as his last, he is assigned to guard President Asher when they and Jacobs travel to London, England to attend the funeral of Prime Minister James Wilson. However, the funeral is suddenly bombarded by surprise attacks caused by several Middle Eastern terrorists disguised as policemen or Queen's Guards, and they quickly execute the leaders of France, Italy, Germany, Canada and Japan. Banning immediately takes out eight terrorists before he, Asher and Jacobs are forced into a car chase to flee from London, which has now become a death trap. Banning manages to shoot many terrorists riding on motorcycles trying to grab President Asher, and soon they board Marine One helicopter trying to fly out of the city. However, terrorists, armed with FIM-92 Stinger missiles, shoot all the escorts down, as well as Banning's Marine One helicopter. When it crashes in the Hyde Park, the collision lodges a metallic spike through Jacobs, and she bleed to death.

Banning and Asher escape and enter the emptied streets, taking down a squadron of terrorists who have invaded the London Underground. Banning picks up the radio from Raza Mansoor he shot, and this connects him to Kamran Barkawi (the film's secondary antagonist) who reveals that he coordinated and authorized the invasion on London. Banning only threatens Kamran that he is coming to kill him unless he retreats back to Iran or Pakistan or wherever he's from. Banning and Asher meet up with Jacqueline "Jax" Marshall, a British agent at an MI6 safe house, which also gets infiltrated by terrorists disguising as Delta Force team. The two men are forced out onto the streets and drive off, but are run off the road by terrorists in a truck and they kidnap Asher and drive off in a van. In retaliation, Banning shoots and stabs the terrorist who was assigned to get him until the combined force of British Special Air Service and Delta Force operators led by Will Davies arrive at the exact moment.

Rescuing the President[]

Banning and the military assault team engage in an open combat against Kamran's hideout as they march to save President Asher before he is executed in live feed at 8:00 PM. Banning and the military successfully kill half of Barkawi's men, although the surviving half proves too well armed, forcing Banning to refrain from frontal assault as he attempted it before the military takes out the building's generator and draw enemy attention while Banning sneaks into the hideout to find Asher.

At this time, Kamran and his hackers have taken over public TV screens worldwide, including the United States and Japan, with the intention to execute Asher in live feed. Banning reaches Asher at the very last second and orders Davies to detonate the explosive attached to the building's gas pipe. While Banning and Asher make a run for it, Kamran is left to incinerate to death from the explosion. As Davies and his team search for Banning and Asher in the destroyed hideout, they locate the two men alive in the elevator shaft. Banning gives Kamran's phone to Davies, since it could be use to find Kamran's father, Aamir Barkawi (the main antagonist), which led to Barkawi's death by a drone strike.


Two weeks after the events of London, Leah eventually gave birth to Banning's daughter, Lynne, named in honor of Jacobs. As Banning was about to send his letter of resignation to President Asher, he was inspired by Trumbull's speech. With that, he deleted his letter.

Angel Has Fallen[]

Training exercise and pain medication[]

Mike underwent extensive training session with his former fellow colleague in the Army Rangers, Wade Jennings, and his commandos working for a private military company named Salient Global in their Virginia facility. His trusted commander-in-chief, President Allan Trumbull, had recommended for a position as Director of Secret Service to replace the retiring Director David Gentry.

Throughout the events, he hid a fact that he was suffering from migraines and insomnia, as well as the recurring back pain, likely due to events in the White House Siege and the London Siege.

Attack on the President[]

Mike went on a rural fishing trip with President Trumbull where both of them shared jokes about the President taking a day off to catch some fish. However, they were interrupted when Mike and the protection detail saw a large number of unmanned drones approaching from the north. The entire protection detail was killed by these drones, but Mike was able to survive and save Trumbull. However, the duo got incapacitated in the process and sent to Saint Matthews Hospital.

Framed for the assassination and on the run[]

While the President was on comatose due to injuries sustained from the attack, Mike was placed under arrest by FBI agent Helen Thompson as she and her people had uncovered substantial evidence of his hair and DNA stored in the discarded cargo van used to carry out the massacre.

As Mike was being transported to a detention facility, his convoy was ambushed and attacked by mercenaries and was being led away. However, Mike quickly escaped after killing all of his assailants in the SUV and made it crash into the tree. Mike unmasked and recognized one of the assailants as Bruno who took part in the training exercise at the beginning of the film. He eventually deduced that Jennings was responsible for framing him.

Walking towards the gas station and got himself changed of clothes, Mike utilized the pay phone to call his wife Leah and let her know that he is alive. However, the long period of phone call alerted Thompson to his location which led to a car chase. When he crashed the trailer, Mike ran off into the woods at night and successfully eluded the police looking for him.

Finding his estranged father[]

The next morning, Mike headed to his father Clay's house in the woods and even encountered him aiming a sniper rifle at his own estranged son. Mike recalled to his father that he had been in West Virginia for the past five years; Alaska and North Carolina prior to that.

At night, Mike and his father observed Jennings' men approaching Clay's house through surveillance cameras. Clay detonates explosives around the perimeter of the house, killing all the would-be attackers. They escaped and Mike draws map coordinates to Clay's house and used the cameras on the highway to lead the FBI to the bodies of Salient Global commandos. Before parting ways, Mike revealed to his father that he has a wife and daughter.

Rescuing the President[]

Knowing that the President was still in danger, Mike headed to St. Matthews Hospital where Trumbull awoke from his coma and took a State Police uniform from the officer he held at gunpoint. Upon reaching the floor where Trumbull was treated, he was captured by the Secret Service and met Gentry, telling him that he needed to see the President. As Mike was brought in, he explained to the President that he knew the culprit behind the attack and informed him that he is not safe in hospital.

When Gentry and White House Chief of Staff Sam Wilcox argued about Mike's loyalty situation, Trumbull clarified to them that Mike is truly on his side and ordered him released. Mike saw that the hospital's nitrogen and oxygen supply had leaked, realizing that Jennings was trying to destroy the hospital's Intensive Care Unit and Gentry ordered a full evacuation of the hospital.

Mike led the President to the emergency vehicles when he saw Jennings and his men arrived and started their attack. When Wilcox was shot dead by Jennings, Mike and Gentry quickly led the President to the adjacent building and hid both Gentry and Trumbull in the office while he went out to rearm himself to engage Jennings and his men. Then, Mike was able to prevent Jennings' escape by destroying the helicopter he was about to climb aboard before engaging him in a brutal one-on-one fight. Eventually, Mike killed Jennings and the crisis ended.


After he was exonerated of all charges, Mike had a meal with his father and his family, with Clay deciding that he would live with his son and his family. Mike then went to the White House and meet Trumbull in the Oval Office where he finally disclosed his aliments and offered his resignation after feeling guilty over his failure to protect Trumbull. However, the President forgave all of his mistakes and still recommended Mike for the position as Secret Service Director, in which he accepted.

Clay and Mike later visited the Zero Gravity Center together in an attempt to relax as a bonding experience, before complaining when they were engulfed in darkness.




  • Banning killed 24 terrorists in Olympus Has Fallen and 56 terrorists in London Has Fallen.
  • Banning is skilled with the use of knives, which he used to kill five terrorists in the White House (which includes Kang Yeonsak and his former colleague, Dave Forbes).
  • Banning has been compared by some film critics as being rather similar to the protagonist Jack Bauer on the TV show 24.

Olympus Has Fallen Characters
Heroes Mike Banning - President Benjamin Asher - Allan Trumbull
Villains Kang Yeonsak - Dave Forbes
Allies Lynne Jacobs - Secretary of Defense Ruth McMillan - General Edward Clegg - Ray Monroe - Roma
Henchmen Lim - Cho - Yu
Other characters Leah Banning - Margaret Asher - Connor Asher

London Has Fallen Characters
Heroes Mike Banning - President Benjamin Asher - Vice President Allan Trumbull
Villains Aamir Barkawi - Kamran Barkawi
Allies Lynne Jacobs - Jacqueline "Jax" Marshall - Secretary of Defense Ruth McMillan - General Edward Clegg - Ray Monroe - D.C. Mason - Kevin Hazard - Will Davies
Henchmen John Lancaster - Sultan Mansoor - Raza Mansoor
Other characters Leah Banning - Voight - Bronson

Angel Has Fallen Characters
Heroes Mike Banning - Allan Trumbull - Clay Banning
Villains Wade Jennings - Martin Kirby
Allies David Gentry - Leah Banning - Helen Thompson
Henchmen Travis Cole - Bruno
Other characters Sam Wilcox - Ramirez - Murphy - Peterson