As I felt it went in a complete wrong direction in Absolution I want to share some thoughts I have about him and how I think he should be portrayed.
He's a cold calculated killer for hire. That's how he should be protrayed. Not a hero, not emotional. In Absolution he was getting angry and losing his temper. It also felt like they tried to give him the moral highground. How is that a contract killer? A contract killer needs to be patient and stable. Also if you kill people for money you cant have the moral highground. It's one thing in Silent Assassin, because he actually quit the game to reconsider, but he went back to being a hitman.
The whole fun with 47 is that he is amoral. He's not evil or good. He doesnt exactly like or dislike killing. But he takes pride in doing what he does because he's good at it.
And this coldness means that he can blend in at both the Meat Kings party and in a nice opera house in France. Posh party or the most depraved people imaginable.
I understand that when you have a story you need to create tension which you can resolve at the end. A easy way to do this is to have someone doubt himself, lose something or have a flaw which they can overcome. But that isn't 47, and that's not the way he should be. The tension in the story should come from the people he is hunting and the people around him.
The appealing thing with 47 is that he's flawless when it comes to his job.
I think they should confront the character like Hannibal Lecter combined with Lee Van Cleef in The Good, the bad and the ugly. With Diana being almost like Clarice. She may have a civil relationship with 47 and she may even like him, but he's still a killer and she should be aware of that fact and therefore not easily let her guard down.
Another thing with Hitman is that he's good at what he does because he does it silently and without people noticing him or connecting him with what happened. The best of times the death is just seen as an accident. So with all this said, how is there even rumours going around about him outside of the Agency? I mean he's a tall muscular bald guy with a barcode tattoo on the back of his head. His strength in remaining undetected is most definitely not his looks.
So if there's rumours going around about someone with his looks going around killing people and then he shows up, people would know something was up. Even the risk of someone having heard the slightest thing about him would create major problems when preparing for a job. It would also create more risk for the Agency when sending him out. The whole cool thing was that people didnt even know he existed. The kills were so many and on so many different locations I always imagined that people didnt even connect them with each other and that's how he stayed undetected.
I also assumed that the whole thing with him being a clone helped him a lot because being brought up in an Asylum he doesnt exactly have a social security number, which also maked him more invisible.
The big threat in Blood money was that Alexander Leland Cayne had started putting facts together and now was telling a journalist about them. Which ended with the great conclusion that everyone who knew Cayne knew was killed by 47 and therefore once again he was a ghost. A great conclusion which seemed to be null and void in Absolution (Thanks to the scriptwriter Martin Brennan).
This a few of my thoughts about 47. What do you people think about him? How do you view him? How should he be portrayed?