In 2002, The Bourne Identity offered a bold alternative to the 007 saga, which at the time was faltering and needed to regain strength.
The longest-running movie franchise has had to reinvent itself regularly over the past few decades. We’re talking about James Bond, who after Sean Connery stepped down from his role as the famous agent and George Lazenby took over, his popularity plummeted dramatically. After Roger Moore and Pierce Brosnan, the saga needed a change and the producers hit the reset button shortly after the turn of the millennium.
Shortly before Pierce Brosnan’s last Bond film, the bourne affair filled the theaters, received a rapturous reception from the audience and ushered in a new era of spy movies, Bond’s makers have always known to react to the signs of the times without destroying too much of the essence of their brand. They received all kinds of complaints when they signed Daniel Craig in what was surely an obvious change, but they proved they weren’t wrong.
between casino Royale (2006) Y no time to die (2021), Craig has managed to reinvent the saga and establish himself as one of the best agents ever to wear the suit. This is probably debatable, but one thing is clear: James Bond is a very different person after the actor passed away.
Jason Bourne and James Bond: separated at birth
and the fact that much of that success is due to the bourne affair, James Bond is a mythological character enough to go his own way and we have no doubt about that, but both sagas feed off each other. When the bourne affair Released theatrically in September 2002, 007 was on the verge of a necessary reboot, which would take place two months later., in die Another Day The villain lived in an ice palace, while Bourne featured the hero without any finesse, fighting in realistic settings. That’s just what Bond needed.
On the other hand, Jason Bourne is the one who has lost his memory. In other words, he is not a superior being like 007 used to be portrayed. He is a sensitive, likeable boy, with problems and who is not always up to the task in battle. We feel and suffer for him. There’s a similar pattern in movies like Craig’s 007. Until then, there was no sense of a hero in an impeccable suit and, above all, his relationships with women needed revision – which, by the way, underwent final revision in no time to dieUpdating it to 100% -.
in the same way, The creators of Bourne took inspiration from here and there, There are chase scenes in a red Mini Cooper that resemble see to kill, in which Roger Moore was driving a Renault around the Eiffel Tower, which was not exactly new for the time. Just as the adventures of Bond and his global network of agents have driven the development of Bourne.
the bourne affair has aged incredibly well and not only inspired new Bonds, but spawned its own franchise made up of four sequels, Despite the fact that two decades have passed, it still offers pure entertainment, fast-paced action and an engaging game of hide and seek. It all begins when a group of Italian fishermen collects from the Mediterranean the body of a man with two bullets in his back but still alive. When the man recovers, he is shocked to find that he has lost his memory.
Already recovered, he lands in Marseille and travels to Zurich, as the implant in his hip gives him a Swiss bank account number. In a locker he found several fake passports, wads of money and a gun. What does all this mean? Thus begins the Bourne saga, in which Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) is a highly skilled, elite agent of the CIA’s Treadstone program.
the bourne affair Available on HBO Max.