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Jason Bourne returns

Posted August 4 into Movies by John Birmingham

I also quite liked this piece in Rolling Stone on the return of the Bourne franchise. I've always liked the sleeping assassin genre. The first line of Without Warning is a nod to it. The Bourne films are the apotheosis of that particular literary trope – although Robert Ludlum would hardly literary.

This piece by David Fear is worth a read for any fans:

No one knew that the War on Terror was just around the corner while folks developed the blueprints for the Bourne movies in the early aughts, or that the talented lad who cried in Robin Williams' hairy arms had an inner MMA fighter lurking within. Play poker against an Oreo-licking, scenery-chewing John Malkovich? Totally. Sweep the leg of a guy with a machine gun who just crashed through a window, crack his limbs and stab the dude with a pen? Did not see that coming.

That's the Identity scene that really sells the idea of Damon as an agile action hero — or more specifically, that his lean, mean, government-trained killing machine could be the template for an entirely different type of action-movie hero, one more suitable to the moment than the traditional steroidal he-man. The Stallone/Schwarzenegger model wasn't necessarily going to cut it now, nor, for that matter was a dapper agent with a martini in his hand and witty quip on his lips. (To say that the Bond films changed tact, and wisely so, would be an understatement.) What was needed was someone espionage-savvy who played dirty in a dirty-bomb age even if he seemed as superficially whitebread as a Midwestern all-state wrestler. Someone smart enough to have read a book and lethal enough to then use that same book as a weapon.

33 Responses to ‘Jason Bourne returns’

w from brisbane would have you know...

Posted August 4
I read an interview with Matt Damon years ago about first getting cast as Bourne. His career was a bit dead. His last couple of movies had not been commercially successful. He was not being sent scripts. He was worried. Then he got invited to lunch with these filmmakers. Didn't think much of it. That's what happens in Hollywood he said, you get invited to lunch. Not much usually comes of it. But they pitched Bourne to him and they seemed keen for him to do it. He was puzzled by their interest. He said to the interviewer, look at me, my face is naturally boyish and a bit smirky. His said his first job after being cast was to stand in front of the mirror and find the Bourne face.

John Birmingham asserts...

Posted August 4
Ha, great story.

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Stephen M. Stirling mumbles...

Posted August 5
God, but I wish the CIA were as ruthlessly omnipotent in real life as it is in the Bourne movies.

NBlob mutters...

Posted August 5
Because the CIA has such an impeccable record of helping, being right and making things better?

Murphy_of_Missouri ducks in to say...

Posted August 5
I don't think the CIA can find their ass with a road map.

Sudragon reckons...

Posted August 5
Isn't that because Russian moles have swapped all the maps?

Murphy_of_Missouri would have you know...

Posted August 5
Most likely.

Like no one noticed the soft spots in the lawn at Langley.

NBlob puts forth...

Posted August 7
It must be odd, significantly & jarringly odd to work in an agency publicly tasked to undertake industrial grade shenanigans. In a Military context sir yessir, but civilian with footy-tipping and the new A04j(15)-Approval of New Form form which is submitted to the form approval unit, not the old A04j(11).

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Therbs ducks in to say...

Posted August 5
I reckon the Bond franchise needs to go back to Fleming's work and re-imagine it in a darker world. Either that or realise that shark jumping is not best practice.

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DarrenBloomfield asserts...

Posted August 5
I bunge (re)read all the Bond books from go to whoa last year. Hadn;t read them since I was a teenager, I was inspired to do so by the excellent "For Your Eyes Only: Ian Fleming and James Bond" by Ben McIntyre (regulars will have heard me bang on about this many time before here at the Burger).\


I was shocked at how *bad* they were,

Any decent (dark or otherwise) Bond reimagining needs to be at least as removed from the source novels as the Craig versions...

Lulu reckons...

Posted August 5
Darren, have you read "The Man Who Saved Britain: A personal journey into the disturbing world of James Bond", by Simon Winder? It's hilarious, while also saying some quite astute things about why Bond appealed to post-war Britain.

DarrenBloomfield mumbles...

Posted August 8
No, but I will. Thanks!

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Rhino would have you know...

Posted August 6
I'm conflicted. I generally like the Bourne movies and Damon as an actor. Seems like a likable dude. I can't decide whether or not he is a major hypocrite for having his career revived, and pockets filled, by playing a character (multiple times) that uses guns, etc., and yet he calls for disarming everyone. I generally let that stuff slide ... but I'm conflicted here for some reason.

w from brisbane puts forth...

Posted August 6
I haven't seen the new movie, but the series does not present guns as a desirable lifestyle choice. Bourne is constantly miserable and the only nice people he encounters do not seem to be carrying a weapon.

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HAVOCK21 puts forth...

Posted August 6
real WTF.

'but the series does not present guns as a desirable lifestyle choice. Bourne is constantly miserable and the only nice people he encounters do not seem to be carrying a weapon."

There a lot of people in TEXAS and elsewhere that would really fucking disagree! IF FACT!...One of my most hapiest and recurring fkn events is when I have a GUN IN MY HAND!!!......BOTH for those with dirty moinds and Killing bambi and ducks and I would wger FKN BAD GUYS!.

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Murphy_of_Missouri reckons...

Posted August 8
Aside from lifeguarding saves the closest Zen moments I've ever had come from time spent with an M-16 or some other type of weapon.

Frankly, I think Damon is a first rate hypocrite. Then again, he isn't alone in Hollywood in that regard.

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LCC mutters...

Posted August 12
JB... my heart swoons a little just writing your initials!! I lived for Felafel and just caught the news about 66 York Street.

That book was such a gem in every way. I still live in Brisbane and often think of its various characters. Thanks for having the balls to get it out there.

Also.. just wondering JB, had you ever had time for The Sopranos etc?

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Bondiboy66 mutters...

Posted August 12
I do enjoy the Jason Bourne movies...but every time I see Matt Damon on a screen or in print I instantly think of Team America - World Police.

Jon swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted August 13
"I'm so wonely" damn you now I have to watch that again!

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Rhino ducks in to say...

Posted August 15
I know that this blog isn't a money generator and I'm damned glad JB is busy, busy with paying gigs. But, I'm a spoiled Rhino. Anyone else feeling JB withdrawal symptoms?

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Murphy_of_Missouri swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted August 15
You are not alone, Rhino.

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Dave W reckons...

Posted August 15
Testify, Rhino.

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FormerlyKnownAsSimon ducks in to say...

Posted August 15
there is a lot of derp out there taking up his attention methinks. Trump, derps dressing like a bunch of footy players for a theme night on the turps (turpsderps) and sermon bombing a church (turps derps at church), Trump, and Trump. Plus that story from a couple of weeks ago about zombie nazi reindeer rising from the melted depths of the siberian tundra has got to take anyone's attention . . . . . okay maybe not nazi but it was from 1941!

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NBlob mumbles...

Posted August 15
Rumour Control.

1. JB is not quelling a Bunny uprising.

2. He is not consulting with Presidente Dueterte re-writing the Phillipino constitution, substituting a time-traveling brown coach for where it currently says ya de ya fair & speedy trial.

3. Nor negotiating a fair price for the Spratleys.

4. He is not competing @ Rio in the Double overhand spliff roll. His competitive days are past. (An irreparable metacarpal blowout in 03.)

NBlob mutters...

Posted August 15
Fkn auto correct *time travelling brown couch *

Dave W asserts...

Posted August 16
Shouldn't have drawn attention to it, N, now it's all I can see and it wasn't noticeable to start with.

Anyway, worst case scenario is that JB has been called upon to ghost write Senator Lleyenholm's memoirs, Liberty For Most, and keeps getting instructed to redraft, but with 'more 'splosions, dammit!'

FormerlyKnownAsSimon reckons...

Posted August 16
Besides - a time travelling brown coach can fit more people in it. Couches can maybe fit 10 max.

NBlob puts forth...

Posted August 16
There is that.

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jason is gonna tell you...

Posted August 16
Where is JB you ask?

Did no one notice the planetary alignment this week (literally not metaphorically). JB is out there planet hopping as part of the research for his new space opera. By now he is halfway to Uranus.

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w from brisbane would have you know...

Posted August 16
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NBlob mutters...

Posted August 16
Sources GLOMAR (neither confirm nor deny) JB was Kevin's fly in The UNSecGen. While some contend aledge &/or imply JB wants the slot for himself, others better informed suggest his token is on the Mrs Lee candidacy.

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NBlob mumbles...

Posted August 16
Sources GLOMAR (neither confirm nor deny) JB was Kevin's fly in The UNSecGen Oyster. While some contend aledge &/or imply JB wants the slot for himself, others better informed suggest he is backing the Mrs Lee candidacy, just hasn't worked out how to tell Havoc.

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NBlob reckons...

Posted August 19
Taptap pause tap pause taptaptap.

Either JB is being held prisoner, or the moron tap an apple choir is rehearsing

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