Bourne Or Bond?

by The New Republic Staff, The New Republic Staff | July 25, 2007

The third Jason Bourne movie may be getting good reviews, but this Matt Damon interview is pretty dumb:
Matt Damon's amnesiac assassin Jason Bourne shares initials with another notorious screen operative. But other than that, Damon doesn't see any similarities between Bourne and James Bond.

Bond is "an imperialist and he's a misogynist. He kills people and laughs and sips martinis and wisecracks about it," Damon, 36, told The Associated Press in an interview.

"Bourne is this paranoid guy. He's on the run. He's not the government. The government is after him. He's a serial monogamist who's in love with his dead girlfriend and can't stop thinking about her," Damon said. "He's the opposite of James Bond."
Then Bourne director Paul Greengrass said this:
"[Bond]'s an insider. He likes being a secret agent. He worships at the altar of technology. He loves his gadgets. And he embodies this whole set of misogynistic values," Greengrass said. "He likes violence. That's part of the appeal of the character. He has no guilt. He's essentially an imperial adventurer of a particularly English sort.

"Personally, I spit on those values.
Ugh. Could this be any more self-important? You guys have made three spy movies with no character development! --Isaac Chotiner

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