Friday, August 03, 2007

Bourne is Bond 'with contemporary issues'

Bourne. Jason Bourne.

He may lack the Aston Martin, garotte watch and bevy of lethal seductresses. He isn't quick with a quip.

But the amnesiac secret agent based loosely on the character in Robert Ludlum's trilogy has, over the past five years on the big screen, taken on a new identity: the American James Bond.

Or, more precisely, an anti-Bond.

Bourne is rumpled, could use a shave, and is angry at his government. He'd just as soon kill you with a shoelace as a dagger shoe. He's committed to one woman, and she's dead. You won't catch him with a martini at a poker table; he prefers solitude. He wants to retire from the spy game, but circumstances keep drawing him back into the fray.

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