Sunday, August 05, 2007

Watch your back 007 – Bourne is out to get you

Next time the dinner party conversation stalls, throw in this question: which JB is best, Bond or Bourne? The air will quickly fill with opinion as men – especially men – align themselves with the figure in the tuxedo who suavely introduces himself as “Bond, James Bond”; or with Bourne, the unimposing guy in the fisherman’s jumper who doesn’t have any chat-up lines and can’t even remember his own name.

It’s five years since the release of The Bourne Identity, a film that helped redefine espionage thrillers. Centring on an amnesiac assassin named Jason Bourne, played by Matt Damon, it summed up the angst of a generation searching for an identity.

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