Damon back as Bourne: JB vs. JB

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Matt Damon TOLD E! ONLINE that he’s returning to the role of Jason Bourne with Paul Greengrass again directing.

The movie would be made next year for a 2016 release, according to the E! Online interview. Does that mean we’ll once again get some James Bond “trash talk”?

Damon made three Bourne movies from 2002 to 2007: The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum. The latter two were directed by Greengrass.

In the 2000s, Damon wasn’t shy about criticizing Bond. For example, there’s this 2009 quote from a Miami Herald interview via The Huffington Post.

Damon called Bond an “imperalist, misogynist who goes around swilling martinis and bedding women and killing people. He’s repulsive.” He made almost identical comments in 2007 (also using the “imperalist” and “misogynist” gibes), ACCORDING TO THE DAILY MAIL.

At one time, Bourne was very much on the minds of the makers of James Bond movies. THE NEW YORK TIMES in October 2005 quoted executives it didn’t identify that “the model” for recasting the 007 role with Daniel Craig was the Bourne films.

The resemblance between the Bourne movies and Bond came with Craig’s second 007 film, Quantum of Solace. The movie utilized the services of Dan Bradley as second unit director, the same job he held on the Bourne movies. It had a lot of rapid camera movement, particularly in the first 20 minutes, similar to the Bourne series.

Since then, with 2012’s Sam Mendes-directed Skyfall, the Bourne-isms faded. Greengrass interviewed Mendes about Skyfall in 2012.

Bond 24, again with Mendes at the helm, is scheduled for a fall 2015 release. So it will be out well before Damon’s next Bourne effort. Still, given that Damon is an outspoken actor, it’ll be interesting to see if we hear more from Damon on the JB vs. JB comparison.

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7 Responses

  1. as it goes, the news is out. matt damon return’s as beloved character Jason bourne. good news for his fan’s. however passing remark’s about a superior secret service agent like james bond, and the films will not give damon’s bourne character the edge. however this news reminds me of sir sean connery’s return in ‘diamonds are forever’ which was only one film. I hope damon’s deal isn’t one only film leaving the fan’s wanting more. while the iconic james bond is for ever

  2. What happened to Jeremy Renner as Aaron Cross?

  3. Renner will continue as Cross in his own movies.

  4. Thank goodness.

  5. […] it’s too early to write off grim and gritty. Matt Damon is planning to do a fourth Bourne film that is supposed to be released in […]

  6. Reblogged this on jose's space and commented:
    Bourne was misogynist & that is why his past sin takes Marie away in the Bourne Supremacy. Bourne was a killer who broke finally from his evil.

  7. […] Broccoli once inquired whether the director would be interested in a 007 film. Meanwhile, Damon has criticized the Bond character in the […]

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