Matt Damon as Jason Bourne, ex-CIA assassin on the run
Europe (Berlin & Moscow), Winter 2004
Film: The Bourne Supremacy
Release Date: July 23, 2004
Director: Paul Greengrass
Costume Designer: Dinah Collin
By this point in The Bourne Supremacy, Bourne has already witnessed a tragic death, been in a car chase, beat up two U.S. Consulate officials, and stolen an old BMW. The complacent Bourne who, in his own words “got sloppy”, is now replaced by the professional Bourne.
It is important to recognize the parallels of the “two Bournes” used in the first two films: At the beginning of both, he is in a state of relative inactivity. In The Bourne Identity, he is searching for his identity (duh), and in The Bourne Supremacy, he has set up a home for Marie and himself in India. During these early parts of each film, Bourne is in more colorful clothes than usual.
After he is plunged into action (the Paris apartment realization in The Bourne Identity and Marie’s death in The Bourne Supremacy), he switches into his “Professional Badass” attire of long dark coat, sweater, dark jeans, and boots. This look has even become recognized as a common trait of fictional badasses, as noted on the excellent website TV Tropes.
This parallel is even mentioned in the screenplay for The Bourne Supremacy:
And now we see the old BOURNE, in his long black coat, purposely striding out of the building.
What’d He Wear?
After returning to Europe and the traditional Bourne we came to know in the first film, Bourne is back in his “uniform”: a large black coat, sweater, and black jeans with boots.
In Munich, Bourne goes to confront Jarda, an ex-Treadstone assassin wearing his new black overcoat, a knee-length 3-button single-breasted wool topcoat with flapped hip pockets. Unlike the previous coat, this does not have a light brown lining. Each cuff has three non-functional buttons. It appears to also be ventless.
His other staples are there as well: the Tag Heuer Link Chronograph on his left wrist, the black Lee jeans, and the black socks with black Timberland Euro Hiker boots. Also as usual, Bourne wears no belt.
Bourne pairs this with a lightweight dark charcoal gray ribbed long-sleeve T-shirt with a dark navy blue T-shirt underneath. According to Premiere Props, the dark blue T-shirt was made by Dolce & Gabbana.
After the Munich incident, Bourne arrives in Berlin with a heavier cable knit sweater, also in dark charcoal gray, over both the ribbed T-shirt and the dark T-shirt. All other clothing remained the same. According to Premiere Props, the cable knit sweater was made by Ralph Lauren.
This layering is a very efficient way to look good and be active during winter. A large puffy down jacket is unnecessary; if you have an overcoat that just long enough without being cumbersome, layer as many sweaters and T-shirts underneath as needed.
Go Big or Go Home
In addition to being a capable fighter and master escape artist, Bourne is very resourceful. For example, after being shot through the shoulder, Bourne has several objectives:
- Ease the pain in his wound
- Get a car to drive to an address out of the city
- Evade the Moscow police and the FSB agent who shot him
Rather than going to a hospital or a car rental agency, Bourne decides to take an easier path. He goes directly into a supermarket, grabbing a map, a set of rags, and a bottle of Stolichnaya vodka. As a security guard rounds the corner, Bourne whips up the SIG-Sauer P225 from his right pocket, disarms and knocks down the guard, then exits through the rear. Now he has everything he needs. Time to use it.
A group of taxi drivers convene with their cabs in the back of the store. Bourne takes a mouthful of vodka – the sole time in the series we see him drink any booze – and stumbles up to a cab, opening the driver’s door. The cabbie comes up to him, shouting in Russian: “Hey, get away from my cab, asshole!”
A police car pulls up behind them. Bourne takes it all in: the police car and the approaching officers, the angry cabbie, the contents of his pockets. With lightning speed, he spins around, spitting vodka in one officer’s face and disabling the other with two hits. He then looks up at the cabbies: clearly he is not some drunk and, even more clearly, he is not to be fucked with. The cab is now his.
Bourne shifts it into gear, shifting up as he makes his getaway and opens the map to see where the hell he is going. At this point, two police cars and an FSB assassin in a “borrowed” Mercedes SUV are after him. Most people would focus on the getaway, keeping their eyes on the road. Not Bourne. After pressing the route into his memory, he cleanses the wound with Stoli and uses one of the rags to control the blood. Now, he can worry about getting away.
Although it may not sound like it, Bourne puts safety first, wearing his seat belt throughout the entire chase.
Naturally, the best accompaniment for this action is John Powell’s excellent soundtrack, specifically “Moscow Wind Up” and “Bim Bam Smash”. Although not featured in this scene, “To the Roof” is a personal favorite track from the album.
Where to Get the Stuff
Although stylistically similar to his Paris attire in The Bourne Identity, Bourne’s “uniform” in the second act of The Bourne Supremacy is more lethal-looking and professional:
- Black knee-length single-breasted 3-button wool overcoat with notch lapels, straight flapped hip pockets, and 3-button cuffs
- Heavy dark charcoal gray cable knit crew neck sweater – Bourne wore a Ralph Lauren sweater in the film
- Lightweight dark charcoal gray ribbed crew neck sweater
- Dark navy blue short sleeve T-shirt – Bourne wore a Dolce & Gabbana T-shirt in the film
- Black denim jeans – Bourne wore Lee jeans in the film
- Black socks
- Black hiking boots – Bourne wore Timberland Euro Hikers throughout the series
- Tag Heuer Link Quartz Chronograph CT1111.BA0550 with a silver bracelet, round silver bezel, and black face
Bourne’s weapon of choice throughout The Bourne Supremacy is a SIG-Sauer P225, a 9×19 mm Parabellum semi-automatic handgun taken from U.S. Consulate agent John Nevins after Bourne disarmed him and knocked him unconscious in Naples. Bourne had previously carried a P225 in The Bourne Identity after disarming two Swiss policemen in a park. He quickly disassembled the pistol, showing familiarity and comfort with the weapon.
The P225 was a compact derivative of the earlier SIG-Sauer P220, a Swiss service pistol developed in 1975. The P225 was introduced later in the decade, following its predecessor’s example as a double-action recoil-operated handgun. It uses an 8-round magazine of 9×19 mm Parabellum ammunition and found use among many police and military forces, including the Swiss Army and several American police departments.
Do Yourself A Favor And…
Buy the movie.
A week ago, I was 4,000 miles away, in India, watching Marie die. They came for me, and they killed her instead. This ends now.
In the Background section, I mention the screenplay for The Bourne Supremacy. The full script can be found here.