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Jason Bourne in Switzerland

Matt Damon in The Bourne Identity (2002).


Matt Damon as Jason Bourne, ex-CIA assassin on the run

Zurich, Winter 2002

Film: The Bourne Identity
Release Date: June 14, 2002
Director: Doug Liman
Costume Designer: Pierre-Yves Gayraud


The Bourne Identity was the first installment of what became a very successful trilogy starring Matt Damon as amnesiac government assassin Jason Bourne. The source material was a 1975 book by Robert Ludlum that was also about an amnesiac government assassin named Jason Bourne. After that, the similarities pretty much end – the names are still there, but the tone, story, and plot are incredibly different.

Giving a boost to the spy genre, this first Bourne flick set a foundation not only for its equally successful sequels, but several other movies as well. Continue reading