History Film / TheBourneSeries

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* MrFanservice: Whenever Bourne [[ShirtlessScene takes his shirt off]].
* MythArc: The overarching storyline across all movies is about illegal superhuman assassin projects that are controlled by ethically bankrupt American government officials.
* NeverForgottenSkill: Jason Bourne is introduced with having amnesia. However, his memory loss does not affect his combat skills in the slightest.
* [[NewPowersAsThePlotDemands New Skills as the Plot Demands]]: [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] in the first film; Bourne has a ton of skills that help him disappear, beat people up and kill. He doesn't know about most of them until he has to use them; best demonstrated when a couple cops try to arrest him for sleeping on a park bench. A few seconds later they're both disabled and he is standing over them with one of their service pistols, a look of utter bewilderment on his face.



* MrFanservice: Guess who.
* MythArc: the overarching storyline across all movies is about illegal superhuman assassin projects that are controlled by ethically bankrupt American government officials.
* NeverForgottenSkill: Jason Bourne is introduced with having amnesia. However, his memory loss does not affect his combat skills in the slightest.
* [[NewPowersAsThePlotDemands New Skills as the Plot Demands]]: [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] in the first film; Bourne has a ton of skills that help him disappear, beat people up and kill. He doesn't know about most of them until he has to use them; best demonstrated when a couple cops try to arrest him for sleeping on a park bench. A few seconds later they're both disabled and he is standing over them with one of their service pistols, a look of utter bewilderment on his face.
31st Aug '16 4:29:03 AM Saveelich
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The success of the first three films [[FollowTheLeader helped influence the style of many films]], including the gritty direction of the rebooted ''Film/JamesBond'' franchise with ''Film/CasinoRoyale2006'' and especially ''Film/QuantumOfSolace''.

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The success of the first three films [[FollowTheLeader helped influence the style of many action films]], including the gritty direction of the rebooted ''Film/JamesBond'' franchise with ''Film/CasinoRoyale2006'' and especially ''Film/QuantumOfSolace''.
31st Aug '16 4:28:26 AM Saveelich
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The success of the first three films helped influence the style of many films, including the gritty direction of the rebooted ''Film/JamesBond'' franchise with ''Film/CasinoRoyale2006'' and especially ''Film/QuantumOfSolace''.

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The success of the first three films [[FollowTheLeader helped influence the style of many films, films]], including the gritty direction of the rebooted ''Film/JamesBond'' franchise with ''Film/CasinoRoyale2006'' and especially ''Film/QuantumOfSolace''.
24th Aug '16 8:48:21 AM Saveelich
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A [[TrilogyCreep series]] of action films tenuously ([[InNameOnly pretty tenuously]]) based on the [[Literature/TheBourneSeries Robert Ludlum books of the same name]] and starring Creator/MattDamon. It revolutionized SpyFiction for its simplicity and glamourless grittiness (as opposed to TuxedoAndMartini), as well as for having a smart protagonist, globetrotting (with virtually zero CaliforniaDoubling), well-crafted suspense and aggressive action sequences. Jason Bourne is an amnesiac who finds himself with [[ProfessionalKiller super-assassin]] skills and has to stay on the run from former employers and whoever else wants to manipulate him to evil ends. Each movie follows a slightly different story but retains some basic elements of Bourne eluding government custody, killing a fellow assassin with some household implement and going for an innovative and harrowing car chase.

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A [[TrilogyCreep series]] of action films tenuously ([[InNameOnly pretty tenuously]]) based on the [[Literature/TheBourneSeries Robert Ludlum books of the same name]] and starring Creator/MattDamon. It revolutionized SpyFiction in movies for its simplicity and glamourless grittiness (as opposed to TuxedoAndMartini), as well as for having a smart protagonist, globetrotting (with virtually zero CaliforniaDoubling), well-crafted suspense and aggressive action sequences. Jason Bourne is an amnesiac who finds himself with [[ProfessionalKiller super-assassin]] skills and has to stay on the run from former employers and whoever else wants to manipulate him to evil ends. Each movie follows a slightly different story but retains some basic elements of Bourne eluding government custody, killing a fellow assassin with some household implement and going for an innovative and harrowing car chase.
24th Aug '16 8:47:29 AM Saveelich
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A [[TrilogyCreep series]] of action films tenuously ([[InNameOnly pretty tenuously]]) based on the [[Literature/TheBourneSeries Robert Ludlum books of the same name]] and starring Creator/MattDamon. It revolutionized the spy genre for its simplicity and glamourless grittiness (as opposed to TuxedoAndMartini SpyFiction), as well as for having a smart protagonist, globetrotting (with virtually zero CaliforniaDoubling), well-crafted suspense and aggressive action sequences. Jason Bourne is an amnesiac who finds himself with [[ProfessionalKiller super-assassin]] skills and has to stay on the run from former employers and whoever else wants to manipulate him to evil ends. Each movie follows a slightly different story but retains some basic elements of Bourne eluding government custody, killing a fellow assassin with some household implement and going for an innovative and harrowing car chase.

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A [[TrilogyCreep series]] of action films tenuously ([[InNameOnly pretty tenuously]]) based on the [[Literature/TheBourneSeries Robert Ludlum books of the same name]] and starring Creator/MattDamon. It revolutionized the spy genre SpyFiction for its simplicity and glamourless grittiness (as opposed to TuxedoAndMartini SpyFiction), TuxedoAndMartini), as well as for having a smart protagonist, globetrotting (with virtually zero CaliforniaDoubling), well-crafted suspense and aggressive action sequences. Jason Bourne is an amnesiac who finds himself with [[ProfessionalKiller super-assassin]] skills and has to stay on the run from former employers and whoever else wants to manipulate him to evil ends. Each movie follows a slightly different story but retains some basic elements of Bourne eluding government custody, killing a fellow assassin with some household implement and going for an innovative and harrowing car chase.
24th Aug '16 8:45:13 AM Saveelich
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A [[TrilogyCreep series]] of action films tenuously ([[InNameOnly pretty tenuously]]) based on the [[Literature/TheBourneSeries Robert Ludlum books of the same name]] and starring Creator/MattDamon. It revolutionized the spy genre for its simplicity as well as for having a smart protagonist, globetrotting (with virtually zero CaliforniaDoubling), well-crafted suspense and aggressive action sequences. Jason Bourne is an amnesiac who finds himself with [[ProfessionalKiller super-assassin]] skills and has to stay on the run from former employers and whoever else wants to manipulate him to evil ends. Each movie follows a slightly different story but retains some basic elements of Bourne eluding government custody, killing a fellow assassin with some household implement and going for an innovative and harrowing car chase.

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A [[TrilogyCreep series]] of action films tenuously ([[InNameOnly pretty tenuously]]) based on the [[Literature/TheBourneSeries Robert Ludlum books of the same name]] and starring Creator/MattDamon. It revolutionized the spy genre for its simplicity and glamourless grittiness (as opposed to TuxedoAndMartini SpyFiction), as well as for having a smart protagonist, globetrotting (with virtually zero CaliforniaDoubling), well-crafted suspense and aggressive action sequences. Jason Bourne is an amnesiac who finds himself with [[ProfessionalKiller super-assassin]] skills and has to stay on the run from former employers and whoever else wants to manipulate him to evil ends. Each movie follows a slightly different story but retains some basic elements of Bourne eluding government custody, killing a fellow assassin with some household implement and going for an innovative and harrowing car chase.
20th Aug '16 7:07:21 AM Saveelich
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* AnyoneCanDie: Several important characters are surprisingly dispatched over the course of the series. In the first film, [[spoiler:Conklin]] is anti-climactically murdered at the end. In ''Supremacy'', [[spoiler: Marie (a character who survived the entire book series]]) is suddenly killed during a chase sequence. Later, [[spoiler: Danny Zorn, Conklin's right-hand man and one of the few surviving Treadstone agents, is murdered by Ward Abbott. Abbott is later exposed as a murderer and traitor and commits suicide.]] In ''Ultimatum'', [[spoiler:Simon Ross (played by notable actor Paddy Considine)]] is set up to be a main character, then efficiently dispatched by an assassin. [[spoiler: Neal Daniels is set up to be the man who could answer Bourne's questions, but is blown up.]] In ''Jason Bourne'', [[spoiler:Nicky Parsons, after having being in the series the very first one, ''Identity'', finally bites it.]] In fact the only major characters to survive the series are [[spoiler: Bourne and Pamela Landy]].

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* AnyoneCanDie: Several important characters are surprisingly dispatched over the course of the series. series:
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In the first film, [[spoiler:Conklin]] is anti-climactically murdered at the end. end.
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In ''Supremacy'', [[spoiler: Marie (a character who survived the entire book series]]) is suddenly killed during a chase sequence. Later, [[spoiler: Danny Zorn, Conklin's right-hand man and one of the few surviving Treadstone agents, is murdered by Ward Abbott. Abbott is later exposed as a murderer and traitor and commits suicide.]] ]]
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In ''Ultimatum'', [[spoiler:Simon Ross (played by notable actor Paddy Considine)]] is set up to be a main character, then efficiently dispatched by an assassin. [[spoiler: Neal Daniels is set up to be the man who could answer Bourne's questions, but is blown up.]] ]]
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In ''Jason Bourne'', [[spoiler:Nicky Parsons, after having being been in the series since the very first one, ''Identity'', finally bites it.]] In fact the only major characters to survive the series are [[spoiler: Bourne [[spoiler:Bourne and Pamela Landy]].
19th Aug '16 8:01:45 PM Saveelich
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** Bourne or Cross being chased by cops, on foot or by vehicle.[[note]]''Legacy'' combines the two by having the rival killer attack Cross and Marta while they're being chased by the cops and ''Jason Bourne'' has Bond chase the Asset this time.[[/note]]

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** Bourne or Cross being chased by cops, on foot or by vehicle.[[note]]''Legacy'' combines the two by having the rival killer attack Cross and Marta while they're being chased by the cops and cops. ''Jason Bourne'' has Bond Bourne chase the Asset this time.[[/note]][[/note]]
** The ThemeTune "Extreme Ways" by Music/{{Moby}} is played at the end of every movie.



* ParanoiaFuel: In-universe. The American government is depicted to be controlled by ethically bankrupt spies who are capable and willing to assassinate anyone (even their fellow Americans) anywhere for self-serving interests. The worst part? Divine intervention aside, they will always get away with it. This is best shown in the scene where CIA-sent therapists try to kill Marta and make it look like suicide.

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* ParanoiaFuel: In-universe. The American government is depicted to be controlled by ethically bankrupt spies who are capable and willing to assassinate anyone (even their fellow Americans) anywhere for self-serving interests. The worst part? Divine intervention aside, they will always get away with it. This is best shown in ''Bourne Legacy'', in the scene where CIA-sent therapists try to kill Marta and make it look like suicide.



* PragmaticAdaptation: Overall opinion is that they're great movies. The books were written in [[TheEighties the 80's]], with the UsefulNotes/ColdWar going on. This topic just doesn't carry the same impact now. Plus, the real-life terrorist at the center of the book series, Carlos the Jackal, had been in prison years before the movies were ever made.

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* PragmaticAdaptation: Overall opinion is that they're great movies. The books were written in [[TheEighties the 80's]], with the UsefulNotes/ColdWar going on. This topic just doesn't carry the same impact now. Plus, the real-life terrorist at the center of the book series, Carlos the Jackal, had been in prison years before the movies were ever made.



* SerialEscalation: The first movie concerns about an amnesiac man wanting to quit his job as a contract killer. Fast forward to the fourth movie, and we have ever-growing superhuman projects engineered by ethically bankrupt officials in charge of American spy agencies.

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* SerialEscalation: The first movie concerns about an amnesiac man wanting to quit his job as a contract black ops killer. Fast forward to the fourth movie, and we have ever-growing superhuman projects engineered by ethically bankrupt officials in charge of American spy agencies.



## Treadstone - Agents go through a behaviour-altering programme [[note]]involving waterboarding[[/note]] to make them less empathetic. Agents often suffer from headaches and sensitivity to light. Noted in TheBourneLegacy to be inconsistent.

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## Treadstone - Agents go through a behaviour-altering programme [[note]]involving waterboarding[[/note]] to make them less empathetic. Agents often suffer from headaches and sensitivity to light. Noted in TheBourneLegacy ''Film/TheBourneLegacy'' to be inconsistent.



* SinisterSurveillance: The US Government, during operations, has hijacked cameras nearly everywhere, and still can't catch Bourne. Granted, they ''trained him'' to avoid it, but...

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* SinisterSurveillance: The US Government, CIA, during operations, has hijacked can hijack cameras nearly everywhere, and still can't catch Bourne. Granted, they ''trained him'' to avoid it, but...



%%* OutOfCharacterAlert: {{Subverted}}.
19th Aug '16 7:54:51 PM Saveelich
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** Bourne or Cross battling a rival killer. [[note]]Played with in Jason Bourne which has only one main physical adversary, who doesn't fight Bourne until the climax, after the OnceAnEpisode car chase.[[/note]]
** Bourne or Cross being chased by cops, on foot or by vehicle.[[note]]Legacy combines the two by having the rival killer attack Cross and Marta while they're being chased by the cops.[[/note]]

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** Bourne outsmarting CIA field agents and cops in a crowd (starting with ''Supremacy'').
** Bourne or Cross battling a rival killer. [[note]]Played with in Jason Bourne ''Jason Bourne'' which has only one main physical adversary, who doesn't fight Bourne until the climax, after the OnceAnEpisode car chase.[[/note]]
** Bourne or Cross being chased by cops, on foot or by vehicle.[[note]]Legacy [[note]]''Legacy'' combines the two by having the rival killer attack Cross and Marta while they're being chased by the cops.cops and ''Jason Bourne'' has Bond chase the Asset this time.[[/note]]
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The success of the first three films helped influence many films, including the gritty direction of the rebooted ''Film/JamesBond'' franchise with ''Film/CasinoRoyale2006'' and especially ''Film/QuantumOfSolace''.

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The success of the first three films helped influence the style of many films, including the gritty direction of the rebooted ''Film/JamesBond'' franchise with ''Film/CasinoRoyale2006'' and especially ''Film/QuantumOfSolace''.
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