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July 27, 2007

An imperial adventurer of a particularly English sort


Let me first say I loved the Jason Bourne movies and look forward to the next one, if slightly less than I had. I particularly enjoyed the first one, whatever it was called, and especially the love interest who was later to play the daughter of an Armenian gangster on The Shield. Now that's some fine television. But my enthusiasm for the Bourne films is not unalloyed upon learning Matt Damon believes Jason Bourne is quite different from James Bond. You don't say.

Bond is "an imperialist and he's a misogynist. He kills people and laughs and sips martinis and wisecracks about it," Damon, 36, told The Associated Press in an interview.

"Bourne is this paranoid guy. He's on the run. He's not the government. The government is after him. He's a serial monogamist who's in love with his dead girlfriend and can't stop thinking about her," Damon said. "He's the opposite of James Bond."

I tend to agree. Yet Damon fails to grasp the consequences of his own observation. Babbling Brooks sums up the distinction neatly.

... let's simply look at the morality of the two characters: one uses his unique talents to benefit his country, and the other uses them to help himself. The distinction is important: Bond is to Bourne what the taxman is to the thief, what the policeman is to the vigilante, what the soldier is to the insurgent. Of course, if you don't subscribe to the idea that governments should have a monopoly on violence, that point won't sway you.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at July 27, 2007 06:57 AM


All agreed with flea.

I did by chance try to read the first Bourne book after fully enjoying the first movie (though not contemplating the Damon observations that now sit like a piece of just discovered mouldy bread in my mouth)and found it to be poorly written drivel similar to a Mack Bolan "novel".

Sidenote: My wife is new reading my early to mid 60s edition copies of the original Bond books and is very impressed with the style of the prose.

Sidesidenote: Nice ship (The carrier) though at times the animation seems off scale. I swear the fellow said "ready by 2040" but I assume he meant 2014.

Posted by: Gorthos [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 27, 2007 08:43 AM

Egad I read Damon's interview again.. he is officially in my books, an a$$hat.

Posted by: Gorthos [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 27, 2007 08:47 AM

By 2040 I expect them to be named Al-Sharmoota or some such.

Posted by: Ghost of a flea [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 27, 2007 08:51 AM

And permanently docked in the independent Islamic state port city of Liverpool

Posted by: Gorthos [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 27, 2007 09:36 AM

I'd bet hard cash that Damon would not be able to give one example of Bond's "imperialism", unless you count a Union Jack parachute as "imperialistic".

"Imperialist" is the new "Fascist".

Posted by: dorkafork [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 27, 2007 10:03 PM

(*Overly broad generalization alert*) People like Damon constantly, and I mean constantly venerate anti-government types and spit on those who actually work for the government, and then get offended when people question their patriotism. Feh.

Posted by: dorkafork [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 27, 2007 10:16 PM

He says imperialist like that's a bad thing...

Posted by: Ben (The Tiger in Exile) [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 28, 2007 08:47 AM

That is it exactly. I had intended to write an apologia for imperialism but got sidetracked by events plus 1.5 hours sleep heading in to work Friday morning. I expect the issue will come up again.

Posted by: Ghost of a flea [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 28, 2007 08:53 AM

:) I can't wait to see the new Bourne tomorrow...i hate bond :P

Posted by: ibrahim123 [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 7, 2007 05:32 PM