We all know his name by now. Jason Bourne returned to our screens for the first time in 10 years with Jason Bourne, with Matt Damon brining back his most legendary role for a fifth time. But just because the movie's been and gone in cinemas doesn't mean we can't celebrate the hero. It's time to look back at the history of the character for all the fun details you never knew, so here are seven facts you didn't know about Jason Bourne!
1. There Are 13 Bourne Books
While there are only five films in the series, there have been 13 books, with the first released in 1980 and the last released in July, 2016. The first three books were written by Robert Ludlum, and the rest by Eric Vann Lustbader with Ludlum's support.
2. 'The Bourne Legacy' Was Totally Different In The Book
Not only did The Bourne Legacy, the fourth book in the series, feature Jason Bourne as the main character, it was also awesome! Jason had begun to work at a university as a professor but was drawn back into action when he was blamed for the murder of two of his best friends. There was no Aaron Cross in the books at all, so you can understand why book readers might have been rather upset about it all.
3. 'The Bourne Identity' Almost Changed Because Of 9/11
That's right, the studio almost tried to change The Bourne Identity after the 9/11 disaster, because they felt that shady organizations who withheld information would only spark more fear in the populace. The alternate ending the studio proposed would have seriously hampered the ability for sequels to be produced, and eventually the studio let the original ending be used.
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4. The Screenwriter Refused To Use The Bourne Books
And speaking of changes to The Bourne Identity, the screenwriter for the film refused to use the plot of the first book, as he felt he wouldn't get enough creative control over it. Therefore he merely took the idea of a former assassin washing up in France without his memory and went from there, leaving, I might add, a great original story behind.
5. Matt Damon Was Not The First Choice For Jason Bourne
In fact, Damon — who had just come off films such as Good Will Hunting — was far down the list of choices for Bourne, who studio execs at the time were envisioning as a much bigger, better built star. Before going to Damon, they were considering Russell Crowe, Sylvester Stallone and Matthew McConaughey, and had been turned down by Brad Pitt, who opted for Spy Game instead. Personally, I'm rather glad it all turned out the way it did!
6. These Films Weren't The First Bourne Adaptation
This is the fact that surprised me the most. While 2002's Bourne Identity represented Jason's first cinematic adventure, a two-part miniseries entitled The Bourne Identity was released on TV in 1988 featuring Richard Chamberlain as the main character. The miniseries was noted for being much more loyal to the book than the film, though the critical reviews were mixed. Nevertheless, it may well have helped make the film a reality!
7. Matt Damon Broke An Actor's Nose During Filming
Proving how realistic the fight scenes in the series are, Matt Damon shattered actor Tim Griffin's nose on the set of The Bourne Supremacy. They were filming a scene in a room that was much smaller than intended. As a result, Griffin ended up being injured after a particularly rough fight scene.
So there are the seven things you didn't know about the Bourne series. Check out the trailer for Jason Bourne below!
Let me know which fact you found most surprising below, and drop a comment if you have any other fun knowledge about the series!