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Paul Greengrass: 'People Identify More with Bourne than Bond'

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Mar 14, 2006 | 11:34am EST

Director Paul Greengrass insists his Jason Bourne movies offer a more lasting legacy than the James Bond franchise, because the audience identifies more closely with Matt Damon's action hero.

The moviemaker is just starting work on the series' third movie, The Bourne Ultimatum, and is flattered 007 producers are making a conscious effort to transform the suave superspy into a grittier character.

He says, "Well, you know what they say? Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. That's honestly what I think. I think there's a big difference between James Bond and Jason Bourne.

"I think James Bond is the secret agent who likes being a secret agent and likes killing people. He's a misogynist, an old-fashioned imperialist, and Jason Bourne is an outsider on the run and he's one of us and he's fighting against them, I think. That's the profound difference, and that's why I like Bourne."

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