Jason Bourne may have a rule against killing – but he’s had to break it a few times. The evolution of the spy movie during the 2000s can be largely traced back to the success of The Bourne Identity. Instead of the over-the-top gadgets and action sequences of something like Die Another Day, The Bourne Identity took a grounded, real-world approach to the genre. The film was a breath of fresh air for the ailing genre at the time, and everything from 24 to the Bond franchise itself would take inspiration from it.

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Author: Padraig Cotter