A few weeks back, I’d read this news article where Matt Damon talks about Bond. There is no doubt in my mind that Bourne is the deadliest and most lethal of all the spies. Ever. I’ve read the books by Ludlum (in fact, they’re the only books I’ve read, I think), and I understand Bourne. When I first read the Bourne Identity, I thought Ludlum had named the character Jason Bourne so that the initials would match with James Bond’s. But the reality is, these two characters couldn’t be any more different. Bourne will kill Bond before Bond can even think of whipping out a euphemism.
So I decided to draw out a comparison chart. GD thought that Batman should be compared as well, because Batman is not a superhero, per se – he doesn’t have any supernatural talents.
|Supernatural superpowers||No||No (unless you count womanizing)||No||No||None|
|Weapons||No (unless stolen)||Yes||Mostly yes||Yes||Bond|
|Wheels||Umm, no(unless stolen)||Yes||Maybe||Yes – duh, the Batmobile||Tie : Bond & Batman|
|Age||Unknown||Always in his mid-40s||mid-30s||Always in his mid-30s||None|
|Works Alone||Yes||Yes||Maybe||Yes & No (Robin)||Bourne|
|Works for someone||No||Yes||Yes||No||Bond|
|Inspiration||Yes (revenge)||No (Gov’t initiatives)||No||Yes (avenge)||Batman|
|International Abilities||Yes||Yes||No (none that I know of)||No||Tie : Bourne & Bond|
|World Saver||No||Yes||Yes||No (mostly just Gotham)||Bond|
|Regular fist fight with anyone (no weapons)||Bourne|
|Crazy Villains||No (unless you count the CIA)||Yes||Yes||Yes||Batman|
|Attire||No||Yes||Maybe||Yes (Bruce Wayne & Batman)||Bond|
|Smarts||Yes||Umm, yes, I guess||Maybe||Yes||Bourne|
Clearly, according to this table, Bond wins overall, which I guess makes him a more “well-rounded” character. But Bourne could kill you with his thumb.
Who is your favorite and why?
PS: You’re wrong, GD.