Spy Movie Plots Start to Converge into One; New James Bond and Jason Bourne Movies Set to Hit the Big Screen
WITH great fanfare, the new trailer for the next James Bond movie, Skyfall, was released online, fast becoming the second most popular topic on Twitter.
It comes a week or so before the release of The Bourne Legacy, in which Jeremy Renner takes the reins of the Bourne franchise from Matt Damon.
Given that Renner and Daniel Craig, with their rugged, yet ever-so-slightly squashed good looks, are not dissimilar a and given that the trailers for both films are edited with subliminal swiftness a you'd be forgiven for confusing the two.
The love interest for Renner's character Aaron Cross in Legacy is played by none other than Craig's wife, Rachel Weisz.
And, if the Skyfall trailer is to be believed, the new Bond instalment begins precisely as the last Bourne instalment ended: with our hero shot and falling a long way into water, but somehow surviving to fight another day.
Bond, Bourne and the world's third major international spy-movie franchise, Tom Cruise's Mission: Impossible, are steadily converging.
They're all being jolly polite about it, naturally: Paramount's Mission: Impossible a Ghost Protocol, the fourth movie in the series, came out last Christmas; Universal's The Bourne Legacy is arriving at the end of the summer blockbuster season; and Columbia/MGM's Skyfall is due in November.
So we'll never have to find out who'd win in a straight fight: James Bond, Jason Bourne or Ethan Hunt. (I wouldn't fancy Hunt's chances.)
But Bond is becoming a lot like Bourne: The fast-pace and close-combat fight sequences in Quantum of Solace, for example, seemed eerily familiar to anyone who'd seen The Bourne Ultimatum. …