by Oliver Lyttelton
June 14, 2012 2:01 PM 5 Comments
5. The film's actually a remake. Sort of.
The film was greeted as a breath of fresh air when it was released, but few recalled that there'd already been a version of "The Bourne Identity" on screen, albeit the small one -- a 185 minute TV movie that ran on ABC across two nights in 1988. Starring Richard Chamberlain ("The Towering Inferno" "King Solomon's Mines") as Bourne, Jaclyn Smith ("Charlie's Angels") as Marie, and Donald Moffatt ("The Thing") as Abbott, with Yorgo Voyagis, Denholm Elliott and Anthony Quayle ("Lawrence of Arabia") in other parts, the film, directed by TV vet Roger Young and penned by Carol Sobieski ("Fried Green Tomatoes"), it's a much more faithful adaptation of the novel, retaining Carlos as a villain. However, there are some differences -- Carlos is responsible for killing Bourne's wife and children, and in an eyebrow-raising move of "Inglourious Basterds"-esque historical inaccuracy, is killed at the conclusion of the film. It's not terrible, as such, but is a far more staid and traditional kind of spy caper, and certainly suffers in comparison to Liman's film.