He loses his memory, yet knows how to kill a man. It's the Bourne Identity trivia quiz.


By: Julie Medina

4 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

He has no memory of his own identity. He retains his fluency in several languages. His advanced combat skills are a reflex. The race is on to discover who he is and who his enemies are, before they kill him.

Who plays Jason Bourne?

The CIA’s most dangerous operative, Jason Bourne, is portrayed by Matt Damon, an actor, film producer, and screenwriter. He has also starred in most of the other Bourne franchise films. He is ranked among Forbes magazine's most bankable stars and is one of the highest-grossing actors of all time.


Who wrote the novel by the same name?

Robert Ludlum, an American author of 27 thriller novels, is best known as the creator of Jason Bourne from the original The Bourne Trilogy series. Robert Ludlum died while the film was in postproduction, on March 12, 2001.


What is the name of the secret CIA cell?

The secret CIA cell Treadstone is inspired by the real-life secret CIA cell, The Enterprise, which organized the Iran-Contra affair. The character of Conklin is based on Oliver North, while Ward Abbott is a combination of John Poindexter and Robert McFarlane. Did you know several different endings were considered? One has all the Treadstone assassins converge on Bourne, who is aboard a cargo ship. A pursuit plays out through the hold of the ship.


Where is Jason Bourne found?

Italian fishermen rescue an unconscious man floating adrift in the water. Did you know the opening scene of the unconscious Jason Bourne rescued from the Mediterranean by a fishing crew was not filmed in the ocean? It was filmed with a boat tied to the harbor of Imperia, on the coast of northwest Italy in the Liguria region. The raging storm was added digitally.


What does the skipper pull out of Jason Bourne’s hip and back?

When the skipper examines Bourne, Jason has two gunshot wounds in his back. The skipper removes those and then finds something else under Jason’s hip. It is a tiny laser projector that, when activated, gives a number to a safe deposit box in Zürich. Although he is heading to Zurich, the film location city is Prague.


Besides learning he can easily sleep on a park bench, what does he learn when the Swiss police wake him?

Bourne discovers he has fearsome combat skills when a couple of Swiss cops hassle him for sleeping on a park bench. Do you want to visit where that scene was filmed? The park is Prague’s Kampa Park on Kampa Island, alongside Certovka stream, south of Charles Bridge.


What does Bourne discover in his safe deposit box?

Bourne opens his safe deposit box to reveal a large sum of money in various currencies, along with numerous passports and identity cards with his picture on them, and a handgun. Jason takes everything but the gun and leaves, opting to use the name on the American passport, Jason Bourne. The gun that Bourne finds in the safety deposit box at the Gemeinschaftsbank in Zurich is a SIG-Sauer SIG Pro SP2009 (9mm) pistol.


How is Treadstone tipped off that Bourne is alive and well?

After Bourne's departure, a bank employee contacts Operation Treadstone, a CIA black ops program. Treadstone's head, Alexander Conklin, immediately activates three agents to take down Bourne, while also issuing alerts to local police to capture him. Alexander Conklin is portrayed by Chris Cooper, known for his roles in American Beauty, October Sky, Seabiscuit, Capote, The Kingdom, The Town and the miniseries Lonesome Dove.


Conklin’s boss, CIA Deputy Director Ward Abbot, asks Conklin if Treadstone was involved with a failed assassination attempt of who?

CIA Deputy Director Ward Abbott asks Conklin if Treadstone was involved with a failed assassination attempt of an exiled African dictator, Nykwana Wombosi. Conklin promises Abbott that he will deal with the Treadstone agent who failed. Nykwana Wombosi is portrayed by Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, an English actor and former fashion model. He is best known for his roles in The Mummy Returns, Mr. Eko on Lost, and Simon Adebisi on Oz, as well as his roles in Game of Thrones and Concussion, and Killer Croc in Suicide Squad.


Where does Bourne escape to when he notices the local Swiss police following him?

Bourne attempts to evade the Swiss police by using his U.S. passport to enter the American Consulate. The guards at the consulate stop the Swiss police from entering. He overhears a German woman complaining about the inefficiency of the consulate and how she doesn’t have any money because of it. The "US Embassy," at which Bourne first meets Marie Kreutz, was a defunct branch of HypoBank about to be redeveloped as a luxury hotel.


Bourne, with his ragged fisherman’s sweater and red duffel bag full of passports and money, is told to stop by the consulate guards. What happens next?

He kills and disarms many security guards, then evades capture by hanging by his fingertips from the roof, then making his way down using the bricks and window ledges on the building’s exterior. Once at ground level, he retrieves the red bag he dropped. Matt Damon climbed down the last 30 feet of the building himself, without a stunt double. He called it "the most grueling thing I had to do."


How much is Bourne willing to pay to be driven to Paris?

Bourne makes conversation with the German woman from the American Embassy and asks if she will drive him to an address in Paris, listed on his French driving license. The German woman, Marie Kreutz, is portrayed by Franka Potente, a German actress and singer. She won a Bavarian Film Award for Best Young Actress in After Five in the Forest Primeval. Potente also received Germany's highest film and television awards for her performances in Run Lola Run and the television film Opernball. After half a decade of critically acclaimed roles in German films, Potente went on to land the role of Barbara Buckley in Blow.


What kind of dramatic entrance did the other CIA Treadstone assassin make into Bourne’s apartment?

At the apartment, Bourne hits redial on the phone and reaches a hotel. He finds out a "John Michael Kane" had been registered but died two weeks prior in a car crash. John Michael Kane was one of the names on Bourne’s passports. While in the apartment Bourne hears something, and suddenly the CIA operative, Castel, smashes through the window and jumps Bourne as Marie watches. The operative, Castel, is portrayed by Nicky Naude, a French and European junior champion of American kick-boxing and Kung Fu. Naude also had a career as a fashion model, then as an actor in Hitman, Brotherhood of the Wolf, and Arsene Lupin.


Who says this? “He went out the window... why would someone do that?”

Instead of allowing himself to be interrogated, Castel throws himself out a window to his death. Marie, who is starting to go into shock, asks, “He went out the window… why would someone do that?” As for the fight scene itself, the type of martial arts used by Jason Bourne is a combination of Filipino Kali along with Bruce Lee's Jeet Kune Do. Some say Krav Maga is used in this film. It is not, as Matt Damon was trained by Kali/Jeet Kune Do expert, Jeff Imada.


What really pushes Marie over the deep end?

Marie finds wanted posters of Bourne and herself in the assassins’ bag. After agonizing, she agrees to continue to help Bourne. Bourne leaves his precious red bag in the luggage lockers at the Gare du Nord, which is a train station. Then, outside on Place Napoléon III, they drive away as the police spot them and give chase.


Who says this? “So...” Marie: “What?” “...we got a bump coming up...”

Would you call several flights of stairs a bump? Jason says this as they are on a high-speed chase through Paris. They roar through Place Vendome, then, in Belleville, Bourne shakes off the cop cars, if not the motorcycles, with a reckless turn right from rue du Transvaal into the scarily narrow Passage Plantin. The “bump” Jason describes is careering down the steep steps at the end of the passage, to rue des Couronnes.


How does Marie change her look?

After evading Paris police chasers, the two fugitives spend the night together in a hotel. The Hotel de la Paix is located on 4 rue Louis Bonnet, at rue de l’Orillon, just to the south of Belleville metro station. The production used the same stunt driving team that worked on the famous Paris car chase scene in Ronin.


Wombosi is assassinated. Who is blamed for his murder?

Wombosi continues to obsess over the attempt on his life, threatening to report CIA secrets to the media. Conklin hires the “Professor” to finish Bourne’s job but blames it on Jason. Conklin tells his boss that it is normal for Jason Bourne to finish his mission before coming back in. Did you know Matt Damon went through hundreds of hours of gun training so he'd look comfortable holding a weapon?


How is Bourne clued in to the idea that something is amiss at the French countryside home?

Bourne asks a follow-up question about the dog of Marie’s old friend, Eamon. Bourne gets Eamon to gather the kids and stay in the basement so he can investigate. Eamon is played by Tim Dutton, a British actor of stage, film, and television. Among his films are Darkness Falls, The Detonator, and Tom & Viv. Dutton had a recurring role in Ally McBeal as her love interest.


What does the “Professor” reveal to Bourne before dying?

The Professor reveals their shared connection to Treadstone before dying. He mentions the headaches and how hard it is to drive at night. And that of course, he is alone. That is how Treadstone uses them. The Professor is portrayed by Clive Owen, an English actor who received critical acclaim for his work in the film Close My Eyes and earned international attention for his performance as a struggling writer in Croupier.


Bourne takes the “Professor’s” phone to arrange a meeting with who?

Using the “Professor’s” phone, Bourne contacts Conklin to arrange a meeting. From a rooftop near the arranged location in Paris, Bourne sees Conklin has brought backup, so he abandons the meeting, but uses the opportunity to place a tracking device on Conklin's car, leading Bourne to Treadstone's safe house.


Who says this? “You're U.S. Government property. You're a malfunctioning $30 million weapon. You're a total goddamn catastrophe, and by God, if it kills me, you're going to tell me how this happened.”

Bourne breaks in and holds Conklin and logistics technician Nicolette "Nicky" Parsons at gunpoint. Bourne asks who he is and the quote above is how that question is answered by Conklin. Nicky is portrayed by Julia Stiles.


When some of Jason’s memory comes back, what does he remember?

When Conklin begins pressing Bourne to remember his past, Bourne recalls his attempt to assassinate Wombosi through successive flashbacks. Jason could not bring himself to kill Wombosi while Wombosi's children were present, and instead fled, getting shot during his escape. Did you know that Brad Pitt, Russell Crowe, Matthew McConaughey, and Sylvester Stallone were considered for the role of Jason Bourne?


Who says this? “I swear to God, if I even feel somebody behind me, there is no measure to how fast and how hard I will bring this fight to your doorstep. I'm on my own side now.”

Bourne announces he is resigning from Treadstone and is not to be followed. When Bourne tells Conklin, “I don't want to do this anymore.” Conklin responds, “I don’t think that’s a decision you can make.” But now Bourne knows who he was and doesn’t want anything to do with that life. Doug Liman, the director, based a lot of the CIA operation's details on his father's memoir. Arthur L. Liman was chief counsel in the Iran-Contra hearings in the 1980s.


How does Bourne distract the agents who are keeping guard of the safehouse, so he can go inside and talk with Conklin?

The car alarms distract the agents and Bourne climbs up the side of the safe house to get inside. He is descended upon by those agents later when Bourne is in the safe house, but Bourne fights his way free. Did you know the director wanted Matt Damon to walk like a boxer? Damon explained, "There was a kind of directness in it and an efficiency about the way they moved."


One of the coolest scenes is Bourne riding what down the inside of the stairway?

He is at the top of the building and needs to get down without jumping the many floors and killing himself. He rides on top of the fat agent he just killed so the agent would break his fall. Mid fall, he shoots the other agent that had him cornered. It was a unique, creative and most-likely-wouldn’t-work-in-reality move.


How does Ward Abbott close the Treadstone operation?

When Conklin leaves the safe house, he encounters Manheim, a Treadstone assassin, who kills him under Abbott's orders. Abbott then shuts down Treadstone. Abbott reports to an oversight committee that Treadstone is "all but decommissioned" before discussion turns to a new project codenamed "Blackbriar."


What happens at the end of the movie?

Bourne finds Marie renting out scooters to tourists on Mykonos, and the two reunite. The small red duffel bag Jason took from Gemeinschaftsbank in Zurich to clean out the safety deposit box, then later gave to Marie when he sent her away, shows up again as a hanging planter in Marie's scooter rental shop.


What is the final line?

Although there were alternate endings, the version released has Bourne tracking down Marie to the Greek island of Mykonos, where she’s running a scooter rental business at Sea Satin Market in Little Venice, beneath the island’s famous windmills. This is where the scene was filmed.


What is the body count for Bourne?

Due to Bourne’s lack of confidence in his ability with guns, he leaves one gun in the safe deposit box. Although he took a gun off the Swiss policeman, he threw it away immediately. He found the rifle in the French Countryside home to kill the other assassin and never took it with him. Others, he killed with his hands or a spare pen. Once counted, you’ll find there were eight people in all.


What did the critics think of the film?

The film received positive reviews. The film review collection website, Rotten Tomatoes, gave the film an 83% approval rating, based on 185 reviews collected, and an average score of 7/10. The site's consensus reads "Expertly blending genre formula with bursts of unexpected wit, The Bourne Identity is an action thriller that delivers—and then some."


What did the fans think of the film?

The audience gave it an 93% on Rotten Tomatoes. On a budget of $60 million, Borne Identity earned $214 million in box office sales. It was a huge financial success. Plus, it earned many accolades.


Which of these awards did the film, Borne Identity, receive?

Besides all the above, the soundtrack won an ASCAP Award. The score for the Bourne Identity was composed by John Powell. Powell was bought in to replace Carter Burwell, who had composed and recorded a more traditional orchestral score for the film, which director Doug Liman rejected. Powell needed to create the score on a restricted budget since most of the funds had already been spent recording the rejected score.


What nominations did the Bourne Identity receive?

Besides the above nominations, Bourne Identity was also nominated for the 2008 AFI’s 10 Top 10 lists. The film was originally scheduled to be released in June 2001, but was delayed because of re-shoots ordered by director Doug Liman, including the car chase that takes place in the middle of the film.


Which of these is another film in the Bourne Identity Franchise?

The 2004 Bourne Supremacy is the second in the series, which received a similarly positive reception as Bourne Identity. A third film, The Bourne Ultimatum, was released in 2007 and, like Supremacy, Ultimatum received a positive reception. The fourth film in the Bourne franchise, The Bourne Legacy, was released in 2012. Neither Damon nor Greengrass was involved in this film, but both returned for the fifth film in the franchise, titled Jason Bourne.


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