Matt Damon vs. James Bond

Here’s a shocker:

Hollywood star Matt Damon has dismissed James Bond as being stuck in the past.

The actor, who appears in the Bourne thrillers, said: “The Bond character will always be anchored in the 1960s and in the values of the 1960s.”

He goes on to say that Jason Bourne, the character he played in the Bourne movies “doesn’t have the support of gadgets, and he feels guilty for what he’s done.”

To that I have to say…. DUH!  

Exactly what is he criticizing here?  We have two completely different kinds of characters:   Bond is sent on missions (usually) and takes care of some over the top bad guy saving the world doing it.   Jason Bourne is on a mission to find out what the heck someone did to him, trying to get revenge for what those people did, and to shut them down.

Let’s face it here:   James Bond movies are SUPPOSED to be over-the-top fantasies.   Nothing Jason Bourne could do in a movie would remotely involve the things Bond does:  The Women, The Gadgets, The Villians, The Plans To Take Over The World.   Jason Bourne is SUPPOSED to be a guilt-ridden ex-spy with vengeance on the brain.

I’m not sure what he’s saying here.   Is he actually trying to say that Bourne is better than Bond because Bourne feels guilty?

This is like saying Star Wars was a bad movie because Battlestar Galactica has characters that feel bad about what they’ve done.