The Bourne movies are back on HBO and I'm reminded that these movies did a grave disservice to the literary character of Jason Bourne's wife, Marie St Jacques. In the books, Marie is the brains of the operation as Bourne is too carefully programmed to effectively investigate his identity. She is a brilliant economist and Canadian diplomat who saves Jason's bacon more often than he saves her. As the novels progress, Marie marries Bourne and they have two children. She continues to support Bourne's missions with intel from home base. In the movies, she's an aimless drifter who's relatively overmatched by circumstances and is merely added to the carnage early in the second installment. Some argue that the feats of deduction that assemble an assassin's biography, (the core narrative of the novel), would play less well than karate with a rolled-up newspaper on screen. Maybe. But Bourne is also stripped of the dynamic that makes him more than the cinematic killing machine. Marie's character is why Jason Bourne is teaching linguistics at Georgetown- healing, progressing, discovering new loyalties that sustain 12 literary installments of interest in Bourne's story, while the static brute of the movie versions get uninteresting by the third story.
I'd like to see a more faithful adaptation of the original Bourne Trilogy, set in the 1980s, something like a 12 part Netflix series might be the best venue. Casting? I think Julia Stiles would be great as Marie....try Tom Hardy as Bourne.