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The Bourne Legacy – It’s more fun in the Philippines!

ItsmorefuninthephillipinesPhilippines President Benigno Aquino says the filming of the latest "Bourne" movie in Manila will boost tourism and jobs.

"The Bourne Legacy" is the fourth in the franchise, and as I recall the gist of them follow an ultra-tuned US assassin with a heart, who suffers from amnesia.

He hasn't completely lost his memory, because he still knows how to travel all over the world with impunity, adopting a range of disguises, utilising a plethora of techno gizmos, speaks a variety of languages, and has combat skills which would shame Bruce Lee and knocks off his enemies like skittles.

He's like a rogue absent-minded James Bond 00?

Matt Damon who played the intrepid hero in the first three Bourne movies has quit because the original director Paul Greengrass wasn't interested in doing anymore. Indeed, this new production wasn't even written by the original author the late Robert Ludlum, who incidentally wrote the last Bourne book in 1990.

So Matt Bourne or Jason Damon (whoever) has been replaced by some other chap whose name escapes me, but I do know that the new bloke has been joined by Rachel Wiesz who recently married the current James Bond – Daniel Craig – who coincidentally happens to be the 007th screen incarnation of the cool, debonair spy with attitude and aptitude (David Niven played Bond in a 1967 spoof version of Casino Royale).

Daniel Craig seems to be following me around lately. The last time I saw him was in Cowboys and Aliens, a film shown on Malaysia Airlines. Before that I saw him in the last Bond movie (Quantum of Solace) when flying with Royal Brunei Airlines – but because that was a rather strict islamic operator (alcohol free for example) – they'd cut out most of the sex and violence, so there wasn't much left to see and I totally lost the plot. Besides – what's left after all the naughty bits are edited?

As for Cowboys and Aliens, I was definitely on the side of extraterrestrials. His latest offering is "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" which I may get round to seeing the next time I'm at 30,000ft.

Knowing my luck the girl will probably have her tattoo removed, and I'll be left with "The Female with a Flying Fire-Breathing Mythical Beast." The next Bond movie is called Skyfall. (I may stay on terra firma to watch that one).

But back to Ms Wiesz. She you may remember was the archeologist in the first two "Mummy" movies, and said she would definitely not do a third, so it was left to Maria Bello to replace her in "The Mummy – Tomb of the Dragon Emperor". Or perhaps that was "The Tomb of the Dragon Tattoo – Bourne Again"? (Read my "Mummy III" article here).

Rachel reminds me of Keira Knightley who said she definitely would not do any more "Pirates of the Caribbean" movies, but then ended up in the ridiculous travesty "King Arthur" where she was cast as Guinevere – a female warrior of the ancient Briton Pict tribe.

So now we have "Bourne in the Philippines". I do hope the director showcases the place at it's best. There aren't many movie blockbusters filmed there.

Which brings me to an interesting spin on my last post: "The Bourne Legacy – it's more fun in the Philippines!"

You couldn't make it up!


January 10, 2012 - Posted by | Arts, Books, Culture, Current Affairs, Events, Film, History, Humour, The Philippines, Travel, United Kingdom | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,


  1. Hollywood can make up anything and I sure wish this will be a boost for the Philippines.You may of course have to come down to ground level?


    Comment by Spook Moor | January 10, 2012 | Reply

  2. anti-virus

    The Bourne Legacy – It’s more fun in the Philippines! (BARDINESS)


    Comment by anti-virus | February 27, 2012 | Reply

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