Agent with no name

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German title Agent with no name
Original title The Bourne Identity
Country of production United States
original language English
Publishing year 1988
length 185 minutes
Age rating FSK 16
Director Roger Young
script Carol Sobieski
production Alan Shayne
Carol Sobieski
Frederick Muller
music Laurence Rosenthal
camera Tony Pierce-Roberts
cut Benjamin A. Weissman

Agent Without a Name (Original Title: The Bourne Identity ) from 1988 is a two-part US television adaptation of the bestseller The Bourne Identity by Robert Ludlum . Richard Chamberlain plays the title role of the agent thriller .


An unknown, seriously injured man washes up on the French coast. The “drunk” village doctor takes care of the stranger who speaks different languages in nightmares . Washburn found a microfilm with the number of a numbered account at a Swiss bank in a fold of skin on his thigh . In the village, the stranger, who cannot remember his previous life or his own name, is attacked by strangers and flees with Marie , a young woman who has fallen in love with him.

Since he still does not know who he is, they go on a search for his past. He begins his research at the bank in Switzerland and soon finds himself confronted with even more puzzles. Based on his discoveries and returning memories, he is convinced that he is an international professional killer who was active under the name Jason Bourne . Only Marie, who genuinely loves him, believes in his innocence and convinces him not to give up and to continue looking for the true background. This pulls the two further and further into the web of espionage and terror that led Jason half-dead to the coast of France ...


The film music is thematically based in part on the film music by Nino Rota for Federico Fellini's Casanova .


  • Lexicon of international film : "Extra-long agent thriller, which, however, offers varied and exciting entertainment within the limits of its genre and at the end takes a critical distance from the abundant acts of violence."


By presenting it as a two-part TV thriller, Agent Without a Name should be able to adapt the very extensive development process of the character Jason Bourne in the book as faithfully as possible. So you wanted to make it possible that supporting characters could also be discussed in more detail. To this day, this version is considered to be the closest to the book.


Despite the positive response, no other Bourne novels with Richard Chamberlain were made into films. It wasn't until over ten years later, after the death of Robert Ludlum, that the much freer and more modern new adaptation The Bourne Identity (2002) came into the cinemas, with The Bourne Conspiracy (2004), The Bourne Ultimatum (2007), The Bourne Legacy (2012) and Jason Bourne (2016).

DVD release

  • No Name Agent (May 8, 2003, Warner Home Video)


Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Agent without a name. In: Lexicon of International Films . Film service , accessed March 2, 2017 .Template: LdiF / Maintenance / Access used