The Bourne ultimatum

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German title The Bourne ultimatum
Original title The Bourne ultimatum
The Bourne Ultimatum Logo.png
Country of production USA , Germany , UK
original language English
Publishing year 2007
length 111 minutes
Age rating FSK 12
JMK 12
Director Paul Greengrass
script Tony Gilroy ,
Scott Z. Burns ,
George Nolfi
production Patrick Crowley ,
Frank Marshall ,
Paul Sandberg
music John Powell
camera Oliver Wood
cut Christopher Rouse

←  Predecessor
The Bourne Conspiracy

Successor  →
The Bourne Legacy

The Bourne Ultimatum (Original title: The Bourne Ultimatum ) is an American - German - British action film by Paul Greengrass from 2007 , which is based on the novel of the same name by Robert Ludlum . It is the sequel to The Bourne Identity (2002) and The Bourne Conspiracy (2004) and the predecessor of The Bourne Legacy (2012) and Jason Bourne (2016) in the Bourne film series .

The film won three Academy Awards and grossed approximately $ 442 million worldwide.


The plot follows on from the events of The Bourne Conspiracy . Jason Bourne wants to finally clear up his past as a secret agent. At the same time, the CIA still wants to turn him off, because his previous work as an agent means that he has inside knowledge that could harm the agency - his amnesia is not believed.

To investigate the secret of his identity, Bourne contacted Simon Ross, a London journalist for The Guardian newspaper , who wrote articles about him. During the meeting with Ross, at which Bourne wants to find out his source, the reporter is shot dead in the middle of the busy concourse of London's Waterloo Station . However, Bourne first learns that Operation Treadstone has not been terminated, but has merely been replaced by Operation Blackbriar, which acts in the same way and acts as a Treadstone upgrade. He also manages to take some documents that lead him to an address in Madrid . Once there, he finds the CIA safe empty and hastily abandoned. He meets Nicky Parsons, who was stationed there after her assignment in Berlin . She helps him and suggests that she and Bourne had grown closer before his amnesia. She gives him the name of a man who Bourne recognizes in a found photo as an inner worker of the Treadstone project: Neal Daniels. She says that he is actually stationed in Madrid and that she knows where he can probably be found now. So the two take up the chase.

Deputy Director Noah Vosen, the head of operations of the Blackbriar program, is forced to eliminate anyone who knows about it because of Blackbriar's illegitimacy . His people also find out that the reporter's source is Neal Daniels, and also that he is in Tangier . An agent named Desh Bouksani is hired to take out Daniels, Parsons and Bourne. The agent only manages to kill Daniels with a bomb and is killed by Bourne after a chase over Tanger's rooftops and a subsequent fight. He separates from Parsons and finds a lead in Daniels' legacy that leads him directly to the CIA Deep Cover , the anti-terror agency responsible for Blackbriar in New York . The Bourne Conspiracy ends : Pamela Landy receives a call from Bourne and Landy thanks him for the tape. Landy tries to meet with Bourne.

Bourne breaks into Vosen's office and steals crucial, top-secret documents about the secret programs. With the help of Pamela Landy, the CIA chief of operations from The Bourne Conspiracy , who sympathizes with him , he finds his former training center and gives her the evidence there, which she faxes on immediately. Bourne meets Dr. Albert Hirsch, who was the medical director for Treadstone . The psychologist brings back Bourne's memories of volunteering as Captain David Webb and tries to get him to shoot him. When the killer Paz, who was set on Bourne, arrives, Bourne flees to the roof, but is caught there by Paz. He hesitates to shoot Bourne because he first wants to find out why he was spared him a short time before. Meanwhile, Vosen arrives at the training center and shoots Bourne as he jumps from the tenth floor of the building into the East River . Nicky, who is hiding somewhere in the world, watches a newscast that reports that Kramer, the director of the CIA, and Vosen and Hirsch have been arrested. It is also reported that after a three-day search, no body was found of David Webb, who was believed to have fallen into the river. Nicky smiles knowing Bourne survived. In a flashback, Bourne comes to in the river and swims away.


The Bourne Ultimatum was produced on a budget of $ 110 million.


On May 14, 2006, it was announced that Paul Greengrass would be directing again.

The Universal Studios signed an agreement with the heirs of the author Robert Ludlum , and may now only have the book character. This is to continue the Bourne series, comparable to the James Bond series .

Tony Gilroy was persuaded to write a first draft of the script for The Bourne Ultimatum , but was no longer tasked with completing it. Gilroy's draft script was heavily criticized by Matt Damon.

Tom Stoppard also wrote a draft of the script, but later said: "I don't think a word of it came from my script!"

Paul Greengrass described the character of Jason Bourne shortly before the publication of The Bourne Ultimatum : “ Bourne is a real man in a real world in the pursuit of a mythic quest. What's wonderful is that it's an oppositional story. Is he a killer, or was he made to be a killer? There is an underlying feeling that Bourne is one of us, and he's running away from "them." He's trying to get answers, and he doesn't trust them. They're all bad, and the system's corrupted. To convey that with a sense of excitement in a very contemporary land-scape is great fun. [...] If you opened your door in New York or Paris or London or whatever, you've got to believe that whatever the story it is that Bourne's engaged in [, something] could be happening there. […] What attracts me to Bourne's world is that it is a real world and I think I'm most comfortable there.


On May 26, 2006 it was announced that Julia Stiles would play her role as Nicky Parsons in the third part of the film series, alongside Matt Damon as Jason Bourne and Joan Allen as Pamela Landy. On November 2, 2006, the cast of Édgar Ramírez was known for the role of Paz , for which Gael García Bernal was actually planned.


Pictures for the third part of the film series were taken in England , among other places . In London , the "CC Bar" of the Renaissance Hotel , which served as a restaurant in New York, was filmed at Charing Cross , Charing Cross Underground Station and Waterloo Station . Waterloo Station was closed to the scene of the meeting between Jason Bourne and journalist Simon Ross. Further recordings in England were made in Oxford and Pinewood Studios . In Germany , the recordings were made in Berlin , which in turn showed the locations in the film as Moscow . Filming was also carried out at the United Nations Square and Berlin-Lichtenberg train station .

In Tangier in Morocco , the scene was shot, finds the assassin Desh in Bourne and kills. In Spain , the recordings were made in Madrid , which were also used for the Turin scenes. Paris and New York City were also used as locations . In New York, the Springs Mills Building was also used as the CIA building and the Kaufman Astoria Studios for recordings.

Technical details

The camera types Arriflex 235 and Arriflex 435 as well as the Arricam studio camera from Arnold & Richter Cine Technik and Bell & Howell Eyemo from Bell & Howell were used.

The Bourne Ultimatum was anamorphic captured on 35mm film with an aspect ratio of 2.35: 1. On HD DVD it was recorded in 2.35: 1 widescreen , in high definition ( 1080i ) and in Dolby TrueHD 5.1 lossless or optionally Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 . With the DVD you can choose between the aspect ratios 4: 3 and 2.35: 1 widescreen.

Gross profit

The film grossed over $ 442 million worldwide, including approximately $ 227 million in the United States.


The world premiere took place on July 25, 2007 in Los Angeles . The Bourne Ultimatum started in US cinemas on August 3, 2007 and was shown in German cinemas from September 6, 2007.

A movie poster was released on June 18, 2007.


James Berardinelli wrote on ReelViews that the film was the best of the many "Threequels" released in 2007. It is better than its direct predecessor, but not as good as the first film in the series. The action was "first class," but the film lacked the "heart" and "emotional depth" of The Bourne identity . Matt Damon plays his role again "perfectly" - "largely calmly"; he does not enjoy killing, but neither is he afraid of it. This time Julia Stiles and Joan Allen showed the softer sides of the characters they played - who were not Bourne's opponents, but his allies.

Todd McCarthy wrote in the industry journal Variety on July 24, 2007 that the film was a "swinging" thriller that ensured a constant level of adrenaline for almost two hours. The critic predicted a “fantastic” box office result. The role of Jason Bourne is the "most unmistakable" role of Matt Damon, who identifies particularly strongly with the character played. The “subjective” acting camera work underlines this identification.

The film service judged: “Second sequel to the futuristic-tinged agent thriller, which warns of the dangers of omnipotent surveillance in an intelligent staging and at the same time lets the supposedly omniscient agent search for his soul. Fast-paced action cinema in avant-garde form, which is also a little sick with its perfectionism. "


The film won the 2008 Oscar in three categories : Best Editing ( Christopher Rouse ), Best Sound ( Scott Millan , David Parker and Kirk Francis), and Best Sound Editing (Karen M. Baker and Per Hallberg).

The film was also nominated for a Teen Choice Award in 2007. He also won the Satellite Awards 2007 for best sound editing. There were further nominations for the film editing and the visual effects. The film was nominated for Best British Film at the BAFTA Awards 2008 for directing, cinematography, editing, sound and special visual effects.

The German Film and Media Assessment FBW in Wiesbaden awarded the film the rating "valuable".


A sequel called The Bourne Legacy premiered in New York on July 30, 2012. This was followed in 2016 by Jason Bourne , who was directed by Paul Greengrass and in which Matt Damon again plays the lead role.


The title does not conform to the rules of German spelling, correct would be “Das Bourne-Ultimatum”.

Web links

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