Don't Expect That Bond-Bourne Crossover Movie Anytime Soon : Monkey See James Bond an "imperialist, misogynist sociopath"? One actor you may have heard of certainly thinks so.
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Don't Expect That Bond-Bourne Crossover Movie Anytime Soon

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It turns out Matt Damon is not a big fan of James Bond. Speaking to the Miami Herald, Damon — who clearly has strong opinions about many, many things — talked about the similarities and differences between Jason Bourne and James Bond. Let's let the Herald article set it up:

Damon has acted in several spy movies, including three as discarded CIA superassassin Jason Bourne, and he has developed some very strong opinions on the subject. Do not, for instance, compare that unctuous James Bond fellow to the misguided but moral Bourne.

''They could never make a James Bond movie like any of the Bourne films,'' Damon says scornfully. ``Because Bond is an imperialist, misogynist sociopath who goes around bedding women and swilling martinis and killing people. He's repulsive.

``Steve [Soderbergh, who produced yet another of Damon's spy movies, Syriana] told me that years ago he was offered a Bond movie. He told them he'd do it if they gave him creative control. Absolutely not, they said. They have a formula, they stick to it, and it makes them a lot of money. They know what they're doing, and they're going to keep doing it.''

Hear that, James Bond? You are an imperialist, misogynist sociopath! Also repulsive. If James Bond were a real guy and not a fictional character, this would be a pretty spectacular smackdown, quite possibly setting up the greatest red-carpet fistfight of all time.

Hat-tip to Defamer.