The Jason Bourne movies redefined action films in the early 2000s. Their fights were realistic, inventive, and visceral in a way that put the audience in the middle of the action. But the key to the thrills wasn't just style, it was the clever and resourceful way Bourne used his environment to dispatch his foes. The best Bourne takedowns were fast, efficient, and used his environment in unexpected ways.
Whether he was taking down cops, assassins, or mislead CIA agents, Bourne was a force to be reckoned with. Even if you shot him, he'd steal a car and find you while performing field surgery on himself. He may be the good guy, but that didn't mean he'd go easy on you if you deserved to get your face beat in. So, check out Jason Bourne's best takedowns below, and vote up the ones you think are the most bad ass.
That Time He Shot a Guy in Midair While Riding a Corpse
Film: The Bourne Identity
Takedown: At the end of his first adventure, after learning his identity and the nature of his work, Bourne confronts his Treadstone handlers to end their pursuit of him and Marie. After succesfully decimating the Treadstone team, Bourne is trapped on the top floor of a hotel, has to find a way down while a guy with a machine charges up the stairs? So what does he doe? Falls down the middle of the spiral stairs, pulls off a perfect headshot on the guy with the machine gun, and lands on a corpse he's been using to cushion his fall.
That Time He Beat Up a Super Spy with a Magazine
Film: The Bourne Supremacy
The Takedown: When Bourne thinks Treadstone is after him again in The Bourne Supremacy, he goes to talk to the one other member of the program he knows about. Unfortunately, the agent isn't very corporative, and a super spy smackdown erupts in the guy's classically Spartan Munich home. Bourne, frantically searching for a weapon, finds a magazine, and using that a power cord, kills his opponent.
That Time He Owned an Embassy of Soldiers
Film: The Bourne Identity
The Takedown: The CIA gets wind of the fact that Bourne is alive after he stops by a bank in Geneva, Switzerland, to empty his account. He then heads to the US embassy, where security forces are alerted as to his presence, and asked to detain him. When guards try to arrest Bourne, he beats the crap out of them, steals a radio, and escapes a building filled with armed soldiers.
That Time He Strangled an Assassin with a Bathroom Towel
Film: The Bourne Ultimatum
The Takedown: After failing to stop an assassin from killing his target, Bourne has to stop him for taking out his friend Nicky Barnes. Bourne attacks the assassin just in the nick of time, using anything he can get his hands on - including a hardcover book - to take the guy out. Finally, Bourne strangles him to death with a towel in the bathroom.