TF Top 10……Jason Bourne Filming Locations

The self-titled Jason Bourne movie hits cinema screens at the end of this month (in most countries but not Japan of course!) and marks the return of Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass for the first time since 2007. In the meantime there has been ‘The Bourne Legacy‘ (2012); a story taking place at the same time as ‘The Bourne Ultimatum’ (2007) with Jeremy Renner in the main role.

Legacy‘ was fine but didn’t really feel like a Bourne movie, try as much as it did to build a story round ‘Ultimatum‘. It is the original three which are the true heartbeat of the Bourne films and so I have cobbled together ten locations from that trilogy (plus a bonus one from ‘Legacy‘) which were filmed in the likes of New York, Paris, Berlin, London, Prague and Tangiers.

Here then, in no particular order, is the TF Top 10……Bourne filming locations…

1. Bourne’s Paris Apartment @ 104 Rue du Jardin, Paris (France): The Bourne Identity (2002)

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Bourne and Marie arrive at Bourne’s apartment which is 104 Avenue Kléber and not 104 Rue du Jardin as portrayed in the film. It’s here that Bourne learns someone wants him out of the way and he gets caught up in an exciting fight. More details here

2. The SRD Training Facility @ 60 Lafayette Street, New York (USA): The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)

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Pamela Landy (Joan Allen) gives the address 415 East 71st Street to Bourne via coded message. However, this address will not lead you to the place seen in the movie as the now-defunct Family Court Building was used as the secret Treadstone training place. To quote the main man “This is where it started for me. This is where it ends.” More details here

3. Landy’s Office @ 202 East 48th Street at 3rd Avenue, New York (USA): The Bourne Supremacy (2004)

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“Get some rest Pam, you look tired” are the final words uttered over the phone by Bourne to Landy before Moby’s theme tune kicks in and he is seen walking away from this building on 202 East 48th Street at 3rd Avenue where he had been spying on her from. More details here

4. Bourne is shot @ Friedrichsgracht, Berlin (Germany): The Bourne Supremacy (2004)

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Bourne goes to “Moscow” to find the daughter of Vladimir Neski but Kirill, tasked once again with killing Bourne, finds and wounds him alongside this river. Bourne manages to flee though and Kirill is temporarily arrested before a car chase ensues. More details here

5. Bourne guides the journalist @ Waterloo, London (UK): The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)

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Our hero arranges to meet Guardian writer Simon Ross at the south entrance and tries to guide him through the overly-crowded station away from a few hitmen. More details here

6. Nicky exchanges cell phones with hitman Desh @ Café de Paris, Tangiers (Morocco): The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)

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This café, one of Tangier’s most notorious haunts, was at the heart of the action going on around it. It was a popular haunt of spies and emissaries during Tangier’s years as an International City according to IMDb. More details here

7. Classic Bourne police chase @ Friedrichstrasse Station, Berlin (Germany): The Bourne Supremacy (2004)

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Unlike most other films the train doors don’t magically close as soon as Bourne gets on but he does use efficient German timing to his advantage in order to make his escape. He jumps across the track narrowly avoiding an oncoming train and then he hops on over the bridge onto a slow riverboat, hooks himself back on to the bridge and hauls himself up and gets back on the train he’d originally intended to take. More details here

8. Bourne leaves Treadstone @ Pont des Arts, Paris (France): The Bourne Identity (2002)

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Bourne crosses the Pont des Arts and walks away from Treadstone and mysteriously disappears. More details here

9. The “Moscow” car chase @ Tiergarten Tunnel, Berlin (Germany): The Bourne Supremacy (2004)

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As well as actual Moscow, the car chase which brings the second film to a climax was also filmed in Berlin with perhaps the most notable part being the final crash at the Potsdamer Platz exit of Tiergarten Tunnel. More details here

10. Bourne’s first fight @ Kampa Park, Prague (Czech Republic): The Bourne Identity (2002)

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The Czech capital doubles up as Zurich (Switzerland) and a couple of local policemen wake up Bourne from his sleep on a bench by the Certovka Stream near Charles Bridge and regret doing so as they inevitably get duffed up before he runs away through the park. More details here

Bonus: Legacy climax @ Big Lagoon, El Nido, Palawan (Philippines): The Bourne Legacy (2012)

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Aaron Cross (Jeremy Renner) and Dr. Marta Shearing (Rachel Weisz) sail away at the end of the movie after the latter persuaded a Filipino boatman to help them escape.

About tokyofox

A Leicester City fan teaching English in Japan
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2 Responses to TF Top 10……Jason Bourne Filming Locations

  1. When will you come to Las Vegas so I can show you were Matt and I filmed our scene for the upcoming film?

    • tokyofox says:

      Having already been to Vegas I am just hoping and praying that I already have similar shots on my hard drive somewhere! Doesn’t come out till October here but I guess a mega star like you can send me an advance copy!!

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