This film is based on Robert Ludlum's novel of the same name.
The name Bourne comes from Ansel Bourne, a preacher in Rhode Island, the first documented case of "dissociative fugue", a condition not unlike dissociative amnesia or dissociative identity disorder (multiple personality disorder). One day in 1887 he forgot who he was, started a new life in Pennsylvania under the name Brown, and opened a convenience store. About three months later, he woke up and not only remembered his life as Bourne, but forgot all of his life as Brown... and needless to say was quite confused as to why he was in Pennsylvania.
Matt Damon climbed down the last 30 feet of the building himself, without a stunt double. He said it was "the most gruelling thing I had to do."
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