The Bourne Identity

Continuity mistake: In the scene where Bourne is moving up the stairs in the embassy, as he approaches the 5th floor you see the legs and feet of someone either standing, or perhaps an evacuee. In the shot immediately following, the person is gone. (00:21:30)

Continuity mistake: When Jason is viewing the CIA agent from the roof of the building, Jason is standing directly behind the big letters of the name. There's a cut and you can see the agent on the bridge and in the background the building on which Jason should be standing, but Jason is NOT there. If the actor were in this clear shot, he would easily be visible. At the next cut he's back again behind the big letters. (01:36:33)

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Continuity mistake: When Matt Damon is on the boat, his gun shot wounds are on his left shoulder blade in a horizontal line. In the hotel scene when Marie is taking off his shirt, they are diagonal between his shoulder blades. (00:02:53)

Continuity mistake: When Chris Cooper is going to meet Bourne on the bridge, he passes an agent in a wool cap who is facing the street. The shot changes to Bourne looking through the scope, and the man in the wool cap has instantly turned 180 degrees to face the water.

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Revealing mistake: During the Paris car chase scene a van gets knocked over - if you look in the van there is no-one in it. (00:52:45)

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Visible crew/equipment: When Eamon is running away with Marie and his kids, the camera passes behind the car and a crew member is reflected in the trunk.

Continuity mistake: When Jason goes into the bank in Switzerland for the first time, he puts his hand up to the identification plate, and then he takes it off. It reads him and allows him to go in, but the next shot shows him taking his hand off the reader again. (00:15:12)

Continuity mistake: Just after Bourne knocks out Conklin and walks toward the door, his pistol is a totally black Walther P5K. When the door opens in the next shot, it has changed to a black framed pistol with a silver slide.

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Factual error: When Jason asks Marie for the pay phone number in front of the Hotel Regina, she gives him a 7-digit number, 616 2468. A French phone number would be 8 digits, not including the (0)1 prefix. (01:01:35)

Continuity mistake: At the beginning of the film, Matt Damon has a flashing light attached into his chest, then we see it's a big red battery pack attached to a light, at the end of the movie, when he is having flashbacks, the battery pack and the light are not on the wet suit he has on, and the light is not flashing when he was in the water. (00:01:46)

Continuity mistake: Throughout the movie, Marie is wearing nail polish. When Jason and her are talking in the car when he returns from the train station, however, there is a shot of her having Jason's money in her hands. She is not wearing nail polish and her fingernails are longer - someone else's hands or the scenes were shot out of sequence and she had longer nails and nailpolish.

Revealing mistake: Just as Jason is returning to the car from the train station after dumping the bag in a locker, spectators can be seen watching the filming, which was apparently done on the sly and without consent. Nonetheless, the onlookers did notice the film shoot and followed the actors' actions, who are not doing anything in the scene to draw attention to themselves. Watch the black man to the left of Jason in the background, he follows the scene and his head turns as he watches. Then look behind Marie right after that and there are 2 or 3 people watching as well, in the background. This is very visible and very distracting. (00:50:50)

Continuity mistake: When Matt Damon is handed the bank number in the beginning of the movie, his fingers aren't bloody. In the next shot, they are.

Continuity mistake: In the last firefight, after Matt Damon jumps down the stairwell, we are shown a shot at the top of the stairs where there are bullet holes in the wall. If you look carefully, you can see where they have been plastered over in previous takes. (01:47:13)

Other mistake: After Jason rams the man through the railing at the top of the stairs, he puts in a new clip. As he falls through the air, he shoots the other guard once. Then, he puts in a new clip when he rises after the fall. After one shot?

Continuity mistake: As Conklin walks on to the Pont Neuf, the French "associate" watches him directly and then speaks into his collar (a very obvious tip-off as to what's going on). But as Bourne watches this happen, the Frenchman has his back to Conklin, without adequate time to have turned around.


Continuity mistake: After Jason kills The Professor, we see Eamon walking to his car with his children and opening the right side passenger door. We then cut to a shot of Marie and then back to Eamon. His car's boot is now suddenly open as well as the right side passenger door, but we never hear him open it during the shot of Marie. (01:30:20)


Other mistake: In the scene where Nicole is listening to the French police radio, all rack equipment to her right is from Behringer, which is about the cheapest and most unprofessional you can find. A no-budget-limit governmental assassination squad would not save the $300 and buy Behringer equipment. Period. Also, the bass synthesizer, echo/reverb effects and digital crossovers in the rack have nothing to do there in the first place. (01:08:05)

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Continuity mistake: In Bourne's Paris apartment, Bourne takes off his orange jumper and leaves it on the desk. When he kicks Castel over the desk, the orange jumper is knocked to the floor. After Castel goes out the window, the jumper is back on the desk again.


Continuity mistake: When Bourne leaves his Paris apartment, the dead lady's head position changes between shots.

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Marie Kreutz: Do you have ID?
Jason Bourne: [laughs.] Not really.

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Trivia: Both Brian Cox and Chris Cooper's characters are never referred to by name until the end credits.

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Question: During the Greece scene, there is a line strung at the end of the covered area (behind Marie) with several things hanging on it that look like seaweed, pennants, or something. What could that be?


Chosen answer: They are octopii hung up to dry in the sun. A common sight at Greek islands. If you search Google, there are pictures of them. They are humorously mentioned at

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