The Bourne Identity, 2002
visit the film locations
Paris flights: Paris Charles de Gaulle International Airport
Stay: Hotel Regina, 2 Place des Pyramides,(tel : +33 (0)126.96.36.199.10) (Métro: Tuileries; Pyramides)
The Bourne Identity filming location: Bourne traces his alter ego: Hotel Regina, Place des Pyramides, Paris
It’s back to the Czech Republic for the ‘French’ farmhouse, where the couple bring trouble to a family when they're targeted by The Professor, which is in the village of Suchdol, not far from Ruzyne, Prague’s international airport.
Bourne discovers that his alter ego, John Michael Kane, has been staying at the Hotel Regina, 2 Place des Pyramides, facing the Louvre (Métro: Tuileries; Pyramides), where Marie goes on a recce into the hotel’s grand lobby.
The Bourne Identity filming location: Marie tells Bourne she’s got Kane’s details: Jardin des Tuileries, Paris
It’s in the Jardin des Tuileries opposite, that Marie reveals that – without any of Bourne’s elaborate planning – she’s managed to get Kane’s phone records from the desk clerk.
The Bourne Identity filming location: Bourne follows a lead: La Défense Grande Arche, Paris
Armed with this information, Jason Bourne is able to check out ‘Alliance Securite Maritime’ at the gigantic hollow cube of La Grande Arche de la Défense (Métro: La Défense Grande Arche). The 100 metre tall arch, built in 1989 west of the city, is the centre of Paris’s business district. Glass-sided lifts will whizz you to the top of the Arch (tickets €9), where there’s a great view to the Arc de Triomphe, a restaurant, gift shop, a museum of computers (mysteriously) and not a lot else.
The Bourne Identity filming location: Bourne sets up a meeting with Conklin: Samaritaine building and the Pont Neuf, Paris
The bridge on which Bourne sets up a meeting with Treadstone chief, Conklin (Chris Cooper), is Pont Neuf, which – despite its name – is the oldest bridge over the Seine. He watches from the roof of the Samaritaine Building. Once a flagship store, this striking building is closed for the foreseeable future while structural problems are sorted out. Pont Neuf is, naturally, the setting for the 1990 romance Les Amants du Pont Neuf.
The Bourne Identity filming location: the Treadstone operation is closed down: rue de Jarente, Paris
The final assassination, which shuts down the whole Treadstone operation once and for all, is on rue de Jarente, behind the safe house.
The Bourne Identity filming location: Bourne walks away from Treadstone: Pont des Arts, Paris
It’s on the Pont des Arts, alongside the Louvre, that Bourne walks away and mysteriously disappears. The delicate wooden bridge is the scene of the failed suicide attempt in Boudu Sauvé des Eaux, Jean Renoir's 1932 classic (remade by Hollywood as Down and Out in Beverly Hills), and is also featured in Amélie.
The Bourne Identity filming location: Bourne tracks down Marie: Little Venice, Mykonos, Greece
Photograph: iStockphoto © Bill Stamatis
Bourne finally tracks down Marie to the Greek island of Mykonos, where she’s running a scooter rental business at Sea Satin Market in Little Venice, beneath the island’s famous windmills.
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