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The Bourne Ultimatum  
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The Bourne Ultimatum first edition cover.
Author Robert Ludlum
Country United States
Language English
Series Jason Bourne
Bourne Trilogy
Genre(s) Thriller, Spy novel
Publisher Random House
Publication date February 25, 1990
Media type Print (Hardback & Paperback)
Pages 611 pp (first edition)
ISBN 0394584082
OCLC Number 20320080
Dewey Decimal 813/.54 20
LC Classification PS3562.U26 B685 1990
Preceded by The Bourne Supremacy
Followed by The Bourne Legacy

The Bourne Ultimatum is the third Jason Bourne novel written by Robert Ludlum and a sequel to The Bourne Supremacy (1986). First published in 1990, it was the last Bourne novel to be written by Ludlum himself. Eric Van Lustbader wrote a sequel titled The Bourne Legacy fourteen years later.

A film titled The Bourne Ultimatum starring Matt Damon was released in 2007. As in the 2004 film, The Bourne Supremacy, The Bourne Ultimatum has a completely different plot from the novel.

Plot summary

The novel follows David Webb, alias Jason Bourne, as he works to find his old enemy, Carlos the Jackal, who is trying to kill him. As the Jackal enters old age and his infamy fades, he decides that he will do two things before he dies: kill Webb/Bourne, and destroy the KGB facility of Novgorod, where the Jackal was trained and later turned away. Carlos the Jackal uses a diverse collective of aged men devoted to his handiwork known as "The Old Men of Paris." Webb sends his wife and children to live with his wife's brother, John St. Jacques, in the Caribbean for protection while Webb himself works with old friend and CIA agent Alexander Conklin, and to a limited degree, the CIA, to hunt down and kill the Jackal first. Webb poses as an important member of Medusa (a newer version than the original he was associated with during the Vietnam era) (see Jason Bourne), now a nearly omnipotent economic force that controls the head of NATO, leading figures in the Defense Department, portions of the American and Sicilian mafia, and large NYSE firms. The plan is to use Medusa's resources to contact the Jackal. Webb just misses the Jackal several times, including when the Jackal locates Webb's family in the Caribbean, before Webb stages his own death and convinces the Jackal that he has succeeded. In a final confrontation, the Jackal is finally killed and David Webb returns to his family.


After Ludlum's death, Eric Van Lustbader continued the story of Jason Bourne in a sequel titled The Bourne Legacy. He has also written the fifth, sixth and seventh novels in the series entitled The Bourne Betrayal, The Bourne Sanction and The Bourne Deception, and soon to be eighth novel, The Bourne Objective.

Publication history

  • 1990, US, Random House ISBN 0394584082, Pub date February 25, 1990, Hardback
  • 1990, US, Bantam Books ISBN 0553173421, Pub date August 1990, Paperback
  • 1990, UK, Grafton ISBN 0246125756 Pub date March 8, 1990, Hardback
  • 1991, UK, HarperCollins ISBN 0586064567, Pub date March 28, 1991, Paperback


Up to date as of January 14, 2010
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From Wikiquote

The Bourne Ultimatum is a 2007 film starring Matt Damon. In this third installment Bourne dodges new, superior assassins as he searches for his unknown past while a government agent tries to track him down.

Directed by Paul Greengrass. Screenplay by Tony Gilroy and Scott Z. Burns. Based on the novel by Robert Ludlum.



  • Noah: Noah Vosen.
    Jason Bourne: This is Jason Bourne.
    Noah: I was wondering when you were going to make this call. How did you get this number?
    Jason Bourne: You didn't think I was actually coming to Tudor City, did you?
    Noah: No, I guess not, but if it's me you want to talk to, perhaps we can arrange a meet.
    Jason Bourne: Where are you now?
    Noah: I'm sitting in my office.
    Jason Bourne: I doubt that.
    Noah: Why would you doubt that?
    Jason Bourne: If you were in your office right now, we'd be having this conversation face to face. (Camera switches to a shot of Bourne in Noah's office, breaking into the safe with Noah's voiceprint from the call.)

  • Paz: Why didn't you take the shot?
    Jason Bourne: Do you even know why you're supposed to kill me? Look at us. Look at what they make you give.

  • Newsreader: Meanwhile, mystery surrounds the fate of David Webb, also known as Jason Bourne, the source behind the exposure of the Blackbriar program. It had been reported that David was shot and fell from a Manhattan rooftop into the East River ten stories below. However, after a three-day search, Webb's body has yet to be found.

  • Pamela: You do not have the authority to kill her.
    Noah: Oh yes I do! And you had better get on board.
    Pamela: Noah, she's one of us. You start down this path, where does it end?
    Noah: It ends when we've won.

  • CIA Agent: Uh, sir he drove off the roof.
    Noah Vosen: What?
    CIA Agent: He drove off the roof!

  • Pamela:Listen, people - do you have any idea who you're dealing with? This is Jason Bourne. You are nine hours behind the toughest target you have ever tracked. Now I want everyone to sit down, strap in, and turn on all you've got. That would mean now!

  • Noah: Jesus Christ, Thats Jason Bourne!

Major Casts

Matt Damon - Jason Bourne
Julia Stiles - Nicky Parsons
David Strathairn - Noah Vosen
Scott Glenn - Ezra Kramer
Paddy Considine - Simon Ross
Édgar Ramírez - Paz
Albert Finney - Dr. Albert Hirsch
Joan Allen - Pam Landy
Tom Gallop - Tom Cronin
Corey Johnson - Wills
Daniel Brühl - Martin Kreutz
Joey Ansah - Desh
Colin Stinton - Neal Daniels
Dan Fredenburgh - Jimmy
Lucy Liemann - Lucy

See also

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