Matt Damon labels James Bond a ‘misogynist’

Actor says the iconic character 'likes swilling martinis and killing people and not giving a shit'

Actor Matt Damon has called the character of James Bond a “misogynist”, saying that he prefers his action role of Jason Bourne.

Damon recently insisted that he is “totally fine” with the idea of being replaced as Bourne. The actor sat out 2012’s The Bourne Legacy, which instead starred Jeremy Renner as a different character called Aaron Cross. At the South Korea premiere of the franchise’s fifth instalment, simply titled Jason Bourne, Damon admitted he expects his own role will be re-cast eventually.

Speaking to GQ however, Damon was full of praise for Bourne, citing the character’s differences to Bond.

“I like Bourne better than Bond,” he said. “Bourne has today’s values; Bond has the values of the 1960s. Daniel [Craig]’s Bond has upgraded him and brought him more into the present, but, classically, that character is a misogynist who likes swilling martinis and killing people and not giving a shit.”

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“Whereas Jason Bourne is a serial monogamist – and he’s tortured by the things he’s done and feels empathy and compassion for other people.”

“And Bourne would obviously win in a fight,” he added.

Jason Bourne, due out in the UK on July 29, marks the return of Matt Damon’s Jason Bourne after nearly a decade away from the screen. The actor last played the secret agent in 2007’s The Bourne Ultimatum. Watch the trailer below.