Jason Bourne's OriginsJason Bourne never existed. The original Jason Bourne was a traitor, a drifter from Tasmania, executed on March 25, 1968 by Delta One in the jungles of Tam Quan (see Medusa below). Delta would later take on the name. The Bourne identity was a fabrication. Before there was a Bourne identity, and even before Delta One, there was David Webb.
Bourne's Tortured Past & MedusaAs mentioned, David Webb was a foreign service officer specializing in Asian affairs. He was a multilingual, very bright academic. During the Vietnam War, Webb and his family were stationed in Phnom Penh (the capital of Cambodia), living in a house on the outskirts, near the Mekong River. One Sunday afternoon while his wife and children were down by the river, a fighter plane dropped two bombs and strafed the area. [Note: According to Ludlum's original story, Bourne was the one to find their bodies in the water, making this indescribable experience even worse. However, according to Eric Van Lustbader's "Legacy version" (written over 20 years later), Bourne was away at work when he learned what happened. Hence, he never saw the bodies (especially that of his son, Joshua). This is what enables the entire premise of the 4th Jason Bourne book, the Bourne Legacy. Still, we'll stick with Ludlum's original version.]
Bourne, Carlos, and Treadstone 71After surviving Medusa and the Vietnam War, and having developed a very unique set of skills, Bourne (still Delta One) was recruited by Alex Conklin to join a new, ultra-secret operation: Treadstone 71. Treadstone was created by a handful of American CIA spies, and named after it's training base on New York's East 71th Street. Chief among those spies was David Abbott, nicknamed The Monk (as he was considered the Silent Monk of Covert Operations).
"Alpha, Bravo, Cain, Delta ...
Cain is for Charlie, and Delta is for Cain.
Get Carlos. Trap Carlos...
- Alpha, Bravo (and so on) is the phonetic alphabet used by the US military.
- In the Bourne Identity, the code word for the letter C was changed from Charlie to Cain after the Vietnam War (due to the connotation of "Charlie" which was used as a shortening of V-C, or Viet Cong).
- The Spanish name Carlos is the equivalent of the English Charlie.
- Delta (Bourne's codename in Medusa) would now become Cain, as he moved to Europe to antagonize the Jackal.
- And just as Cain replaced Charlie in the phonetic alphabet, so Cain (Bourne's adopted codename, after moving from Asia to Europe) would replace Carlos.
- The rest is fairly straightforward (get, trap, and kill Carlos).
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Jason Bourne’s AmnesiaDuring a mission-gone-wrong on a boat in the Mediterranean, Bourne is shot numerous times in the body and head. He is found unconscious, clutching a piece of floating driftwood, by French fishermen, who deliver him, nearly dead, to an alcoholic British doctor. Over the next many weeks, Jason Bourne begins to recover physically, yet he has no memory of his past. He is merely known as the Patient, or the Man without a name. His training, however, has left him with certain “hard-wired” skills. He is multilingual, he is extremely resourceful and cunning, and he is deadly.
I'll take him, Marie! I swear 'I'll take him and we'll have our life again. It's David and I love you so! I need you so!
Stop it! There are no people, only objectives. No emotions, only targets and kills and men to be eliminated who stand in the way. I have no use for you, Webb. You're soft and I despise you. Listen to Delta - listen to Jason Bourne!
Jason Bourne, taking control from David Webb (The Bourne Supremacy).