Paris: Top 10 film locations in the Jason Bourne saga


Jason Bourne, strolling the streets of Paris

A walk, but under high voltage. With Jason Bourne, discover the streets of Paris as you’ve never seen them before. A bit like with the Paris guide of the 1000 cult places of films, series, music, comics and novels.

Jason Bourne’s apartment

Still with amnesia, Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) is surprised to see his name on the doorbell of this building and to be recognized by the caretaker. So he hopes to find answers about the search for his past in this apartment. But the tranquillity will be short-lived. In the same avenue, at number 19, is the magnificent Peninsula, a sumptuous luxury hotel which was the temporary headquarters of Unesco from 1946 to 1958.

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Gare du Nord

Jason goes to this train station to hide a red bag in one of the lockers. These have since been withdrawn for security reasons. To prepare for his role, Matt Damon underwent intensive physical training. He even had to learn Kali, a little-known Filipino martial art, in three months in order to make his character more credible.

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Quai Saint-Bernard

Accepting Jason’s offer to pay her $20,000 to take her to Paris, Marie Helena Kreutz (Franka Potente) drives all night long. The amnesiac on the run doesn’t realize how long the trip is and wakes up in the early morning on these quays that also hosted the filming of The Crossing of Paris.

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Hôtel de la Paix (closed)

Chased by policemen, Jason and Marie take refuge in this small hotel to change their looks. This is where their love story begins. The establishment, named in reality Hotel Touraine, has since closed its doors but its facade is still recognizable from the street. Particularly seduced by the Belleville district, the director chose to shoot there in order to avoid the postcard Paris that everyone knows.

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Nykwana Wombosi Palace

The magnificent Baccarat Museum serves as a backdrop to the palace of Nykwana Wombosi (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje). Jason Bourne comes to meet him but the dictator is targeted by a sniper right across the street. It’s about the “professor”, another killer. The Cristal Room Baccarat restaurant, housed right next door, appears on Gossip Girl.

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Au Baroudeur Patient

Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) parks right in front of this business to go to the North Station, just across the street. He’ll be in fourth gear to get away from the police. The actor is a regular of the place since in Ocean’s 12, Matt Damon also shot a scene at this precise location, in front of the entrance of the subway entrance.

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Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) comes to inspect a corpse and enters the Parisian morgue. In truth, the building filmed is the beautiful entrance to the Conservatoire national des arts et métiers, founded in 1794. Together with the Ecole Polytechnique and the Ecole Normale Supérieure, it is one of the three scientific higher education establishments created by the French Revolution.

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Hotel Regina

Marie goes into that hotel to scout the place before Jason executes his plan. The Regina Hotel has hosted the cameras for over 100 films including Nikita, The Deadly Dragon Kiss, and Sagan. Inaugurated in 1900, it has 99 rooms with a wide variety of styles.

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Gare du Nord

In this third part of the series, Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) passes through the Gare du Nord train station on his way to London to meet an investigative journalist. He had already passed through this building during the first opus, La Mémoire dans la peau.

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The Paris guide to the 1000 cult places of films, series, music, comics and novels

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The coolest guide in Paris!

The café of Amélie, the mansion of Untouchables, the jazz club of the finale of La La Land, the Hôtel du Nord of the mythical replica of Arletty “Atmosphere”, the cinema of A bout de souffle, the restaurant of Ratatouille, the quays of the Seine of Midnight in Paris, the secret places of the Da Vinci Code, the grocery store of January in La Traversée de Paris , the Bridge of Inception and Peur sur la ville, the addresses of the spectacular scenes of Mission Impossible 6, but also series Call my agent, Gears, Le Bureau des légendes, Sense8, Sex and The City, Gossip Girl…

Etienne Daho’s Café de Flore, Jay-Z and Kanye West’s hotel in Nas in Paris, Serge Gainsbourg’s Poinçonneur des Lilas metro station, Serge Reggiani and Marc Lavoine’s Mirabeau Bridge, Mc Solaar’s Lyon station…

The places evoked in the comics Adèle Blanc-Sec, Largo Winch, Blake and Mortimer, Michel Vaillant…

But also in the novels of Ernest Hemingway, Victor Hugo, Leo Malet, Daniel Pennac, Marc Levy, Guillaume Musso… you’ll find all the must-see places of Parisian Pop Culture in this new guide.

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By Anthony Thibault

Thursday, October 11, 2018

From the "Casimir generation", Anthony has kept (in addition to a passion for Goldorak) a taste for inventive images, experimentation and curiosity. Passionate about travel and pop culture, he co-founded Fantrippers with Nicolas Albert to share his passion with as many people as possible.

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