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Since Ludlum's Bourne Identity was published in 1980, it's logical to assume a cinematic adaptation wouldn't be too far behind. While a made-for-tv film was produced in 1988, but it would be another decade before it got the big-budget Hollywood treatment. If The Bourne Identity was greenlit in the 1980s, it would need a powerful cast of characters to make it work. Thankfully, they were in great supply in that decade.