The Bourne Series Timeline

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We don’t always include thriller timelines on this site, but we can’t avoid Jason Bourne! The series exploded into popularity following the first Matt Damon films in the early 2000s. But there’s so much more to the series besides the films. Check it out!

What’s on the Bourne Series Timeline?


This is the Bourne series timeline for all of the Bourne books and films. This timeline includes the following media:

  • The Original Books: The original three books written by Robert Ludlum which formed the basis of the Bourne story.
  • New Books: In 2004 (likely in response to the popularity of the film franchise), Eric Van Lustbader wrote Bourne Legacy which kicked off an ongoing series of new books set in the Bourne universe.
  • The Films: The Bourne films adapted the first four books, then went in a new direction. They are included here for now, though may become their own timeline in the future.

Even though the film adaptations are considerably different than the books, I’ve included them after the novels in this timeline, as I find watching the adaptation of the book to be very informative on the creative process. Enjoy this Bourne reading/viewing order.

Where Should I Start Reading the Bourne Timeline?

Obviously if you want to read the books, you should start at the beginning with Bourne Identity. While many thrillers can be read in any order, you should at least read the first few to get started.

That being said, the films are another great place to start if that’s more your style. They’re a great way to get into the franchise if you’re on the fence about reading the books.

#Get ItNameMediaAuthor/DirectorDateSeriesNotes
1Bourne IdentityNovelRobert Ludlum1980-02-01Original Era
2Bourne IdentityFilmDoug Liman2002-06-14Original EraFilm adaptations differ somewhat from the books.
3Bourne SupremacyNovelRobert Ludlum1986-02-11Original Era
4Bourne SupremacyFilmPaul Greengrass2004-07-23Original Era
5Bourne UltimatumNovelRobert Ludlum1990-02-25Original Era
6Bourne UltimatumFilmPaul Greengrass2007-08-03Original Era
7Bourne LegacyNovelEric Van Lustbader2004-06-22New Era
8Bourne LegacyFilmTony Gilroy2012-08-10New Era
9Jason BourneFilmPaul Greengrass2016-07-29New EraOriginal film, not adapting the novels.
10Bourne BetrayalNovelEric Van Lustbader2007-06-05New Era
11Bourne SanctionNovelEric Van Lustbader2008-07-29New Era
12Bourne DeceptionNovelEric Van Lustbader2009-06-09New Era
13Bourne ObjectiveNovelEric Van Lustbader2010-05-27New Era
14Bourne DominionNovelEric Van Lustbader2011-07-19New Era
15Bourne ImperativeNovelEric Van Lustbader2012-06-05New Era
16Bourne RetributionNovelEric Van Lustbader2013-12-03New Era
17Bourne AscendancyNovelEric Van Lustbader2014-06-10New Era
18Bourne EnigmaNovelEric Van Lustbader2016-06-21New Era
19The Bourne InitiativeNovelEric Van Lustbader2017-06-13New Era
20"The Cicada Protocol"TV EpisodeRamin Bahrani2019-09-24Treadstone
21"The Kwon Conspiracy"TV EpisodeAlex Graves2019-10-22Treadstone
22"The Berlin Proposal"TV EpisodeAlex Graves2019-10-29Treadstone
23"The Kentucky Contract"TV EpisodeBrad Anderson2019-11-05Treadstone
24"The Bentley Lament"TV EpisodeBrad Anderson2019-11-12Treadstone
25"The Hades Awakening"TV EpisodeWayne Yip2019-11-19Treadstone
26"The Paradox Andropov"TV EpisodeWayne Yip2019-11-26Treadstone
27"The McKenna Erasure"TV EpisodeSalli Richardson-Whitfield2019-12-03Treadstone
28"The Seoul Asylum"TV EpisodeSalli Richardson-Whitfield2019-12-10Treadstone
29"The Cicada Covenant"TV EpisodeJeremy Webb2019-12-17Treadstone