Is the Bourne Identity as written by Robert Ludlum? No. It shares a title, some of the same characters and some of the plot points, but it isn't the Bourne Identity as written by Robert Ludlum. (For a version that sticks closely to Ludlum's novel look for the 1988 TV Movie with Richard Chamberlain.) Is it a good movie featuring the character of Jason Bourne? Yes, yes it is. I think that if you've read the books, you might be a little disappointed. If you haven't and like good spy/action movies, then you'll probably enjoy it.