Jason Bourne raked in $60 million at the Box Office this past weekend despite mixed reviews. The Paul Greengrass directed action flicks continue to deliver gritty and stylized action beloved by the audience. The impact of the original Bourne Identity was so huge that much of this action structure was lifted to modernize the Daniel Craig era James Bond films following the, at times, cartoonish pacing that dragged the franchise down with Pierce Brosnan.
A small part of Bourne’s success was the choice of closing title song. It’s impossible to hear Extreme Ways by Moby and not think of Jason Bourne kicking ass. The second single from his studio album “18” Extreme Ways was released just 4 days after the “Bourne Identity” hit theaters. While it didn’t perform particularly well in the charts it became synonymous with the action series and a three different versions were recorded to accompany sequels including the current installment.
It’s not just the Bourne series that Moby has enjoyed success. “New Dawn Fades” a cover of the Joy Division song and “God Moving Over the Face of the Waters” accompanied key scenes in Michael Mann’s 1995 Crime epic “Heat”. He also provided tracks for the scores to Cool World (1992), Scream (1996) and remade the classic Bond theme for Tomorrow Never Dies (1997).
Not content with a nice pay check from Hollywood, the producer from Darien, Connecticut has been a strong supporter of independent cinema setting up MobyGratis (http://www.mobygratis.com/home) in 2007 offering a selection of over 150 tracks under a free license to independent, non-profit filmmakers, and film students. In the event that one of these projects enjoys commercial success he still refuses to cash a check instead all licensing fees get donated to the Humane Society.
We’ve had our ups and downs with Moby over the years from the early electronic music years of “GO”, “Next is the E” and “Everything is Wrong” to the massive mainstream success of “Play” there’s no questioning the quality of the content he has pumped out. His militant Veganism, spirituality and political views might be tiresome to many his gesture of free music to filmmakers is admirable.