Re: Spy Thriller franchises, emphasis Ethan Hunt(MI) and Bourne franch Because Bourne is an assassin, not a spy. But the OP titled the thread "Spy thrillers" so I went with it. I only included that because further up the thread the debate was about Brosnan and Dalton as if Sean Connery never existed, when true Bond afficionados know Connery was Bond. No, Ryan has less business being on the list than you think Bourne has. He's never been a spy in any incarnation.