I watched Jason Bourne yesterday and I was wondering why do so many American-made (especially spy) movies take place in Europe.
I have some theories (as a European person that has spent some time in the US):
- Europe is considered this place with loads of different secret services and lots of spies.
- Europe is a place outside the US — no killings, no terrorists, no danger to the US population — all the "bad" stuff isn't happening in the Land of the Free. Also, we fear what we don't know: Europeans.
- Americans fancy the idea of being somewhere else and romanticize the "culture": old buildings (that make it easier to hide?), the narrow roads (that make for a good car chase), all the people that relax outside and have coffee in crowded places (perfect for suicide bombings!!!) in France, Italy, Spain, Germany
- It's boring to shoot action movies in the US. I cannot remember a single action movie set in I dunno South Dakota.
- American Spy Movies need spies from other countries to make a good movie — China is a hot topic, Russia's been in a thousand different spy movies (Cold War ...) and Europe always makes for some good spies from France, etc.
I also have a slight feeling that my views are Euro-centered because I live in Europe and only get to watch American movies that are playing in local theaters but since those were made to be seen by a large audience, I still think it might have something to do with Europe and not just with me.
I am not too sure if this theory makes any sense, but I can think about some spy movies that would hold up for it:
- Jason Bourne (Greece, Serbia, Germany, Italy, GB)
- MI: Rogue Nation (Austria)
- From Paris With Love
- 96 Hours
- The International