The Bourne Identity is a 1988 television movie adaptation of Robert Ludlum's novel The Bourne Identity. The film was directed by Roger Young for Warner Bros. Television with Richard Chamberlain in the title role. It follows the storyline of the original novel, with a run-time of 3 hours 5 min. With commercials added, the running time was extended to four hours. The film was first shown on ABC in two two-hour installments over two nights.
The book author, Robert Ludlum died in 2001. His spy fiction thriller The Bourne Identity was filmed again in 2002 by Doug Liman starring Matt Damon as Jason Bourne, with considerable deviations from the original Cold War novel.