Pamela Landy

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Pamela Landy is the character played by Joan Allen in the second and third films of the Jason Bourne series: The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum.

Pamela Landy
Created by Robert Ludlum
Portrayed by Joan Allen
Information
Nickname(s) Pam
Gender Female
Occupation Deputy Director of the CIA

Personality[edit]

She is a very serious, intelligent and spirited woman, whose only purpose is to uncover the truth about Bourne's case. She is also noble in comparison to the other CIA officers. When Jason Bourne asks her why she's helping him in The Bourne Ultimatum, she explains, "This isn't what I signed up for. What they did to you. Blackbriar. This isn't us."[1]

Joan Allen portrays Pamela Landy

Bourne Films[edit]

Landy's character has appeared in every Bourne movie except for 2002's The Bourne Identity.

The Bourne Supremacy[edit]

Landy is the CIA's Deputy Director, who is in charge of the exchange of the "Neski Files" (documents proving the theft of 20 million dollars from the CIA seven years before). After the mission goes wrong and her team finds "Bourne's" planted fingerprint, she travels to the CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia, to probe the case.

At the beginning, she is trying to catch Bourne, because of the charges against him, but after she learns Bourne is being framed, her only goal becomes to find the truth and to act according to the CIA principles.

At the end of the second film, Bourne calls Pamela Landy at her office. Pam says she is ready to cooperate and tells Jason his real name and birth date (which we find out in the next film is a code). After a little conversation, Bourne tells her (in one of the most oft-repeated quotes of the Bourne series) "Get some rest Pam, you look tired." Her subsequent genuine surprise is driven by the fact that this is the second time in the film that she has been caught completely unaware by Bourne when she believed herself to be in a position of control. As the camera pans back, we see Bourne watching Pamela thru his monocular. The movie ends with Bourne walking down the streets of New York with Moby's "Extreme Ways" playing in the background.

The Bourne Ultimatum[edit]

Pamela is reassigned to the mission in charge of catching Bourne, after he appears back in London's Waterloo Station trying to help reporter Simon Ross dodge the surveillance system and persecusion from CIA men under Noah Vosen's direction.

Landy commits herself to solving Bourne's case at last. One particular scene that shows her personality is when she is introduced to the CIA staff in New York's office by section chief Noah Vosen and she says "Let's do the names later, What was Bourne's last fixed position?". With the helpful knowledge of Landy in the case, the CIA team finds out that Simon Ross's actual source is Madrid station chief Neil Daniels, not Bourne, as Vosen had thought. After that, Bourne escapes with the help of Nicky Parsons and Vosen decides to have somebody kill her. Landy gets really angry because of Vosen's willingness to indiscriminately kill CIA personnel and has a prickly argument with him, finally leaving the room from which the operation is being run.

With the help of her associate, Tom Cronin, Landy starts to uncover what's really going on in Bourne's case and makes one last decision to settle the matter. She makes Bourne come to the CIA facility where she is and then he arranges a false meeting to distract Vosen's men and then goes into the building to get the Blackbriar secret files.

At the end of the movie, Bourne hands the files to Landy, who faxes them away. When Vosen comes in and realizes what Landy has just done, he gets really surprised. She looks at him coldly and says "You'd better get yourself a good lawyer." She finally gives a declaration before a US Senate commission. With this, she proves her commitment to run the operation according to the CIA principles and makes her final contribution to solving Bourne's case and proving he's innocent.

The Bourne Legacy[edit]

Pamela Landy is now being accused by Noah Vosen and other CIA operatives of treason and is testifying against Blackbriar and for her own legal saftey.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Pamela Landy (Character) -- Quotes". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 6 July 2014.