Extreme Ways

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"Extreme Ways"
Extreme Ways.jpg
Single by Moby
from the album 18
  • "Love of Strings"
  • "Life's So Sweet"
ReleasedJuly 19, 2002 (2002-07-19)
  • 3:57 (album version)
  • 3:32 (single version)
Moby singles chronology
"We Are All Made of Stars"
"Extreme Ways"
"In This World"
Audio sample

"Extreme Ways" is a song by American electronica musician Moby. It was released as the second single from his sixth studio album 18 on July 19, 2002 (2002-07-19).

The track is notably used at the conclusion of all five of the Bourne films. New versions of the song were each recorded for the third, fourth, and fifth films of the series: The Bourne Ultimatum,[1] The Bourne Legacy,[2][3] and Jason Bourne[4] respectively.


"Extreme Ways" samples the strings notes from Hugo Winterhalter's cover of "Everybody's Talkin'", and the drum beats of Melvin Bliss's "Synthetic Substitution".[5]

Music video[edit]

A video was made for the song, directed by Wayne Isham, which was later included on Moby's 18 B Sides + DVD compilation and the Bourne Identity "Explosive Extended Edition" DVD.

Bourne versions[edit]

For the first two Bourne films, The Bourne Identity and The Bourne Supremacy, the original version of the song was used during the closing credits. A new version, "Extreme Ways (Bourne's Ultimatum)", was recorded for the third film, The Bourne Ultimatum, and released both on that film's soundtrack on July 31, 2007 (2007-07-31), and as a one-track CD single on September 17, 2007 (2007-09-17).[1]

Another version of the song, "Extreme Ways (Bourne's Legacy)", was recorded for the fourth film in the series, The Bourne Legacy, and released on that film's soundtrack on August 7, 2012 (2012-08-07). This version was recorded partly at Moby's home studio in Los Angeles and partly at Sony Pictures Studios. At Sony, Moby worked with a 110 piece orchestra with the help of composer James Newton Howard, who scored the film, and composer Joe Trapanese.[3] In addition to the lyrical track, the group also recorded a purely orchestral version of the song.[6] Both versions were released as singles for digital download on July 31, 2012 (2012-07-31).[7]

Moby recorded another version of the song, "Extreme Ways (Jason Bourne)", for the fifth film in the series, Jason Bourne, and was released on that film's soundtrack on July 29, 2016.[8]

Track listing[edit]


Original version[edit]

Chart (2002) Peak
Belgium Dance (Ultratop)[9] 27
France (SNEP)[10] 53
Italy (FIMI)[11] 27
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[12] 29
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[13] 91
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[14] 39
UK Dance (Official Charts Company)[15] 7
UK Indie (Official Charts Company)[16] 5
US Dance Club Songs (Billboard)[17] 12

"Bourne's Ultimatum" version[edit]

Chart (2007) Peak
Ireland (IRMA)[18] 48
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[19] 45


  1. ^ a b "News: Press Release – extreme ways (bourne's ultimatum) released on 17th september (available as digital download now)". Moby.com. September 13, 2007. Archived from the original on January 9, 2014. Retrieved March 17, 2013.
  2. ^ "Moby records new version of 'Extreme' closing theme for upcoming 'Bourne Legacy'". New York Daily News. August 1, 2012. Retrieved March 6, 2016.
  3. ^ a b Moby (July 30, 2012). "i've recorded a new version of 'extreme ways' for the bourne legacy". Moby.com. Archived from the original on 24 April 2013. Retrieved March 17, 2013.
  4. ^ "Moby Releases Updated Jason Bourne Theme Song, 'Extreme Ways'". Radio.com. July 26, 2016. Retrieved July 26, 2016.
  5. ^ Blackard, Cap (February 26, 2018). "Moby's Top 10 Songs". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved November 12, 2018.
  6. ^ Moby (July 31, 2012). "brand new orchestral version of 'extreme ways', listen here". Moby.com. Retrieved March 17, 2013.
  7. ^ Matthews, Cameron (July 31, 2012). "Moby Remixes 'Extreme Ways' for 'The Bourne Legacy' -- Exclusive Video". Spinner. Retrieved March 17, 2013.
  8. ^ "Jason Bourne Soundtrack (2016)". Soundtrack.Net. Retrieved July 21, 2016.
  9. ^ "Ultratop Dance – 07/09/2002" (in Dutch). Ultratop Dance. Retrieved February 25, 2018.
  10. ^ "Lescharts.com – Moby – Extreme Ways" (in French). Les classement single. Retrieved February 25, 2018.
  11. ^ "Italiancharts.com – Moby – Extreme Ways". Top Digital Download. Retrieved February 25, 2018.
  12. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved November 25, 2018.
  13. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Moby – Extreme Ways". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved February 25, 2018.
  14. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved February 25, 2018.
  15. ^ "Official Dance Singles Chart Top 40". Official Charts Company. Retrieved February 25, 2018.
  16. ^ "Official Independent Singles Chart Top 50". Official Charts Company. Retrieved November 25, 2018.
  17. ^ "Moby Chart History (Dance Club Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved February 25, 2018.
  18. ^ "Chart Track: Week 35, 2007". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved February 25, 2018.
  19. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved February 25, 2018.

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