They're very very identical. One-man operative, gritty tone, exotic locales, gadgets, 1 woman, and fast cars. Bond (Daniel Craig only for same gritty aciton) Mission Impossible Bourne series I think it was Bourne series that set the tone for 'gritty serious' concept. Bond with Pierce Brosnan was terrible. It was with Daniel Craig, it started to kick ass. MI 1 was solid, but 2 was a cartoony crap. 3 & 4 were surprisingly good with similar gritty tone.