British secret agent James Bond first sprung to fictional life in author Ian Fleming's 1953 novel, Casino Royale, which needed three printings to keep up with the demand. Fleming followed with a series of novels and short stories featuring Bond until his death in 1964, at which point the character was also a big screen success as well.
Conversely, Robert Ludlum wrote his first Jason Bourne novel with 1980's The Bourne Identity, writing two more before his death in 2001. Ludlum did not live long enough to see 2002's The Bourne Identity or its subsequent sequels, but, like Fleming, Ludlum's character lives on, with other authors taking over the characters for the novels and the film franchises continuing to find success.
Yet, with Bond making his 23rd big screen adventure in this weekend's Skyfall, we began to wonder: which spy rules the other? There's only one place for Bourne and Bond to face off against one another and that's in our Character Cage Match! review their strengths and weaknesses before voting in our poll >>