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Saw "Skyfall" today. I enjoyed it -- a worthy entry in the Bond canon, cementing Daniel Craig as my favorite actor in the role so far. Not much to say about it, really, but a few thoughts behind the cut.

Silva was a good villain -- although T didn't care for him, he has a distaste for villains with complex plans that involve getting captured -- and I liked that his motives were personal rather than focused on money and/or world domination. I also enjoyed getting a closer look at M, if only because more Judi Densch is always better. I was surprised that they killed her off, although it worked well, both thematically (MI6 moving forward into a new world, where the enemies strike from the shadows, Q is a computer geek, Moneypenny is as handy with a sniper rifle as she is with a straight razor) and emotionally. Ralph Fiennes is a fine successor, although a part of me twitches a little bit to see the role going back to a male actor. Speaking of Fiennes, I kept expecting his character to turn up as one of the bad guys, as Silva's connection to the inside, using the situation to take control of MI6 for himself, to the point that I half-expected him to switch sides in the firefight.

I also liked the meta commentary on what makes a Bond film, and whether Bond can still be relevant to the current era -- Q versus Bond, the hearing, blowing up the Astin Martin. None of those things were subtle statements, but they still worked for me.

It'll be interesting to see where the series goes from here. I understand that Craig is signed for two more movies, so chances are, we'll get to find out.

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Nov. 20th, 2012 05:14 pm (UTC)
I heard that Judi Dench wanted to retire, so that might be why they killed her off. Plus it made sense in the storyline.

Are you a "Bond succession" person? That is, someone who entertains the theory that James Bond is a title, not a name, and therefore all of the actors are part of the same story?
Nov. 20th, 2012 05:32 pm (UTC)
Yeah, someone mentioned that on the DW side, too, and it makes sense.

re "Bond succession": I did subscribe to that theory, but there is some strong evidence now that, at least in the Craig reboot movies, this is not the case. But that's the nice thing about a reboot: you can make changes going forward that don't affect what happened before.
Nov. 20th, 2012 05:48 pm (UTC)
I was toying with the theory after Skyfall, and was trying to figure out how Brosnan fits in. The only thing I came up with is the humorous idea that Brosnan was 008 and kept getting a promotion every time Craig disappeared or died, had his movie, then got demoted again when Craig came back.
Nov. 21st, 2012 04:03 pm (UTC)
"villains with complex plans that involve getting captured"

It's all the rage now isn't it? Joker. Loki. T must be so frustrated :P

The only thing that really bothered me about the movie is M would never be dumb enough to use a flashlight when she was being chased through the dark. Excuse me. There was a giant ass explosion right there, they really can't just squint it out?? Arg.

In my head there is an scene where it was Albert Finney who turned the flashlight on, and M slapped him in the face for getting them killed, LOL.

Nov. 21st, 2012 08:30 pm (UTC)
T *hated* the Joker, to the point that the character ruined The Dark Knight for him. But he enjoyed Avengers quite a bit and didn't mind Loki, who has a number of similarities to both characters. I went onto the TV Tropes page for Skyfall to see if I could pinpoint the difference -- and discovered that Sam Mendes has said that he based many of Silva's characteristics on the Joker. I told T that, and he said "no wonder". Then I asked why it was that Loki didn't bother him, and he said that he never had the feeling that Loki was ten steps ahead of the good guys, that he seemed more fallible, that he was working on the fly rather than executing a carefully planned plot that involved the cooperation of hundreds of inside confederates. It's an interesting distinction.

Good point regarding the flashlight. I would have liked to see your headcanon scene. :)
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