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Gala Brand wrote:

"The only theme I have found in SF are old age and retirement (or put another way, fitness to do the job and general competency). This is the opposite of initiation and it relates to Bond and to M. What bothers me about such themes is that they are not the kind of themes that his character should ever have to confront. Unless its a trend and the next film features the death of Bond. I also don't like the focus being on the hero's issues so much - it feels like the franchise is chewing its own foot off."

There is a theme of finding one's place in an increasingly technological world.  There is also a theme of traps.  Silva sets a trap for Bond who ends up capturing Silva which is part of Silva's trap.  M is trapped by her past as is Silva as is Bond.  In the end Bond sets a trap for Silva, but instead gets trapped himself.

I'm surprised that all of this went over your head.

So you missed the main theme then?  It seems quite a few people actually did, which surprises me.  It's about betrayal and trust and what M does and how far she goes to protect the UK's interests.  Bond too.  The fact that Silva and Bond were both on the end of M's harsh decision making is the reason for the film.  She made Silva what he was and she made Bond too, except one ends up looking to kill her while the other is out to protect her, despite both thinking they've been utterly betrayed by her.  It's about how all of their trust is misjudged or not and about how each character is inextricably linked by that trust and how they individually perceive it that decides what path they take.  It was exceptionally well executed and seamless considering what a very difficult storyline it is to portray onscreen in just a couple of hours.  Brilliant!

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Asp9mm wrote:
Gala Brand wrote:

"The only theme I have found in SF are old age and retirement (or put another way, fitness to do the job and general competency). This is the opposite of initiation and it relates to Bond and to M. What bothers me about such themes is that they are not the kind of themes that his character should ever have to confront. Unless its a trend and the next film features the death of Bond. I also don't like the focus being on the hero's issues so much - it feels like the franchise is chewing its own foot off."

There is a theme of finding one's place in an increasingly technological world.  There is also a theme of traps.  Silva sets a trap for Bond who ends up capturing Silva which is part of Silva's trap.  M is trapped by her past as is Silva as is Bond.  In the end Bond sets a trap for Silva, but instead gets trapped himself.

I'm surprised that all of this went over your head.


So you missed the main theme then?  It seems quite a few people actually did, which surprises me.  It's about betrayal and trust and what M does and how far she goes to protect the UK's interests.  Bond too.  The fact that Silva and Bond were both on the end of M's harsh decision making is the reason for the film.  She made Silva what he was and she made Bond too, except one ends up looking to kill her while the other is out to protect her, despite both thinking they've been utterly betrayed by her.  It's about how all of their trust is misjudged or not and about how each character is inextricably linked by that trust and how they individually perceive it that decides what path they take.  It was exceptionally well executed and seamless considering what a very difficult storyline it is to portray onscreen in just a couple of hours.  Brilliant!

The theme of who do you trust and to whom do you owe your loyalty has been present in all of Craig's Bond films. It's actually a lot less important in Skyfall than in CR and QOS (although poorly developed in QOS).

But, hey, if it works for you, have at it.

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Gala Brand wrote:
Asp9mm wrote:
Gala Brand wrote:

"The only theme I have found in SF are old age and retirement (or put another way, fitness to do the job and general competency). This is the opposite of initiation and it relates to Bond and to M. What bothers me about such themes is that they are not the kind of themes that his character should ever have to confront. Unless its a trend and the next film features the death of Bond. I also don't like the focus being on the hero's issues so much - it feels like the franchise is chewing its own foot off."

There is a theme of finding one's place in an increasingly technological world.  There is also a theme of traps.  Silva sets a trap for Bond who ends up capturing Silva which is part of Silva's trap.  M is trapped by her past as is Silva as is Bond.  In the end Bond sets a trap for Silva, but instead gets trapped himself.

I'm surprised that all of this went over your head.


So you missed the main theme then?  It seems quite a few people actually did, which surprises me.  It's about betrayal and trust and what M does and how far she goes to protect the UK's interests.  Bond too.  The fact that Silva and Bond were both on the end of M's harsh decision making is the reason for the film.  She made Silva what he was and she made Bond too, except one ends up looking to kill her while the other is out to protect her, despite both thinking they've been utterly betrayed by her.  It's about how all of their trust is misjudged or not and about how each character is inextricably linked by that trust and how they individually perceive it that decides what path they take.  It was exceptionally well executed and seamless considering what a very difficult storyline it is to portray onscreen in just a couple of hours.  Brilliant!

The theme of who do you trust and to whom do you owe your loyalty has been present in all of Craig's Bond films. It's actually a lot less important in Skyfall than in CR and QOS (although poorly developed in QOS).

But, hey, if it works for you, have at it.

You are kidding aren't you.  Virtually every conversation in Skyfall is about trust and betrayal.  It's all Silva talks about and it's M's final words.

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It also has something to do with Bond's suits getting tighter with every new film.   ajb007/biggrin

“I didn’t lose a friend, I just realised I never had one.”

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Thunderpussy wrote:

It also has something to do with Bond's suits getting tighter with every new film.   ajb007/biggrin

true Dat !

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delicious wrote:
Blackleiter wrote:
delicious wrote:

it was a film that was made under too much pressure to succeed

Again, I appreciate that you have a different perspective on SF, and the film didn't work for you. But judging from its critical and financial success, I don't understand your comment that I quoted above. True, it obviously didn't succeed with you, but generally speaking it was a success. Is it the best Bond film ever? Not in my opinion, but I enjoyed it quite a bit, as did many others. And that's not just because we were all somehow suckered in by the "flim flam", or because we weren't capable of recognizing certain nuances that you managed to discern. It's because taken as a whole, SF held together well enough and had enough entertaining qualities that many fans, such as myuself, found it to be a solid and enjoyable addition to the Bond film series. I hope the next film is as good or better.

MacDonald's is also popular and makes a lot of money. Do you think that means it's good?

To add to this discussion, what irks me about so many Skyfall bashers is that they can't just say they don't like the film and then move on.  They have to point to all sorts of "reasons" why it's an inherently, objectively bad film that really fails all Bond standards, and they smugly suggest that the legions of 007 fans and film critics who praise it are blinkered fools who'll one day regret that they like it.  I don't particularly like TMWTGG or AVTAK, but I understand those movies have their fans and I say they're entitled to their tastes.  Bashers, try focusing on what YOU don't like and what doesn't work for YOU--stop trying to argue that we're just blind to its faults or that you have some inner knowledge that tells you that in 20 years the film will be regarded as Bond's low point. . .

Vox clamantis in deserto

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As others have said it all comes down to personal taste. It reminds me of
My mates telling me to avoid the local Korean restuarant as the food was crap.
But I tried the meat balls and they were the Dog's Boll*cks.   ajb007/lol

Good or Bad, I can think of no better way of passing a couple of hours, Than watching
some Bond.
( If I can't get my hands on some Booze, hookers and hard drugs )  ajb007/tongue

“I didn’t lose a friend, I just realised I never had one.”

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It's a great Bond film. Period.

It has spectacle and action, glamour and conflict. It has plot flaws alongside iconic moments. It has enough in the way of themes and subtext* to keep we fans arguing for years to come. It has roots in Fleming and looks both forward and backwards.

It was made by people who knew and cared, and still kept an eye on the box office.

It has assured that the series will continue.



*Themes/subtext: my tuppenceworth (or ten cents as the case may be). Loss and maturity- Kincade's reminiscence of young James' reaction on hearing of his parents' death "When he came out he wasn't a boy any more" is central to the film's theme. It's overt that M has replaced his mother, and he has to deal with her death in his childhood home (or close by, anyway) where he had to handle his true mother's death. The film's coda shows that he has coped and has matured.

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I've also noticed a tenuous link with Craig's Bond films and the Novels.
(now bear with me, this is very tenuous.)

Casino Royale is pretty close to the Book, so that's fine.
In Flemings second LALD, Bond contemplates Killing Solitaire when he thinks
he can't make an escape. Like  the ending in QOS.
  With Fleming's third novel Moonraker we have a villain with a new face out for
revenge. In Skyfall we have a returning from the dead Hero ( Name on the memorial wall )
Out for revenge. So I wonder if Craig's fourth Bond film will have some elements of DAF ?

“I didn’t lose a friend, I just realised I never had one.”

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Hmm, wouldn't think so- though it would be nice if it did!

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We are the Borg. Lower your shields and surrender your ships. We will add your biological and technological distinctiveness to our own. Your culture will adapt to service us. Resistance is futile.

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delicious wrote:

We are the Borg. Lower your shields and surrender your ships. We will add your biological and technological distinctiveness to our own. Your culture will adapt to service us. Resistance is futile.

Good Lord! This discussion really has taken you round the bend, hasn't it? ajb007/crap

"Felix Leiter, a brother from Langley."

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delicious wrote:

We are the Borg. Lower your shields and surrender your ships. We will add your biological and technological distinctiveness to our own. Your culture will adapt to service us. Resistance is futile.

The needs of the one outweigh the needs of the many?

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He was a great tennis player though.   ajb007/biggrin

" To Slag Off Skyfall, Is not Logical Captain."    ajb007/wink

“I didn’t lose a friend, I just realised I never had one.”

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http://www.the-numbers.com/movies/franchise/James-Bond

Ooo look, DAD was the highest grossing Bond film ever until QoS came long. But hang on, isn't it also considered one of the worst? Hmmm.

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delicious wrote:

http://www.the-numbers.com/movies/franchise/James-Bond

Ooo look, DAD was the highest grossing Bond film ever until QoS came long. But hang on, isn't it also considered one of the worst? Hmmm.

And am I going blind or did CR make less money! OMG! I guess I was wrong in thinking its a much better film than DAD.

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Well a couple of my favourite Bonds are OHMSS and LTK, both
considered "Failures" at the time.   ajb007/lol

“I didn’t lose a friend, I just realised I never had one.”

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Thunderpussy wrote:

Well a couple of my favourite Bonds are OHMSS and LTK, both
considered "Failures" at the time.   ajb007/lol

I'm a huge LTK fan myself and I love the soft focus cinematography in the opening scene of OHMSS - its so late 60s and always reminds me of Abbey Road and Let It Be.

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delicious wrote:
delicious wrote:

http://www.the-numbers.com/movies/franchise/James-Bond

Ooo look, DAD was the highest grossing Bond film ever until CR came long. But hang on, isn't it also considered one of the worst? Hmmm.

And am I going blind or did CR make less money! OMG! I guess I was wrong in thinking its a much better film than DAD.

Sarcasm ! Fantastic - you've totally won me over with your brilliant insight  ajb007/rolleyes

Reasons, dear boy, REASONS as to why you didn't like it....that's if you have any  ajb007/amazed

YNWA: Justice For The 96

The Joy Of 6

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delicious wrote:

http://www.the-numbers.com/movies/franchise/James-Bond

Ooo look, DAD was the highest grossing Bond film ever until QoS came long. But hang on, isn't it also considered one of the worst? Hmmm.

What's your point? Neither DAD nor QoS were considered "critical" successes, although they both have their fans. Skyfall, on the other hand, was both a box office smash and widely hailed by critics as a good film. Of course that doesn't mean that critics were unanimous in their praise of SF, nor does it mean the movie should be immune from criticism. But you seem to be implying that defenders of SF are judging the movie solely by the amount of money it made. That's incorrect. No one is trying to convince you that you are wrong for not liking SF - just as those of us who enjoyed it are not wrong for liking it. So are you done yet, or do we have more condenscension and sarcasm to look forward to?

"Felix Leiter, a brother from Langley."

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Barbel wrote:
delicious wrote:

We are the Borg. Lower your shields and surrender your ships. We will add your biological and technological distinctiveness to our own. Your culture will adapt to service us. Resistance is futile.

The needs of the one outweigh the needs of the many?

When it comes down to it, I'd rather be a Borg than a Dalek.  The Borg at least seek out what's new and innovative and adapt to it; while Daleks encounter what's different, immediately brand it as inferior, then shriek at it and try to destroy it.

Vox clamantis in deserto

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... and for Daleks Stairs can be a Bugger !   ajb007/lol

( I know they can levitate, Before any DR Who fans start complaining  ajb007/wink  )

“I didn’t lose a friend, I just realised I never had one.”

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Yeah, but what are daleks like at cunnilingus?

"This is where we leave you Mr Bond."

Roger Moore 1927-2017

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Well that plunger would come in handy. :-)

“I didn’t lose a friend, I just realised I never had one.”

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Hardyboy wrote:
Barbel wrote:
delicious wrote:

We are the Borg. Lower your shields and surrender your ships. We will add your biological and technological distinctiveness to our own. Your culture will adapt to service us. Resistance is futile.

The needs of the one outweigh the needs of the many?

When it comes down to it, I'd rather be a Borg than a Dalek.  The Borg at least seek out what's new and innovative and adapt to it; while Daleks encounter what's different, immediately brand it as inferior, then shriek at it and try to destroy it.

EXTERMINATE BAD FILMS! EXTERMINATE!