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Offline willwallace

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Skyfall
« on: February 19, 2013, 08:28:14 AM »
Interesting review Gitano.  I was going to write one a while back but BBell hit most of it in his and I never got around to it.  Your review touches on a key theme but neither you nor BBell really bring it to the forefront.  What is that theme?  The aging of key characters and the message that perhaps time has passed 007 and the old ways of MI6 by.  The new Q and all his barbs about the old vs the new.  Technology vs. boots on the ground as the primary way to face the dangers of the world.  Bond himself being old, tired and completely off his game before finally pulling it together.  And Raoul, Bond's nemesis, who is using technology to bring MI6 to it's knees.  This movie was better on the big screen, but is enjoyable enough on the small one as well.  I agree with your rating.  Daniel Craig has not disappointed yet.  Best Bond ever (sorry Sean Connery, you're a close second tho so keep a stiff upper lip).

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Re: Skyfall
« Reply #1 on: February 19, 2013, 09:08:03 AM »
Thank you. The theme you mention is particularly troubling to me since I have spent a major portion of my life in the arena of special operations. Human generated Intelligence got a bad rap for a period of time, and we paid for it on 9/11/2001. It don't think that this film or any fantasy of this type begins to approach any of these issues intelligently or appropriately. James Bond represents a kind of mythical image of intelligence operators most like the OSS of WWII as they would like to have been, not their reality. In actual fact, they are complete and total incompetents with romantic notions that often got a lot people killed. They were academics, mostly Ivy League educated, who believed that suavity and sophistication and an inordinate amount of rashness would serve. It didn't. However, the myth persisted, and Ian Fleming capitalized on it. For those who want to really understand intelligence as it was actually practiced by MI6 I would suggest reading John LeCarre. His books are also somewhat romanticized, but George Smiley, middle aged, overweight, and possessing the remarkable ability to simply disappear in a crowd is a far better example of what really worked in the field.
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Re: Skyfall
« Reply #2 on: February 19, 2013, 11:46:24 AM »
For reality, Bond is still heads and shoulders above Derrick Flint and Matt Helm.  Still, I enjoy watching all three.  And Jason Bourne of course (but he's genetically enhanced so his superman act can be explained).  We like our heros big and bold.  Bond fills that bill.

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Re: Skyfall
« Reply #3 on: February 19, 2013, 11:57:41 AM »
I prefer real heroes like the late Chris Kyle. ^^^
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"Race has now replaced rule of law officially. In one speech our president has reversed 60 years of healing the racial divide and destroyed the dream of Dr. King. The result will be an exact reversal of the conditions existing before The Civil Rights Act. And the hardest hit will be the children in whose name the left always claims to act. Well done Obama". - Pendark