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RE: Bond back on top (no shagging pun intended) - 5/11/2012 3:36:12 PM   
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What's even better is that Mendes has personally said why he didn't include the gun barrel at the beginning, but this cotton-headed ninny muggins has dismissed it as a 'lame excuse' and put it down to a conspiracy at the heart of the franchise! Barbara Broccoli trying to final assert her position as an executive producer... despite being once since 1995.

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RE: Bond back on top (no shagging pun intended) - 5/11/2012 3:55:23 PM   
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I am not paying to see Skyfall at the cinema in protest at the removal of the gun barrel from the start of the films.



This is quite possibly the saddest thing I've seen on the boards so far.

Even sadder than my dick size.

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RE: Bond back on top (no shagging pun intended) - 5/11/2012 4:02:32 PM   
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I am not paying to see Skyfall at the cinema in protest at the removal of the gun barrel from the start of the films.



This is quite possibly the saddest thing I've seen on the boards so far.

Even sadder than my dick size.


It's one of the funniest things I've seen.

I hope "manwihtheplan" never again gets a "Bondian" (meaning shit) Bond film because, I've no doubt, I and a large portion of the film going public would hate it. Plus if he gets his way there'll be no more comedy zingers like the above comment to look forward to.

I've decided that since George Lucas won't be directing Star Wars episode VII that only non Star Wars fans will go to see it. Us proper fans will stay at home. We will be out of our element and with no frame of reference but our voices shall be heard and our opinions voiced regardless.

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RE: Bond back on top (no shagging pun intended) - 5/11/2012 4:12:30 PM   
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Who's James Bond ?




He's the one who's all like: "Yeah, baby, yeah!"

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RE: Bond back on top (no shagging pun intended) - 5/11/2012 4:13:04 PM   
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ORIGINAL: MonsterCat


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ORIGINAL: manwihtheplan

I am not paying to see Skyfall at the cinema in protest at the removal of the gun barrel from the start of the films.



This is quite possibly the saddest thing I've seen on the boards so far.

Even sadder than my dick size.


It's one of the funniest things I've seen.



Monster Cat's dick?

What I don't understand is if someone is refusing to see the film, why the fuck are they banging on about it endlessly on a message board?

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RE: Bond back on top (no shagging pun intended) - 5/11/2012 4:23:40 PM   
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ORIGINAL: Harry Tuttle


quote:

ORIGINAL: MonsterCat


quote:

ORIGINAL: manwihtheplan

I am not paying to see Skyfall at the cinema in protest at the removal of the gun barrel from the start of the films.



This is quite possibly the saddest thing I've seen on the boards so far.

Even sadder than my dick size.


It's one of the funniest things I've seen.



Monster Cat's dick?

What I don't understand is if someone is refusing to see the film, why the fuck are they banging on about it endlessly on a message board?



On the review thread, no less... for people who have seen the film!

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RE: Bond back on top (no shagging pun intended) - 5/11/2012 4:29:53 PM   
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The way I read it was that he wasn't paying to see the film

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RE: Bond back on top (no shagging pun intended) - 5/11/2012 4:38:54 PM   
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The way I read it was that he wasn't paying to see the film


Ah... fair point. Who wants to be the one to call FACT then?

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RE: Bond back on top (no shagging pun intended) - 5/11/2012 4:40:14 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: Happy Shrapnel

Who's James Bond ?




He's the one who's all like: "Yeah, baby, yeah!"




I just saw the intials JB and thought it was a Jason Bourne movie !!!!!!
Daaaaaaaamn it to Hell !


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RE: Bond back on top (no shagging pun intended) - 5/11/2012 4:40:50 PM   
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The way I read it was that he wasn't paying to see the film


True, he seems to know enough about the film to suggest he has actually seen it. But, for arguments sake, lets take him at his word and assume he hasn't seen it, it makes any criticism of the film, film makers, actors, techniques used, score etc etc all redundant and bollocks.

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RE: Bond back on top (no shagging pun intended) - 5/11/2012 5:01:26 PM   
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Not only that, but....

SPOILER

...the gun barrel sequence IS at the beginning of the film

END SPOILER






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RE: Bond back on top (no shagging pun intended) - 5/11/2012 5:02:37 PM   
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Not only that, but....

SPOILER

...the gun barrel sequence IS at the beginning of the film

END SPOILER







It isn't.

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RE: Bond back on top (no shagging pun intended) - 5/11/2012 5:06:12 PM   
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Ssssh, we're not telling him that

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RE: Bond back on top (no shagging pun intended) - 5/11/2012 6:43:20 PM   
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You know what? I was actually a little bit disappointed that the gunbarrel wasn't at the start of Skyfall.I made my peace with that within about 30 seconds and just got on with enjoying the movie

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RE: Bond back on top (no shagging pun intended) - 5/11/2012 7:20:19 PM   
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You know what? I was actually a little bit disappointed that the gunbarrel wasn't at the start of Skyfall.I made my peace with that within about 30 seconds and just got on with enjoying the movie


You're obviously too normal and grounded for this thread. Please leave immediately.

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RE: Bond back on top (no shagging pun intended) - 5/11/2012 7:24:59 PM   
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How can the makers of Bond win with some of the pan chokers on here?

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RE: Bond back on top (no shagging pun intended) - 5/11/2012 8:39:01 PM   
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How can the makers of Bond win with some of the pan chokers on here?


We obviously need a "feed the whiners to komodo dragons" policy. It's the only way humanity can progress.

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RE: Poor show - 6/11/2012 12:49:47 AM   
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I'm really baffled by some of the criticism of Skyfall. For me, it really is one of the best Bond films ever made. It's managed to retain the more grounded real world feel of Craig's previous outings whilst reintroducing the more classic Bond elements in a way that feels realistic and modern, rather than the cheesy and formulaic way the Brosnan films started to go. My only real issue with the film was it's score, which never really felt like a bond film, never had that orchestral feel that helped keep the Bond feel in Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace. I don't hate Thomas Newman's score, it's really good, but it feels odd for a Bond film, in the same way Eric Serra's or Michael Kamen's scores felt at odds with their respective films. Having said that, when Newman does bring the more traditional Bond musical cues it really does work. I just wanted more original themes that felt orchestral. A very minor criticism. I thought all the principal players were solid, I thought the action was directed well, although it felt like it needed maybe one more action beat somewhere (perhaps after SIlva's escape and before Bond and M go to Skyfall?). I cant really find much to fault, it's great.

Some of the usual Bond fan complaints that are being wheeled out (gun barrel placement, Craig's appearence etc) are largely pointless, as they dont really offer any critique of the film, and the film is most certainly 'Bond'. Craig nails the smarm and charm in a number of scenes, he gets the quips, we get a disfigured maniac madman with an island hideout, the tricked out Aston, fights in dragon pits, Moneypenny and Q. It has every 'Bond' element, only it treats them with a level of realism and seriousness that was never really around in the Moore and Brosnan era's. It's all the better for it. And still people complain Craig acts and looks like 'a larbourer'...... I'm not even sure what that fucking means. Simple fact is this, I dont know any woman that wouldn't happily come home every night from work to a man looking like Danial Craig in his Bond shape. Seriously, he's as suave and handsome as any previous Bond ever. There are a few shots of him as Bond (particularly as he stands by the Aston prior to the arrival at Skyfall) where he looks ace. I would kill to look as cool as he does! Those suits... c'mon?! Seriously, women love Craig as Bond. A quick poll of women in my immediate vicinity right now confirms this... every single one confirmed they prefer Craig as Bond than any other, based purely on looks and appearance. I also dont get the complaints that Craig's Bond has been on too many personal outings. Are you fucking kidding? Casino Royale was clearly Bond on a standard Bond mission, stop Le Chiffre financing and banking terrorism. Quantum of Solace was again a pretty straightforward Bond mission to stop a Bond villain, stop Greene's plan to instigate a military dictatorship that gave Quantum power and control over the regions water supplies. There is a difference between the mission's being personal and giving Bond something personal to invest in within each mission. Skyfall is the first that essentially does away with the traditional Bond mission to replace it with the personal stakes. And lets face it, this is hardly something new for the franchise. These criticisms dont have any real weight in my opinion. DOnt like the film by all means, but at least dont like it with some genuine reason for criticism.


Not seen License To Kill?

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RE: Poor show - 6/11/2012 12:51:37 AM   
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RE: Poor show - 6/11/2012 12:57:07 AM   
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OHMSS?




Technically he was on a mission to stop Blofeld for dear old england.Its just that he fell in love on that particular adventure.

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RE: Poor show - 6/11/2012 1:00:47 AM   
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The mission got cancelled by MI6 though and he united with Tracy's father.

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RE: Poor show - 6/11/2012 4:22:05 AM   
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I'm really baffled by some of the criticism of Skyfall. For me, it really is one of the best Bond films ever made. It's managed to retain the more grounded real world feel of Craig's previous outings whilst reintroducing the more classic Bond elements in a way that feels realistic and modern, rather than the cheesy and formulaic way the Brosnan films started to go. My only real issue with the film was it's score, which never really felt like a bond film, never had that orchestral feel that helped keep the Bond feel in Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace. I don't hate Thomas Newman's score, it's really good, but it feels odd for a Bond film, in the same way Eric Serra's or Michael Kamen's scores felt at odds with their respective films. Having said that, when Newman does bring the more traditional Bond musical cues it really does work. I just wanted more original themes that felt orchestral. A very minor criticism. I thought all the principal players were solid, I thought the action was directed well, although it felt like it needed maybe one more action beat somewhere (perhaps after SIlva's escape and before Bond and M go to Skyfall?). I cant really find much to fault, it's great.

Some of the usual Bond fan complaints that are being wheeled out (gun barrel placement, Craig's appearence etc) are largely pointless, as they dont really offer any critique of the film, and the film is most certainly 'Bond'. Craig nails the smarm and charm in a number of scenes, he gets the quips, we get a disfigured maniac madman with an island hideout, the tricked out Aston, fights in dragon pits, Moneypenny and Q. It has every 'Bond' element, only it treats them with a level of realism and seriousness that was never really around in the Moore and Brosnan era's. It's all the better for it. And still people complain Craig acts and looks like 'a larbourer'...... I'm not even sure what that fucking means. Simple fact is this, I dont know any woman that wouldn't happily come home every night from work to a man looking like Danial Craig in his Bond shape. Seriously, he's as suave and handsome as any previous Bond ever. There are a few shots of him as Bond (particularly as he stands by the Aston prior to the arrival at Skyfall) where he looks ace. I would kill to look as cool as he does! Those suits... c'mon?! Seriously, women love Craig as Bond. A quick poll of women in my immediate vicinity right now confirms this... every single one confirmed they prefer Craig as Bond than any other, based purely on looks and appearance. I also dont get the complaints that Craig's Bond has been on too many personal outings. Are you fucking kidding? Casino Royale was clearly Bond on a standard Bond mission, stop Le Chiffre financing and banking terrorism. Quantum of Solace was again a pretty straightforward Bond mission to stop a Bond villain, stop Greene's plan to instigate a military dictatorship that gave Quantum power and control over the regions water supplies. There is a difference between the mission's being personal and giving Bond something personal to invest in within each mission. Skyfall is the first that essentially does away with the traditional Bond mission to replace it with the personal stakes. And lets face it, this is hardly something new for the franchise. These criticisms dont have any real weight in my opinion. DOnt like the film by all means, but at least dont like it with some genuine reason for criticism.


Not seen License To Kill?


Possibly badly worded on my part, but I was referring to the Craig era. Skyfall is the first of the Craig era to do away with the traditional Bond mission.....

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I also dont get the complaints that Craig's Bond has been on too many personal outings. Are you fucking kidding? Casino Royale was clearly Bond on a standard Bond mission, stop Le Chiffre financing and banking terrorism. Quantum of Solace was again a pretty straightforward Bond mission to stop a Bond villain, stop Greene's plan to instigate a military dictatorship that gave Quantum power and control over the regions water supplies. There is a difference between the mission's being personal and giving Bond something personal to invest in within each mission. Skyfall is the first that essentially does away with the traditional Bond mission to replace it with the personal stakes.


The complaint was that Craig had been doing nothing but personal revenge outings, which just isn't true.

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RE: Poor show - 6/11/2012 9:40:20 AM   
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Even Skyfall wasn't exactly Bond on a personal revenge mission. That was Silva's mission. The only thing that made it personal for Bond was that M was the target... other than that, it was the traditional Bond vs. disfigured villain story.

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RE: Bond back on top (no shagging pun intended) - 6/11/2012 11:16:22 AM   
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And by the way... the gun barrel sequence? Hasn't always been at the start of the movies. It was at the end in Dr. No, for instance. And seeing as how reminding people of the 60's was the clear intention with this movie, it's entirely justified to have it in the end in this one, too. Either way, it still baffles me why there are people who seem to be judging the entire movie on whether that few seconds was placed at the beginning or end.


AND it wasn't even Connery was it? Are there any fans still bitching about that and demanding a new edit with a digitally inserted Connery?

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RE: Bond back on top (no shagging pun intended) - 6/11/2012 11:59:22 AM   
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And by the way... the gun barrel sequence? Hasn't always been at the start of the movies. It was at the end in Dr. No, for instance. And seeing as how reminding people of the 60's was the clear intention with this movie, it's entirely justified to have it in the end in this one, too. Either way, it still baffles me why there are people who seem to be judging the entire movie on whether that few seconds was placed at the beginning or end.


AND it wasn't even Connery was it? Are there any fans still bitching about that and demanding a new edit with a digitally inserted Connery?


Connery didn't do it until Thunderball

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RE: Poor show - 6/11/2012 12:06:05 PM   
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Even Skyfall wasn't exactly Bond on a personal revenge mission. That was Silva's mission. The only thing that made it personal for Bond was that M was the target... other than that, it was the traditional Bond vs. disfigured villain story.



I don't think people are really clear what a personal revenge story even is. Craig's films, none of them feature Bond taking revenge as the main driver of the plot.

In CR he briefly considers shooting VESPER as revenge for betrayal, but nothing else about the film is about revenge. It's trust (who can you) and betrayal, in tandem with a 'go after those who hired the bomber you shot, you impulsive idiot' story.

In QOS, absolutely everything about the main plot involves going after the baddie. M THINKS Bond has lost it over Vesper's death and wants revenge, but right through the film he does all that Bond always does, but screwed up inside as he tries to deal with what happened immediately before this film kicks off. His inner turmoils define the 'angry, frenzied, brutal' tone of the film, but he could have taken revenge on Vesper's ex for using her to set her up to set him up, but he DOESN''T. The theme of revenge is in the film, Olga's character is on a revenge mission, Bond feels like revenging, maybe his actions and the violence express his desire for revenge but he doesn't take revenge, His job is his Quantum of Solace. Some people hate it because they are confused by its feel, I think. But it's a Bond film that feels different, because BOND feels different inside. Gutted and empty. And for people who feel the characterisation is off, watch the close of CR immediately before watching QOS and it's very obvious, the characterisation of angry betrayed Bond brutally disaptching the baddies he comes across is already in place. Angry, betrayed, and finally distraught at not only failing to save Vesper, but her death being his fault, because the only reason the building sank is he shot out the floating foundation. That Bond, an hour later, is the QOS Bond. There's no other way to approach the film and get the best from it

And as stated Skyfall is about Silva's revenge, not Bond's.

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RE: Poor show - 6/11/2012 12:41:04 PM   
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Right, here is my view on why the gun barrel is at the end and then I'm never going to mention it again......



SPOILERS !!!!!!!





Craig's Bond is and always has been a different animal to all the others.
We knew this from the very start of Casino Royale when he first earned his 00 status, these films were made as a deliberate trilogy, as a journey to show how Bond developed into the agent we know him as.

So with Skyfall and the death of M, the new Bond emerges...............


Monneypenny, a new wood paneled office, a big leather desk, a new male M sat behind it, dressed in a navy pinstriped suit, picture of the Queen on the wall, dossier tossed on the desk marked ' Top Secret '
' Right Bond, we have work to do '

Hell, even M's door is leather cushioned........look familar ?

And then........Bang in comes the gun barrel logo and the imortal words
'James Bond will be back'

Its just perfect.







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RE: Poor show - 6/11/2012 1:40:27 PM   
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In QOS, absolutely everything about the main plot involves going after the baddie. M THINKS Bond has lost it over Vesper's death and wants revenge, but right through the film he does all that Bond always does, but screwed up inside as he tries to deal with what happened immediately before this film kicks off. His inner turmoils define the 'angry, frenzied, brutal' tone of the film, but he could have taken revenge on Vesper's ex for using her to set her up to set him up, but he DOESN''T. The theme of revenge is in the film, Olga's character is on a revenge mission, Bond feels like revenging, maybe his actions and the violence express his desire for revenge but he doesn't take revenge, His job is his Quantum of Solace. Some people hate it because they are confused by its feel, I think. But it's a Bond film that feels different, because BOND feels different inside. Gutted and empty. And for people who feel the characterisation is off, watch the close of CR immediately before watching QOS and it's very obvious, the characterisation of angry betrayed Bond brutally disaptching the baddies he comes across is already in place. Angry, betrayed, and finally distraught at not only failing to save Vesper, but her death being his fault, because the only reason the building sank is he shot out the floating foundation. That Bond, an hour later, is the QOS Bond. There's no other way to approach the film and get the best from it



Bang on!!


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Right, here is my view on why the gun barrel is at the end and then I'm never going to mention it again......



SPOILERS !!!!!!!





Craig's Bond is and always has been a different animal to all the others.
We knew this from the very start of Casino Royale when he first earned his 00 status, these films were made as a deliberate trilogy, as a journey to show how Bond developed into the agent we know him as.

So with Skyfall and the death of M, the new Bond emerges...............


Monneypenny, a new wood paneled office, a big leather desk, a new male M sat behind it, dressed in a navy pinstriped suit, picture of the Queen on the wall, dossier tossed on the desk marked ' Top Secret '
' Right Bond, we have work to do '

Hell, even M's door is leather cushioned........look familar ?

And then........Bang in comes the gun barrel logo and the imortal words
'James Bond will be back'

Its just perfect.



Absolutely agree! It's perfect at the end, especially with the '50th Birthday' mention, that would've looked terrible at the beginning and completely ruined the mood for the film I think

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RE: Poor show - 6/11/2012 8:53:36 PM   
licencetokilt

 

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As much as I love the gunbarrel at the start of a 007 escapade - a Bond film without it is like a Star Wars film without the opening crawl - I appreciate what they've done with the last films. And having it at the end of Skyfall is, for me, the right move. It's like everything falling into place. Now, if the next film starts without it, then I'll be confused....

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RE: Great Bond - 6/11/2012 9:27:28 PM   
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ORIGINAL: Darth Marenghi


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ORIGINAL: Quentin Black

I have to disagree. He's certainly amongst the ranks of great film villains.

To start with he is well designed. Like many great villains he's a distorted reflection of the protagonist that shines a light on the ethics and morals that the protagonists hold so dear. Similarly, like many great villains he doesn't need much screen time or detail. He's both threatening and interesting because of the suggestions the film makes and nuanced performances. The mystery created by not laying things out just reinforces this.

To elaborate:

Before we've even met him the film shows us that he is both intelligent and dangerous. A man that can create chaos and destruction without being present. A man that causes a seemingly hardened woman to quiver with fear (hats off to Bérénice Marlohe for selling this so well).

In the reveal he walks slowly to the camera while talking in metaphors about the human condition. As well as being intelligent and in control, he's very strange and very disconcerting. He refers to M as their "mommy" and toys with the conventions of sexuality, using it like a weapon. His self-assured showmanship is an extension of his madness.

He is also clearly Bond's superior. An agent that matches Bond's physical abilities but recognizes the power that technology affords him. While Bond is used to the days of exploding pens, this is a man who can cripple a country with a laptop. The limits that Silva pushes Bond to are psychological. Knowing that his body and mind are no longer fit enough for service and that M lied to him, Bond is forced to question his mother figure, his purpose and his ability to do the job. When Silva makes Bond shoot the glass of the top of Severine's head it is not to test his marksmanship but to punish him psychologically. Bond could have saved her were he not a broken shell of his former self and he knows it. It is a match of wits and although Bond plays it cool throughout, Silva knows exactly what buttons to push.

Even when captured Silva is clearly dangerous. He always seems to be in control, like it is all part of the plan. When M feels like she has to explain herself to Bond you know Silva has gotten under her skin. We then find out that it was all part of the plan and Bond realizes that the only chance of beating him is by turning the table on Silva and stop playing the game by his rules (which leads to an excellent reversal of the Bond infiltrating the villain's fortress tradition).

In the end Silva's weakness is also thing that fuels him. The only time he isn't in control is when M is in the picture. Bardem's performance when Silva takes out his mouth piece to reveal his hidden deformity, sells the pain he has gone through because of M's actions. Nothing will take away the physical and psychological damage that has been inflicted on him and part of him realizes that. In the third act, his obsession with M blindsides him and he falls into Bond's trap. The closer he gets to achieving his goal the more careless he gets and in the end he breaks down. He's a monster that just wants to be released from his pain.

Silva is is well designed, well executed and extremely well acted. Maybe I read too much into it but for me he is a villain that is reminiscent of Heath Ledger's Joker, Anthony Hopkin's Hannibal Lecter, Gary Oldman's Stansfield, Sean Bean's Alec Trevelyan and even the shark from Jaws. That's not bad company to be keeping.


Excellent post, QB - I'm surprised given your start date that you've not posted much before but some more of this kind of analysis would be very welcome around here.


Thanks. I sometimes post when I feel passionate about a film or topic but generally I feel like I'm wasting my time with some of the trolls that frequent the comment boards and get put off.

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