Things to love
[Becareful there are a few mild spoilers in this post] .
There was lots to enjoy in this year’s Bond offering, Sky Fall…
This is the best looking Bond film bar none
– I loved the lighting of the scene as Bond visited Macau looked amazing in the 4K cinema that I saw it in.
– Similarly the Scottish countryside (lit by fire) was pretty impressive too
2. Daniel Craig
I liked a bit more of the emotional engagement from Daniel Craig, I still think he is a bit wooden. A few tears at the end and a bit of angry pouting at the beginning. And of course Craig had impeccable timing for cufflink checking in the opening sequence.
Silva – What is your Hobby?
Bond – Resurrection
Bond has been reinvented over the years a little like his compatriot Dr Who – who has to been regenerated on a regular basis.
– as someone who believes Orphans need to be given every opportunity in life (see this amazing video) loved to see Bond’s backstory highlighted here.
James Bond gets all Sherlock Holmes (his other resurrected / reinvented compatriot) when he enters the casino bar in Macau. He explains to Sévérine that he knows all about the fact that she was trafficked into the sex industry as a young girl. Bond promises to rescue her. But at his first opportunity he sneaks up on her in a shower and seduces her. This eventually leads to her death. So not a great angle on the Trafficking question. The horrors of the Sex Trafficking are too awful for Bond to promise to be a saviour, then use the woman in the film and show virtually no remorse when she dies. It seems to encourage rather than challenge the way that trafficked women are used as objects rather than respected as persons.
[ My friend Mark Meynell just pointed me to another reviewer who raises similar questions about the role of women in the film]
I am ashamed that women are still compelled to watch movies in which the three female outcomes are: 1) xxx dies, and is replaced by a man; 2) The young abuse victim is shagged by Bond and then killed for a joke; and 3) The pretty girl who manages to remain chaste despite Bond’s ‘charms’ is rewarded at the end with a job as his secretary. It is a sick, reactionary, depressing film.” Giles Coren
Am I being too picky – expecting too much? I didn’t mention the niggles I had with the “ejector seat” gag, the bull dog or making the Aston Martin part of the final showdown. Overall I did enjoy the movie – not sure it was my best Bond ever. I still rate Sean Bean as the best Bond Baddie ever – who is yours?