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Skyfall was lovely, as I had heard. (And it had damned well better have been--I've been holding my breath for years waiting for it to come out!) And I appreciate how a million slash writers must have exploded from joy*. But it makes me sad, because it feels like the end of the era that took a franchise I had enjoyed since I was eight and turned it into something I loved passionately. I could be wrong, of course, and perhaps I am, but gadgets and bad jokes are not what I ever loved about Bond, and the return to more traditional trappings makes me a bit nervous.

On the other hand, if they're prepping Eve to become the next M, then everything will be just fine.

As a bonus, it really drove home one of the problems I've been having with Isyllt IV. Sadly, it did not present a neat solution.

* The train, though. That was a little... Phallic. We get it already, people!

Date: 2012-11-11 02:36 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I thought it was the best sort of send-off they could have given her. And even if people don't want to factor in the sheer practicalities behind the decision--Dench's impending retirement from acting as a whole topmost amongst them--you also sort of have to factor in M being at least as old as Dench and having been under attack as institutional head for as long as this part of the series has been going on. She wouldn't have survived in her current position even if she'd survived physically, and while Moneypenny may indeed end up as the next version (as people are already predicting), Mallory makes the most sense to take the part in the interim. (I can actually see the next three movies being about Bond mentoring others the way he's been mentored; he tried it already with Camille Montes, and that worked out okay.)

I was amused by the fact that I began the film in fear for Bond because suddenly, he was making calls out of human compassion; "Oh, that's not good," I caught myself thinking. In a lesser movie, the process of rescarification--with M's death sealing the crack Vesper opened in him, back in Casino Royale--would have been the end-game, but not here: Here, it's about taking your flaws, accepting them, and turning weaknesses into strengths as you play from faith, not fear. No matter the trappings and accoutrements, Bond will not return entirely to the classic franchise formula mold, I believe; not on Craig's watch, anyhow.

Date: 2012-11-11 03:23 am (UTC)
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Part of me wishes to see Eve engage in some Sandbaggers style intraoffice skullduggery while Bond is out in the field. "I've been trading threats with Box. Not sure which enemy is worse; the ones in the field who shoot at you, or the ones back home who ask you to lunch at the club."
Edited Date: 2012-11-11 03:23 am (UTC)


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