November 24, 2012
A Deeper Bond
Skyfall is the capstone of Craig's introspective portrayal of James Bond. It's about relationship, ones origins, weaknesses, and passing breaking points to reveal what's truly essential. Relationships are foregrounded. In this case, M is the Freudian "Mum," although thankfully not in the tradition of Oedipus. The Bond that emerges from the cathartic drama is both stronger and more human--a welcome departure from the traditional hero in action films, including past Bond films, where strength is gained by being less human, not more.
His counterpoint, the villain, Silvian, is the miscreant Bond, the bitter step-child of MI-6, and more particularly M. James' loyalty to M and MI-6 become all the more striking. M adds to the poinancy with her vunerability and passion for the job.
Don't worry, the movie is still full of action and inhumane mayhem, but somehow you come away feeling that wasn't the point. Well done Steven Craig! Well done Judy Dench!
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