This is the closest thing to a plot spoiler in this post: M (Judi Dench) left Bond a taped message telling Bond that Silva--born Tiago Rodriguez--(Javier Bardem) was in a plot to blow up an arena there and Bond needed to stop it (something to this effect, anyway). Watching Skyfall again, I realized all the imagery Silva had incorporated into his messages and, at some point during the events of Skyfall, M must have figured out what Silva was plotting and, figuring there was a good chance she wouldn't make it out of the debacle alive--and, even if she did, she was being forced into retirement by the Prime Minister because of her mis-handling of the stolen computer disc of NATO agents in terrorist organizations--M leaves Bond with one last mission.
"Well, I got into some deep water," Bond replies, referring to the under ice-water battle from which he just emerged and still managed to save M from being shot in the head by Silva. The "deep water" is a pun, and one of the many we get to enjoy in Skyfall (like when Moneypenny tells Bond, "I'm sure we'll have one or two close shaves," referring to when she gave him a shave in Macau). The reason puns and innuendos are important is because they have to be interpreted in order to be understood (please recall, if you will, in Guardians of the Galaxy when Rocket the raccoon explains that Drax comes from a planet where everything is taking literally, he doesn't know how to interpret something "going over his head" because his reflexes are much too fast for something to go over his head,.... we don't want to be like Drax!). So, when there is one aspect of a narrative which begs interpreting, that means there are other invitations as well, we just have to look a bit harder for it.
|From Austria to the Sahara, the snow to the desert. Such landscapes contribute to, or even become, characterization. Not knowing what part of the film this scene plays out in, we do know that the drama of change will have something to do with Bond's inner-self. For example, when Blofeld tells Bond, "I was the author of all your pain," that is more than likely going to have some overtures to the death of Vespers in Casino Royale because of Mr. White's involvement with that whole affair, and we know that Quantum is a subsidiary of Spectre. The change in landscape might mean he's becoming more attached to Madeline, who is there with him, but Bond doesn't have the interior resources to nurture nor sustain a healthy relationship (the desert of the heart, so to speak). Regarding "Madeline," we know it is a form of "magnificent," which is what Q calls the Aston Martin, but others have also linked her name to an episode in Volume One Swann's Way by Marcel Proust, an epic work about memory and involuntary memory; given that Dr. Madeline Swann is a psychologist, she is going to have something to do with an important memory, or, indeed, may be a metaphor of Bond's memory.|
We are not now that strength which in old days
Moved earth and heaven; that which we are, we are;
One equal temper of heroic hearts,
Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will
To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.
If we see the bulldog wrapped in the Union Jack, that will be an echo of this poem. I am going to see the first showing Friday afternoon, I was going to go to the late Thursday showing, but I will be too tired to concentrate, so I will work like the Dickens to get that post done and up asap!
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