Skyfall – the latest 007 Bond – is quite a philosophical movie that focuses on the theme of ‘death’.

Time has come that even Bond ponders if his work, patriotism or nationalism is worth dying for after a mission in Turkey where he was accidently shot by an accomplice.

At the start of the movie, while chasing a mercenary to recover a hard disk drive containing the name list of all NATO agents in Terrorists organisations, Bond discovers an agent who was shot but still alive.

While reporting to his boss ‘M’, she tells him quite heartlessly to leave the guy and chase after the mercenary to recover the name list. Although help is sent, the guy did not make it.

After being shot, while struggling with the mercenary on a moving train (incredible feat!), Bond was later considered “missing and presumed dead”, and does not even call his boss to tell her that he is still alive.

She writes an obituary about him and sells his flat – “as is the standard operating procedure for all unmarried agents without a next of kin”.

When he returned to work and was told this, he had felt the coldness of her words and yet that was the reality of his life.

He could have stayed “dead” but he returns after the British secret service M16 is bombed and several colleagues are dead.

Bond later ponders where does humanity, kindness, faith or trust for others figure in this the kind of work he does.

For a moment there, he feels like giving it all up and disappearing (like I sometimes feel like doing!), but returns because there is a sense of duty; or perhaps, that is the only way he knows how to live.

And because his boss needs him to go after the crooks who blew up M16 and killed some of the agents, Bond is allowed to return to work despite failing the fitness test – bending rules to achieve political expediency?

And while on this mission in Shanghai and Macau, Bond is forced to review his own work methods when he meets the villain – another fellow agent gone mad – Silva, who needs only the click of a mouse to achieve his aims – whether it is blowing up a building or a train station.

“All this running around is tiring,” he later tells Bond, who moments earlier has already realised that things have changed or transformed around him especially technology.

But Bond is Bond, and he is not giving up. He returns to what he knows best, to methods which he is the expert, to places he is familiar with, to deal with the villains in his head, and in his work.

And typical as life is, Bond takes us back to his home – Skyfall – the title of the movie – where it all started for him as where he came from is as important as where he is heading.

As it is for all of us. Sometimes to die is also to live. Again.

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9 responses »

  1. Ho Ho Ho says:

    Ho :lol: Ho :lol: Ho :lol:
    :lol: Good one,Susan ;) :lol:

    Ho :lol: Ho :lol: Ho :lol:

  2. Ellese says:

    You summarize the plot well. But man I did not feel it had that depth to be philosophical. To me it’s still superficial and not enough depth for us to ponder or think to such level. The batman series are much better making us ponder and contemplate the reaction and motives of people. This bond just didn’t do enough for us to empathize and sympathize with the characters.

  3. rebena says:

    hmm.. Umno is getting ready to snap Kedah. PR is spearhead to capture some constituency in Sabah, Sarawak, Johor, while reserve Selangor, Penang etc

  4. rebena says:

    Happy Christmas and Happy New Year to Susan, Ho Ho Ho, wits0 etc

  5. rebena says:

    Hi Ho Ho Ho and frens;

    China leads in illicit outflows, MALAYSIA RUNNER-UP !!!!!!

    Malaysia is related with 2000Million ringgit for year 2010 ;… ai yo … :( !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. Ho Ho Ho says:

    Ho :lol: Ho :lol: Ho :lol:
    :lol: Merry Christmas to Rebena ….God bless all and GE 13th is coming soon after CNY…n the CORRUPTED one will be booOOO + moooOOO out soon… ;) :lol:

    Ho :lol: Ho :lol: Ho :lol:

  7. hutchrun says:

    I`d say Bond was very lucky to be able to go back to work after being listed dead.

    He had it easy. An ordinary person would have had one heck of a time going thru the red tape of being re-listed “alive” before going back to work :)

    I guess, it helps if you work in MI5.

  8. rebena says:

    Hi Susan, Ho Ho Ho,…
    Let the polling day come soon.. Time to allow be end to be perish.. mkuty and bad project IC …

  9. Ho Ho Ho says:

    Ho :lol: Ho :lol: Ho :lol
    :lol: Susan zzzZZZZzzzz or MIA !!! :lol:

    Ho :lol: Ho :lol: Ho :lol:

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