Skyfall

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Skyfall (2012)

Skyfall (2012) (Photo credit: Stijn Vogels)

Last night, I watched Skyfall, and after hearing and reading negative reviews about this film, I actually quite enjoyed it. There were a number of women of color in the film (all three Bond girls were WOC, w00t!). In typical fashion, because it’s a James Bond film, women do not talk to each other as well as racial minorities, so it failed the Race/POC Bechdel test. It’s saddening really, at least three strong women characters, and none of them talked to each other. The only exception is it barely passes the Bechdel Test, at the very beginning M sending commands to who discover by the end to be Eve Moneypenny. Thats 2 named women (ok so Eve is revealed at the end, whatevs).

I thought all of the acting performances were brilliant, especially Javier Bardem as Raoul Silva. Just genius. One of the curious messages from the film I got was from M’s quote that “orphans make the best recruits” for MI-6. The nation-state adopts and rescues the orphan from the social violence of exclusion, only so that that orphan may one day grow up to be a person who returns this act of love by exerting violence onto the nation-state’s enemies.

Still, a good movie. Can’t decide if it’s better than my favorite Bond film, “Live And Let Die” yet.

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  1. Okay, you’ve got me intrigued. I would have thought that Live and Let Die, jam-packed as it is with mostly-unsympathetic stereotypic Black tropes (Scary Black Man, inability to use proper grammar, Black Men Want White Women, “Jive Turkey” slang, Spooky Voodoo People, etc) would have been your least favorite Bond film. What redeems it in your eyes? (Aside, of course, from Geoffrey Holder’s impressive laugh)

    • Hey Charles!

      Yah, I know that the “Live And Let die” was filled with racial stereotypes, especially for the first 90 minutes. It also stereotypes unfairly Southern white people during the last car chase of that film. I think I am a fan of Solitaire (Jane Seymour of the Original BSG & Dr Quinn Medicine woman fame). As problematic as the film is with its racial stereotypes, and Bond’s seduction of Solitaire, I think it’s the one I enjoy the most. I can watch it over and over.

      also, lastly, Pierce Brosnan is terrible.

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