JAMES BOND RISES
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.