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Anybody who's seen Skyfall knows that during a pivotal scene, the question of whether or not MI6 is still necessary is brought up. M says that yes it is and I bought her reasoning because it was a well written speech and it was Judi Dench who was saying it. However, getting away from the movie world and coming back to reality, the question still remains. Sadly, my answer is "I don't know" because I don't really pay much attention to the politics of the UK and I don't live there. However, I'm sure there are a few Spillios who do pay attention and/or live there and, to them, I ask if M's argument was sound or was that other lady right to question the necessity of MI6?
And yes, I know that they were really just trying to find a way to punish M for the recent tragic events of the movie, but I still found the question to be an interesting one.
OK first of all I take my hat off to Santos for asking some questions worth answering.
I have seen Skyfall (not impressed) but I honestly can't remember a single word from the scene where Judi Dench defends MI6 but that said the answer is yes MI6 is needed and very much so. The world has changed, there was a time when we British had to worry about the IRA blowing our shit up and nowadays we worry about the Islamic extremists. The culprits and their motives have changed but the dangers are still sadly there.
Also I pass the MI6 building everyday on the way to work and it's pretty much exactly what it looks like on TV.
Dench pretty much said what you said.
Really? Oh... good! :D
Admittedly, I don't remember exactly what she said either, but she was basically making your point and while watching the movie my overall feeling was, "That's right, honey. You tell those bureaucratic no-nothings what's what,".
Crap! I meant to say "know-nothings".
You call Judi Dench "honey" what the heck's the matter with you? Oh wait are you into... "mature" ladies? :P
Yea, that poem Dench read was not only out of character for a razor sharp, tough woman but completely forgettable.
I'll admit that the poem was the one weak part of that scene. Otherwise, I thought, "This lady has a point. I'm on her side,". However, when she quoted the poem I couldn't help but roll my eyes. Btw, everything following Silva's capture were the best parts of the movie for me. I thought it dragged up to that point.
I just thought the poem was un-necessary. Dench is so eloquent, a writer can come up with something smarter to say. Reason why I was irritated with that scene, it was just tacked on so drag out Bardem's stalking her at the court house.
The other head shaker was why MI-6 didn't send the military to come after Bardem even after telling them where he is going. would have been more dynamic watching Bond survive Bardem but also the military is not going to chance a former spy escaping, it could have been more dynamic and theatrical as is, it was nice but not anything I haven't seen before.
What I got from that scene was that the woman questioning M just came across as such a total bitch it was impossible to take what she was saying seriously, and I don't know anyone in their right mind who would question the need for MI6 or some type of secret service in this day and age.
The scene also reminded me of something that people in the UK have gotten very used to seeing in recent years, which is televised public enquiries, where witnesses are brought infront of a panel of experts to invistigate issues such as corruption in the media, police or government. Often the witnesses are people in high office or positions of power and influence, notable examples being Tony Blair, David Cameron and Rupert Murdoch, and it often becomes an opportunity to bring the mighty and powerful down a peg or two with some hostile questioning. Even though the scene with M wasn't televised, I'm sure they were trying to be topical by giving it a similar feel.
Except of course for that poem, which I thought was just a protentious and rather stupid attempt at bein all clever about what James Bond represents in British culture. They might as well have Dame Judy read a poem called 'Why James Bond is well cool which means Britain is cool aswell' :p
LOL. I now want that poem to exist.
This is a dumb question but why was the film called Skyfall? What was falling from the sky?