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Again, strolling away from Mr C, and his work, but really, in defense of all that is holy, let me say just this:

Oh, by Hextor, and by the three moons of Krynn!

I just returned from the theater, and James Bond’s latest adventure, Skyfall. An otherwise engaging movie, it features a scene that will go on to pass into movie history as a moment of singular campiness:

At the turning point of the movie, M, played by Judi Dench, recites the following lines from Tennyson’s “Ulysses”:

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.

She does so slowly, and accompanied by this piece of music:

And this is just so bad, on so many levels. Not just because it again, breaks down the gritty realism of Craig’s Bond, and turns an otherwise thrilling plot into a sea of cheese, but also because it so immensely cheapens Tennyson. Because James Bond’s M is simply not a character of this kind of depth, and because, if you look at it even at an allegorical level, the scene itself carries no meaning whatsoever – other than, small spoiler here, to prepare the hero’s dramatic entrance.

This is, hands down, the silliest montage for a heroic character since the Mariner came back for the girl in Waterworld, and the single dumbest line in a Hollywood flick ostensibly aimed at an adult male audience since Ridley’s Scott had Robin Hood say something along the lines of “my home is my castle”.

Well, on the plus side, at least somebody somewhere still reads Tennyson. 😉

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