Skyfall Script

While I was freezing at the barn I had this realization of just how good the SKYFALL script actually was.  For some reason I was thinking about the moment where Bond tells the old family retainer, “Some men are coming to kill us.  We’re going to kill them first.”  Then I remembered M taking a few shots, and she misses.  She bitches to Bond that she was a terrible shot.  Which is a lovely symmetry with Moneypenny, and how she fails to make the shot in the beginning of the film and hits Bond.  MoneyPenny leaves field work, and you wonder if that was the same trajectory that M took all those years ago.

It’s those little touches that make a script just sing.

I realize as I’ve written this that it might come across as “girls can’t shoot straight”, but that wasn’t how it played because you know M is the smartest, toughest person in any room, and I took it as an indication that Moneypenny might be the next M in twenty or so years.

3 Responses to Skyfall Script

  • Darlene M. Stapp says:

    You got my interest – can’t but have to wait. You go lady … where no writer has gone before and that’s the way it looks to me.

  • Rebecca Hewett says:

    I was struck at how they did M’s behavior at the hearing, as the politician is telling her how she and her branch are obsolete because there are no more threats and M is arguing that there will always be threats, but from new and unknown places. M just calmly sits there, knowing that someone is coming to assassinate her, but purposely endangering her life and everyone else’s in the room to prove her point to the clueless politician when the assassin shoots up the place. It was a hell of a stunt to keep her branch funded.

    I love she was written with such sense of purpose, calm demeanor, (if you’ll pardon use of the term) balls, dedication to her beliefs, and faith in the ability of her people. Yet at the same time, I’ve never gotten the impression in any of the movies that she is heartless. Just the consummate professional in a job that requires true life and death decisions.

    I will truly miss Judy Dench’s M.

  • Melinda Snodgrass says:

    Yes, she was just wonderful in the role, and I love how Feinnes makes the point that she’s got a soft spot for Bond. Probably the only person who ever got under her skin. And he, as the psychologically damaged orphan was always challenging yet wanting to please this mother-figure.

    Just great stuff.

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