Film: James Bond- Skyfall
Release Date: November 8, 2012 Rating: PG-13
Genre: Action Run Time: 143 min Director: Sam Mendes Cast: Daniel Craig, Judi Dench, Javier Bardem, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Ben Whishaw, Albert Finney
Since it’s opening in early November, the latest instalment of James Bond seems to have been a hit with audiences around the world. The film has already earned 350 million internationally, and critics and Bond enthusiasts have been describing Skyfall as “possibly the best” action film of 2012.
The film is a classic villain and hero story and it’s name is derived from Bond’s childhood home, Skyfall Lodge and the setting for the film’s finale and victory.
The film reveals the tale of a man arising after being left for dead to defeat the threat of evil for the victory of all humankind. Sound familiar? Well that’s because it, the film has startling resemblances to the life of Jesus and His resurrection.
For someone like me, action films are just not my thing but I found the script a good emotional rollercoaster mix of humour, suspense, and action. It has some intensely violent sequences, some scenes of sexuality, bad language and smoking but at the same time subtle biblical messages throughout.
The film opens with a high speed chase that does not end well for Bond; and without giving too much away, Bond is left believed to be dead underwater.
Bond is known for his insatiable appetite for beautiful women, and this has stayed true to the generic series conventions, with winking flirtations, and good chemistry between him and an agent-in-training. Guess what her name was? Eve, also known Ms Moneypenny played by Naomi Harris.
During the course of the film the smooth and indestructible British superspy is broken down into an ordinary, troubled man who is fallible; unlike his predecessors, Bond has a serious drinking and smoking problem stemming from a childhood trauma.
The Power of Resurrection
His resurrection inversely elevates him out of the water into a regenerated man, unlike when figures come back from the dead in traditional Hollywood films only to kick butt. I couldn’t help but see startling resemblances to James Bond 007 and Jesus Christ’s resurrection which defies science and reason. Bond’s return serves a purpose to remove the threat of evil and danger from the world just like Christ did. The computer message in the film, ‘Think on your sins’ reminds us as spectators about the sins of the world, hence the importance of a Saviour.
The villain – a sadistic cyber-terrorist named Silva (Javier Bardem) – is also something of a resurrected man like Bond, who had once been left behind in the field of work.When Silva reveals why he did it, the audience realise that the miracle resurrection in both Bond and Silva represent opposing responses to being betrayed.
Baptism by Immersion
When Jesus rose again, and when we are baptised a whole new creation emerges, introducing a world full of new potential and possibility. The resurrection of James doesn’t leave us as passive, helpless spectators, instead we find ourselves lifted up in baptism like James was lifted and set free.
The regenerated James Bond shows us the power of baptism by immersion and the power of new-life and restoration in Him. It is precisely because of this regeneration that we us human beings can continually be revived and renewed.
The Prodigal Son
In a bizarre way, the film does suggest that James Bond is like the son of childless ‘M’ the super boss lady played by Judy Dench, and the mother figure of the film. In the scene where she asks Bond ‘Where have you been? Why didn’t you call?’ I was reminded of the story of Joseph in the bible, the favoured and prodigal son. ‘M’ always believed in Bond despite his faults and in her dying words she reveals that he was her best recruit for the job. In the closing scene James Bond tells ‘M’ to go to the chapel for safety, as believers we know that this is the ultimate place of safety in times of trouble.
Skyfall, is a stark reminder of new life in Christ, and a new life of righteousness.
The film ends with James Bond’s messianic mission fulfilled, and the restoration of the earth. The lesson for all of us as spectators is to hold on to our faith, remain submitted and do good even in challenging circumstances.