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Chillin’ Like a Villain -Lots of Skyfall Spoilers

A Bond film is only as good as its villain.

After all, what is the point of having a protagonist like James Bond if the opposition is uninteresting and easily defeated? Javier Bardem’s recent turn as number 1 baddie in Skyfall has been critically acclaimed and praised by James Bond aficionados. As Raoul Silva, Bardem embodies the psychotic and diabolical legacy of the greatest foes of her majesty’s secret service.

He has a seemingly unending war chest:

Whether building an underwater city or a space station, paying for a private army or buying off government officials, taking on James Bond is an expensive prospect. Throughout the series, it’s clear that going up against 007 is a game for the 1 percent. As a cyber terrorist, Silva certainly fits the bill. He has the ability to bring down a nation’s economy or devalue its currency utilizing only a few keystrokes. Silva certainly has the resources to keep him in private island status… and a real private island.

He has a personal vendetta:

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Previous vendettas range from wanting to kill Bond himself to destroying all of western civilization. The constant among Bond villains is that they have (at least in their minds) been wronged, and they intend to get even in an elaborate fashion. The antagonist’s passion for destruction must be greater than Bond’s desire to stop it.

Feeling abandoned by the government he once proudly served and placing all of his hate solely on Judy Dench’s ‘M’, Silva is out for vengeance. Plots against the head of the British Secret Service are nothing new; in the novels, the concept of getting even with “M” goes all the way back to the Kingsley Aims penned story Colonel Sun. This device is also used in the film The World is not Enough.

He has a physical deformity:

Dr. No had metal hands. Blofeld had that scar on his face. Scaramanga had a superfluous papilla…an excess mammary… a third nipple.

This one is not a hard and fast rule, but it applies more often than not. Silva has what may be the best deformity in the series: his jaw was dissolved by hydrogen cyanide. The reveal in Skyfall was among the most disturbing moments on film.

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His determination results in disregard for human life:

It seems to be a given that once the mistress of the villain falls prey to Bond’s charms, she will be killed. Often the body of the “Bond Girl” will be left on display. Silva very unceremoniously dispatches his mistress by shooting her in the head and leaving her lifeless body chained to the granite feet of a statue. This is, of course, done to inform us that he is a stone cold killer and is only keeping our hero alive because he needs him.

So how does Bardem’s Silva stack up against the best of the worst from MI6’s rogues gallery? In the sadistic Silva, we see new blood. Is he the end result of Bond’s lifestyle? Gone are the elaborate death traps and super secret hideouts. The plan is not executed from an observation room, but  instead it is instigated in person by Silva. There are no henchmen with special abilities or equipment. There are no poison tipped shoes or giants wearing metal teeth.

Though we know he cannot succeed, we believe he could. That is the genius of Bardem’s Silva and what ranks him among the best villains in the Bond series.

Who are some of your favorite James Bond villains?

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The Rise and Skyfall a New James Bond Era — Spoiler Free

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It has been 50 years since Dr No introduced us to James Bond. Since then, Ian Fleming’s master spy has been portrayed by six actors in 23 films. Skyfall, the most recent entry in the 007 cannon, has a lot to live up to, as does the current Bond actor, Daniel Craig.  After the lukewarm reception of Quantum of Solace, Skyfall is a make or break moment –not just for Craig but for the future of the entire franchise.

The character of James Bond has always existed just beyond the plain of reality. He’s a man who jumps out of helicopter, wins a mid air fistfight, and lands in the backyard of a beautiful woman, never breaking a sweat and without a single hair out of place.

Craig’s Bond is different. He gets beaten; he gets bruised; most importantly, he bleeds. He lacks the lighter side of the Roger Moore era. He is a killer, cold and calculating.

This time around, we see Bond with scars and all. He is visibly and mentally shaken; he is almost human.

Skyfall is about resurrection. The world has changed. The spy game is no longer about one nation attempting to learn the actions of another. The enemies of a nation are nameless, faceless, and never do their dirty work in person.

Is espionage even relevant in the information age? Does England need James Bond?

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Choosing a woman to play the character of M was a big deal in 1995. Dame Judi Dench was a fantastic choice for the role of Bond’s boss. She has been the perfect foil to the Bonds of both Brosnan and Craig. In fact, she was the only thing carried over into the reboot series.

The problem for Dench’s M during the Brosnan era was that there was nothing for her to do. What was the point of showcasing an empowered woman if she spent each film sidelined or kidnapped?

In Skyfall, we see M in all of her glory. Her leadership is on display and her back and forth with Bond provides many of the lighter moments in the film.

On the surface, the movie seeks to destroy the past. Many treasured relics from the bygone era are brought onscreen just long enough for us to wave goodbye. Several are reborn into this reality, most notably the character of Q. The meeting between Bond and the new quartermaster is dripping with homage and reverence for the past, while at the same time celebrating the new.

Skyfall brings to a close your father’s James Bond. In many ways, it cleans out the closet. It takes the dusty keepsakes out one last time, dwells for just a second, then packs them away for good. What we are left with is a new Bond for a new world. A Bond that has confronted his own demons, as well as those of England, and emerged to defend Queen and Country no matter what.

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New Skyfall Trailer!

We at The Cool Ship love James Bond. We were more than a little excited when we saw that this trailer released today.

What do you think?

Is there any way Ralph Fiennes is a good guy? Is James Bond going full Batman? A new Q?!

Check it out. Be excited.

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