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Nicholas said in November 28th, 2012 at 1:37 pm

Not only might Bond come from a recusant family, but it seems the whole movie is an ode to tradition. Older elements of spycraft are praised, resurrected, and shown to be effective and useful; older features and modalities of the Bond franchise are resurrected (Bond even says his hobby is “resurrection”). A list:

1) resorting to Churchill’s bunker after the attack on MI6;
2) meeting Q in a museum;
3) the Walther PPK and old school radio transmitter;
4) the Aston Martin (a pure replica, it seems to me, out of Goldfinger);
5) Bond’s ancestral estate, with its priest hole and chapel;
6) the Bond family faithful retainer, played by Albert Finney;
7) the death of the old, female M;
8) the installation of a new, male M;
9) the resurrection of Moneypenny’s character;
10) the return to the old office, with the leather-bound door of the old Connery movies;
11) several lines of dialogue about the “old way” and doing things “old-fashioned,” one in connection with a hunting knife;
12) with which knife Bond kills the bad guy–in the chapel, where Christ’s victory over Satan was commemorated innumerable times in the renewal of the sacrifice.

That’s just off the top of my head. I’m sure one could expatiate at length about, e.g., the fact that Bond “dies” in (or just outside) Constantinople (where the Roman empire died); or the fact that a parliamentary hearing is being held on the viability of MI6 in the “modern” world and that said hearing is violently adjourned by the arrival of a very modern criminal, a kind of technological evil genius, whose computer skills are off the charts (Facebook and Google, anyone?). Novel technology is the villain’s; good, old, traditional methods and tools are the hero’s.

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