History Film / Skyfall

11th Dec '17 12:17:07 PM DustSnitch
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* BadassGrandpa: Kincade, an OldRetainer who takes out a number of Silva's mooks with a [[ShotgunsAreJustBetter double-barreled shotgun]].
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* ForEverythingThereIsAFirstTime: after ''49 years'' of successfully dodging bullets, 007 finally manages to get himself shot---''twice!''---in ''Skyfall'''s opening chase sequence. It has a profound effect on him throughout the better part of the first half of the movie.
8th Dec '17 12:55:23 PM xcountryguy
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* ActionGirl: MI6 field agent Eve. Bonus points for her being [[spoiler: [[SexySecretary Miss Moneypenny]]]].

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* ActionGirl: MI6 field agent Eve. Bonus points for her being [[spoiler: [[SexySecretary [[spoiler:[[SexySecretary Miss Moneypenny]]]].



-->[[spoiler: '''Eve Moneypenny''']]: I'm sure we'll have one or two close shaves.

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-->[[spoiler: '''Eve -->[[spoiler:'''Eve Moneypenny''']]: I'm sure we'll have one or two close shaves.



** In the movie itself, you do learn his actual name, which is [[spoiler:Tiago Rodriguez]].

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** %%** In the movie itself, you do learn his actual name, which is [[spoiler:Tiago Rodriguez]].



** And later [[spoiler: when Silva forces Bond into a contest to see who can shoot a glass of whiskey off Serverine's head]], we have this snippet.

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** And later [[spoiler: when [[spoiler:when Silva forces Bond into a contest to see who can shoot a glass of whiskey off Serverine's head]], we have this snippet.



*** He's noticeably angered when [[spoiler:Silva has his men in the helicopter shoot it to bits.]]

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*** %%*** He's noticeably angered when [[spoiler:Silva has his men in the helicopter shoot it to bits.]]



** "Skyfall" is mentioned early on, and is the only part of the word association test that he doesn't have a witty response to. It turns out to be [[spoiler: his family home, where he lived after his parents died in a freak accident.]]

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** "Skyfall" is mentioned early on, and is the only part of the word association test that he doesn't have a witty response to. It turns out to be [[spoiler: his [[spoiler:his family home, where he lived after his parents died in a freak accident.]]



* ArtisticLicenseBiology: Komodo Dragons are hunters (and scavengers), not fighters. They tend to wait until their prey is too weak to fight before they attack [[note]]If you're curious, their mouths are a veritable Petri dish of potentially lethal bacteria (specifically, ''E. coli, Staphylococcus sp., Providencia sp., Proteus morgani'', and ''P. mirabilis)'', and they are known to possess venom glands[[/note]]. They do this to conserve energy, as they are large and cold-blooded. They wouldn't retreat into the shade, as they want to stay in the light (preferably the sun's light) to stay warm.
** Unless the shaded areas are heated, allowing for the spectacle of them coming out to feed as opposed to just sitting there.
* ArtisticLicenseChemistry: Hydrogen cyanide does not dissolve tooth and bone as is depicted. It is a colorless, odorless gas that causes death by cutting off cell respiration. However, it's possible that the cyanide capsule included acid in order to release the poison, and that this particular capsule simply contained too much acid and too little cyanide (though this would still make Silva wrong, as he specifically blames the cyanide, but perhaps he is simply not well-versed on the subject, or was just ignoring the technicalities).
** The capsule would have been designed to be ''swallowed'', not bitten into, and so the acid would quicken the corrosion of the casing itself (rather than wait for stomach acids to do it like with your pills). If Silva didn't know how to take his poison, it's unlikely he knows how it works.

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* ArtisticLicenseBiology: Komodo Dragons are hunters (and scavengers), and scavengers, not fighters. They tend to wait until their prey is too weak to fight before they attack [[note]]If you're curious, their mouths are a veritable Petri dish of potentially lethal bacteria (specifically, ''E. coli, Staphylococcus sp., Providencia sp., Proteus morgani'', and ''P. mirabilis)'', and they are known to possess venom glands[[/note]]. They do this to conserve energy, as they are large and cold-blooded. They wouldn't retreat into the shade, as they want to stay in the light (preferably the sun's light) to stay warm.
** Unless the shaded areas are heated, allowing for the spectacle of them coming out to feed as opposed to just sitting there.
* ArtisticLicenseChemistry: Hydrogen cyanide does not dissolve tooth and bone as is depicted. It is a colorless, odorless gas that causes death by cutting off cell respiration. However, it's possible that the cyanide capsule included acid in order to release the poison, and that this particular capsule simply contained too much acid and too little cyanide (though this cyanide. This would still make Silva wrong, as he specifically blames the cyanide, but perhaps he is simply not well-versed on the subject, or was just ignoring the technicalities).technicalities.
** The capsule would have been designed to be ''swallowed'', not bitten into, and so the acid would quicken the corrosion of the casing itself (rather rather than wait for stomach acids to do it like with your pills).pills. If Silva didn't know how to take his poison, it's unlikely he knows how it works.



* AwesomeButImpractical: Patrice uses armor-piercing depleted uranium rounds, which unsurprisingly are rare enough to allow Bond to track him down easily.

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* AwesomeButImpractical: AwesomeButImpractical:
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Patrice uses armor-piercing depleted uranium rounds, which unsurprisingly are rare enough to allow Bond to track him down easily.



* BaitAndSwitchTyrant: Mallory is introduced as an ObstructiveBureaucrat but he has HiddenDepths; he not only proves himself as a useful badass but is also a ReasonableAuthorityFigure who understands the need of [[CowboyCop out-of-the-box plans]].[[spoiler: Due to these qualities, [[LegacyCharacter he's chosen to become the new M.]]]]

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* BaitAndSwitchTyrant: Mallory is introduced as an ObstructiveBureaucrat but he has HiddenDepths; he not only proves himself as a useful badass but is also a ReasonableAuthorityFigure who understands the need of [[CowboyCop out-of-the-box plans]].[[spoiler: Due [[spoiler:Due to these qualities, [[LegacyCharacter he's chosen to become the new M.]]]]



* {{BFG}}: Bond's AncestralWeapon, a Anderson Wheeler 500 NE Double Rifle chambered for the .500 Nitro Express (a cartridge designed to kill Cape buffalo, rhinos, and ELEPHANTS).
* BigBad: Raoul Silva.

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* {{BFG}}: Bond's AncestralWeapon, a Anderson Wheeler 500 NE Double Rifle chambered for the .500 Nitro Express (a which is a cartridge designed to kill Cape buffalo, rhinos, and ELEPHANTS).
ELEPHANTS.
* BigBad: Raoul Silva.Silva makes all the plots and executes them and even gets hands on with Bond and M.



* BlownAcrossTheRoom: Stopping power seems to be a hallmark of the film, with most gunshots physically knocking their targets back, regardless of the gun that fired them. Eve's shot during the prologue is a prime example, [[spoiler: knocking Bond clear off the train]] with a single shot from an M16 Assault Rifle.

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* BlownAcrossTheRoom: BlownAcrossTheRoom:
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Stopping power seems to be a hallmark of the film, with most gunshots physically knocking their targets back, regardless of the gun that fired them. Eve's shot during the prologue is a prime example, [[spoiler: knocking [[spoiler:knocking Bond clear off the train]] with a single shot from an M16 Assault Rifle.



** Kincade's 12 Gauge is the most prominent example, taking out three men with two shots, and knocking all three off their feet and into the wall.

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** Kincade's 12 Gauge is the most prominent example, taking out three men with two shots, and knocking all three off their feet and into the a wall.



** Bond, [[TropeNamer of course]], most notably, "Last [[spoiler: rat]] standing."

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** Bond, [[TropeNamer of course]], most notably, "Last [[spoiler: rat]] [[spoiler:rat]] standing."



* BoringButPractical: Bond receives two rather unimpressive-looking gadgets from Q: a Walther PPK/S chambered in .380 ACP that only Bond can fire, and an emergency homing beacon. Both turn out to be lifesavers during his mission in Asia.

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* BoringButPractical: BoringButPractical:
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Bond receives two rather unimpressive-looking gadgets from Q: a Walther PPK/S chambered in .380 ACP that only Bond can fire, and an emergency homing beacon. Both turn out to be lifesavers during his mission in Asia.



* BottomlessMagazines: Averted, which is unusual for a ''[[Film/JamesBond Bond]]'' movie. Characters are regularly seen reloading in shootouts, and running out of ammo is also what leads to Bond getting shot in the shoulder during the ActionPrologue.
** Played straight in the prologue: Patrice with his fully-automatic Glock 18 is able to lay down near-continuous fire from the roof of the train and is only seen reloading once. Initially handwaved by his using a drum magazine, though he carries on doing so even after he gets rid of it and switches to regular stick magazines. He's also using "hard to get and extremely expensive" depleted uranium shells -- apparently he had a bottomless wallet, as well, since that uranium must cost quite a fortune (though presumably Silva has the resources to acquire the money needed to buy that much uranium).
* BreakTheHaughty: Q, courtesy of Silva (while he's in MI6 ''custody'')

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* BottomlessMagazines: BottomlessMagazines:
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Averted, which is unusual for a ''[[Film/JamesBond Bond]]'' movie. Characters are regularly seen reloading in shootouts, and running out of ammo is also what leads to Bond getting shot in the shoulder during the ActionPrologue.
** Played straight in the prologue: Patrice with his fully-automatic Glock 18 is able to lay down near-continuous fire from the roof of the train and is only seen reloading once. Initially handwaved by his using a drum magazine, though he carries on doing so even after he gets rid of it and switches to regular stick magazines. He's also using "hard to get and extremely expensive" depleted uranium shells -- apparently he had a bottomless wallet, as well, since that uranium must cost quite a fortune (though presumably Silva has the resources to acquire the money needed to buy that much uranium).
fortune.
* BreakTheHaughty: Q, courtesy of Silva (while he's Silva, while Silva's in MI6 ''custody'')''custody''.



* BreakOutTheMuseumPiece: For the film's climax, James uses a classic Aston Martin [=DB5=] because unlike most of MI6's other vehicles, it lacks any computerized tracking equipment that Silva could use against him. [[spoiler: Not to mention the very same machine guns it had in ''Goldfinger''.]]

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* BreakOutTheMuseumPiece: For the film's climax, James uses a classic Aston Martin [=DB5=] because unlike most of MI6's other vehicles, it lacks any computerized tracking equipment that Silva could use against him. [[spoiler: Not [[spoiler:Not to mention the very same machine guns it had in ''Goldfinger''.]]



* CallBack: The death of Bond's parents and his youth as an orphan, as previously discussed in ''Film/{{GoldenEye}}'' and ''Film/{{Casino Royale|2006}}'' (and a piece of backstory dating back to Fleming's original novels), is a running plot thread through the film.
* CanonCharacterAllAlong: MI6 agent Eve reveals her last name at the end: [[spoiler: Moneypenny]].

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* CallBack: The death of Bond's parents and his youth as an orphan, as previously discussed in ''Film/{{GoldenEye}}'' and ''Film/{{Casino Royale|2006}}'' (and and a piece of backstory dating back to Fleming's original novels), novels, is a running plot thread through the film.
* CanonCharacterAllAlong: MI6 agent Eve reveals her last name at the end: [[spoiler: Moneypenny]].[[spoiler:Moneypenny]].



* CartwrightCurse: [[spoiler:Severine]], like many of the women who sleep with Bond in a given film, ends up getting a bullet later.
** Also averted: This is the first Bond movie starring Daniel Craig in which he sleeps with a girl who does ''not'' die (the unnamed chick he bangs during the vacation montage. And [[spoiler: possibly Eve as well]]).

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* CartwrightCurse: CartwrightCurse:
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[[spoiler:Severine]], like many of the women who sleep with Bond in a given film, ends up getting a bullet later.
** Also averted: This is the first Bond movie starring Daniel Craig in which he sleeps with a girl who does ''not'' die (the die: the unnamed chick woman he bangs sleeps during the vacation montage. And [[spoiler: possibly [[spoiler:possibly Eve as well]]).well]].



* ChangingOfTheGuard: By the end of ''Skyfall'', we're introduced to a new Q, [[spoiler: and a new M and Moneypenny.]]
* ChekhovsGag: Bond's issued gadgets consist of a mildly tricked out Walther PPK/S and a panic button radio. Q snarks about Bond possibly expecting an exploding pen. The joke first pays off when Bond uses the radio to summon TheCavalry, and again [[spoiler: when he digs up a [[WeaponizedCar weaponized Aston Martin [=DB5=].]]]] "Sometimes the old ways are the best", indeed.
** Bond complains when he sees M's tacky china bulldog in the makeshift HQ ("The whole office goes up in smoke and that bloody thing survives?"). [[spoiler:Guess what M leaves for 007 in her will?]]

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* ChangingOfTheGuard: By the end of ''Skyfall'', we're introduced to a new Q, [[spoiler: and [[spoiler:and a new M and Moneypenny.]]
* ChekhovsGag: ChekhovsGag:
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Bond's issued gadgets consist of a mildly tricked out Walther PPK/S and a panic button radio. Q snarks about Bond possibly expecting an exploding pen. The joke first pays off when Bond uses the radio to summon TheCavalry, and again [[spoiler: when [[spoiler:when he digs up a [[WeaponizedCar weaponized Aston Martin [=DB5=].]]]] "Sometimes the old ways are the best", indeed.
** Bond complains when he sees M's tacky china bulldog in the makeshift HQ ("The HQ. [[spoiler:Guess what M leaves for 007 in her will?]]
-->'''Bond''': The
whole office goes up in smoke and that bloody thing survives?"). [[spoiler:Guess what M leaves for 007 in her will?]]survives?"



* ComplexityAddiction: Silva's plans, befitting a Bond villain, are far more complicated than they need to be, but wouldn't be nearly as fun to watch otherwise. For example, he has a sniper shoot his way to the top of an office building to assassinate a man in the building opposite, even though the target is already ''surrounded'' by Silva's own men. [[spoiler: [[FridgeBrilliance This is actually all part of his plan]]: he ''wants'' to get captured so that he can utterly humiliate M before killing her.]]

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* ComplexityAddiction: Silva's plans, befitting a Bond villain, are far more complicated than they need to be, but wouldn't be nearly as fun to watch otherwise. For example, he has a sniper shoot his way to the top of an office building to assassinate a man in the building opposite, even though the target is already ''surrounded'' by Silva's own men. [[spoiler: [[FridgeBrilliance [[spoiler:[[FridgeBrilliance This is actually all part of his plan]]: he ''wants'' to get captured so that he can utterly humiliate M before killing her.]]



* ConcealmentEqualsCover: Justified due to the thick stone walls of Skyfall; nothing short of a helicopter-mounted heavy machine gun can penetrate them. Inverted for those, though, since in reality it would take cannonfire, shaped charges, or heavy missiles to penetrate walls so thick.
* ContinuityNod[=/=]MythologyGag: Just like 40th anniversary Bond film ''Film/DieAnotherDay'', the 50th anniversary ''Skyfall'' makes multiple references to previous films in the series.

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* ConcealmentEqualsCover: Justified due to the thick stone walls of Skyfall; nothing short of a helicopter-mounted heavy machine gun can penetrate them. Inverted for those, though, since in reality it would take cannonfire, cannon fire, shaped charges, or heavy missiles to penetrate walls so thick.
* ContinuityNod[=/=]MythologyGag: ContinuityNod: Just like 40th anniversary Bond film ''Film/DieAnotherDay'', the 50th anniversary ''Skyfall'' makes multiple references to previous films in the series.



*** When Silva [[spoiler: reveals the effects of cyanide poisoning]], his features become reminiscent of Richard Kiel, the actor who played the henchman Jaws in both films. Javier Bardem, the actor who plays Silva, had stated in an earlier interview that Jaws was his favorite Bond villain ever. His eyelids also sag down, just like Blofeld's did.

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*** When Silva [[spoiler: reveals [[spoiler:reveals the effects of cyanide poisoning]], his features become reminiscent of Richard Kiel, the actor who played the henchman Jaws in both films. Javier Bardem, the actor who plays Silva, had stated in an earlier interview that Jaws was his favorite Bond villain ever. His eyelids also sag down, just like Blofeld's did.



*** The scene where [[spoiler: Silva is stabbed in the back]] takes place in a church, similar to FYEO.

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*** The scene where [[spoiler: Silva [[spoiler:Silva is stabbed in the back]] takes place in a church, similar to FYEO.



*** When James returns from his unplanned retirement, M snaps at him with "what did you expect, an apology?", mirroring a similarly cold remark she made in the previous film. Also counts as {{Foreshadowing}} because [[spoiler: when she finally confronts Silva, he comments that he expected "no remorse" from her, which becomes an instance of PrideBeforeAFall; it's implied that had she apologized, he would have given up trying to kill her.]]

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*** When James returns from his unplanned retirement, M snaps at him with "what did you expect, an apology?", mirroring a similarly cold remark she made in the previous film. Also counts as {{Foreshadowing}} because [[spoiler: when [[spoiler:when she finally confronts Silva, he comments that he expected "no remorse" from her, which becomes an instance of PrideBeforeAFall; it's implied that had she apologized, he would have given up trying to kill her.]]



*** Silva [[spoiler: worked for MI6 in Hong Kong in the late 80s-mid 90s, the same time period that the Bond franchise stalled. Hong Kong was meant to be the setting for Timothy Dalton's third film before it went into DevelopmentHell.]]

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*** Silva [[spoiler: worked [[spoiler:worked for MI6 in Hong Kong in the late 80s-mid 90s, the same time period that the Bond franchise stalled. Hong Kong was meant to be the setting for Timothy Dalton's third film before it went into DevelopmentHell.]]



* ContinuityReboot[=/=]OriginsEpisode: Tells how Bond came to meet Q, [[spoiler:Moneypenny, and the male M]], as well as how he came to operate out of the Universal Exports' offices.[[note]]None of this has ever actually been depicted in the films before, nor in any of the Fleming novels.[[/note]] To reinforce this, the BondGunBarrel sequence closes the movie instead of opening it.

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* ContinuityReboot[=/=]OriginsEpisode: ContinuityReboot: Tells how Bond came to meet Q, [[spoiler:Moneypenny, and the male M]], as well as how he came to operate out of the Universal Exports' offices.[[note]]None of this has ever actually been depicted in the films before, nor in any of the Fleming novels.[[/note]] To reinforce this, the BondGunBarrel sequence closes the movie instead of opening it.



* TheCracker: Silva.

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* TheCracker: Silva.Silva moves forward with a lot of his plans by hacking into a massive amount of networks including MI6.



* CreatorCameo: Producer Michael G Wilson, who has received cameos dating back to ''Film/{{Goldfinger}}'', gets two, although his cameo as a pall-bearer was reduced to a blink-and-you'll-miss-it moment in the edit.
* CuttingTheKnot: [[spoiler:After all his fancy misdirection and techno-tricks fail to kill M, Silva just sends a bunch of men with guns. [[SubvertedTrope Which turn out to be just softening them up for his attack copter]] and more men with guns. Ironically, the first group actually succeeded (if you pay attention), she took a mortal wound and just hadn't died yet.]]

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* CreatorCameo: Producer Michael G G. Wilson, who has received cameos dating back to ''Film/{{Goldfinger}}'', gets two, although his cameo as a pall-bearer was reduced to a blink-and-you'll-miss-it moment in the edit.
* CuttingTheKnot: [[spoiler:After all his fancy misdirection and techno-tricks fail to kill M, Silva just sends a bunch of men with guns. [[SubvertedTrope Which turn out to be just softening them up for his attack copter]] and more men with guns. Ironically, the first group actually succeeded (if you pay attention), succeeded; she took a mortal wound and just hadn't died yet.]]



** After serving as a deconstruction of Bond as a whole, the movie also reconstructs and reintroduces several elements from older Bond movies before Brosnan and Craig took on the role. [[spoiler: Such as MI-6 being based out of the Universal Exports offices, a male M and Bond's flirtatious relationship with Moneypenny.]]

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** After serving as a deconstruction of Bond as a whole, the movie also reconstructs and reintroduces several elements from older Bond movies before Brosnan and Craig took on the role. [[spoiler: Such [[spoiler:Such as MI-6 being based out of the Universal Exports offices, a male M and Bond's flirtatious relationship with Moneypenny.]]



* DoubleEntendre: Silva slings one at Bond when challenging him to the WilliamTelling shooting contest:

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* DoubleEntendre: DoubleEntendre:
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Silva slings one at Bond when challenging him to the WilliamTelling shooting contest:



* DownerBeginning: [[spoiler: The movie begins with the opening chase through Istanbul ending in failure as Patrice gets away with the MacGuffin containing the identities of the undercover NATO agents, and to make matters worse, Bond is presumed dead after being shot by Eve.]]
* DoWrongRight: When Mallory catches Q and Tanner working off the books to help capture Silva.

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* DownerBeginning: [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The movie begins with the opening chase through Istanbul ending in failure as Patrice gets away with the MacGuffin containing the identities of the undercover NATO agents, and to make matters worse, Bond is presumed dead after being shot by Eve.]]
* DoWrongRight: When Mallory catches Q and Tanner working off the books to help capture Silva. Mallory hopes they all succeed together so they aren't all arrested.



* DrivesLikeCrazy: Eve.

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* DrivesLikeCrazy: Eve.Eve is very aggressive in a car pursuit.



* EstablishingCharacterMoment: Just prior to Silva's on-camera appearance, Bond's taken to an open-air server network in a dusty, deserted city. Such an environment would make the computers degrade quickly -- essentially, hardware that'd self-dispose about when Silva presumably no longer needs it. Indeed, [[spoiler: Silva's planning to be caught shortly after this encounter, and he is.]]

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* EstablishingCharacterMoment: Just prior to Silva's on-camera appearance, Bond's taken to an open-air server network in a dusty, deserted city. Such an environment would make the computers degrade quickly -- essentially, hardware that'd self-dispose about when Silva presumably no longer needs it. Indeed, [[spoiler: Silva's [[spoiler:Silva's planning to be caught shortly after this encounter, and he is.]]



* EveryCarIsAPinto: [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] when you think about it: The Aston-Martin ''does'' have an ejector seat (and thus the fuel for it). And machine guns (and thus the ammo for them).

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* EveryCarIsAPinto: [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] when you think about it: The Aston-Martin ''does'' have an ejector seat (and thus the with its needed fuel for it). And and machine guns (and thus the ammo for them).with its required ammo.



* EvilGenius: Silva.

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* EvilGenius: Silva.Silva seeing everything, especially people, as disposable if it serves his goal and his brilliance allows him to hatch a very complicated plan [[spoiler:that succeeds]].
* ExactWords: The shooting contest was to ''knock'' the glass off of Severene's head. [[spoiler:Silva accomplishes that by shooting her in the head, not the glass]].



* FailureHero: Bond fails at every objective he has during the movie: he loses the MI6 hard drive; allows an assassin to kill a politician; fails to get information from said assassin; fails to protect the mole; [[spoiler:falls into Silva's trap; fails to stop Silva escaping; fails to stop several deaths in Parliament; loses Skyfall Manor; kills Silva instead of letting him rot in prison; and finally fails to protect M.]] The only positive thing that can be said is that he survives. In a sense, this is exactly the way Ian Fleming first conceived of Bond.

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* FailureHero: FailureHero:
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Bond fails at every objective he has during the movie: he loses the MI6 hard drive; allows an assassin to kill a politician; fails to get information from said assassin; fails to protect the mole; [[spoiler:falls into Silva's trap; fails to stop Silva escaping; fails to stop several deaths in Parliament; loses Skyfall Manor; kills Silva instead of letting him rot in prison; and finally fails to protect M.]] The only positive thing that can be said is that he survives. In a sense, this is exactly the way Ian Fleming first conceived of Bond.



* FamousLastWords: "I did get one thing right..."

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* FamousLastWords: [[spoiler:M's dying words while looking right into Bond's eyes.]] "I did get one thing right..."



* FoeRomanceSubtext[=/=]FauxYay: In the scene Silva is introduced, he eventually starts suggestively touching Bond all over [[FauxYay to get under Bond's skin]]. Bond is not as hostile to this as you'd think.

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* FoeRomanceSubtext[=/=]FauxYay: FoeRomanceSubtext: In the scene Silva is introduced, he eventually starts suggestively touching Bond all over [[FauxYay to get under Bond's skin]]. Bond is not as hostile to this as you'd think.



** A very subtle example that overlaps somewhat with a CallBack to ''Film/{{Casino Royale|2006}}'': [[spoiler: in the earlier film, Bond tells M "I thought M was a randomly assigned letter, I had no idea it stood for..." clearly implying that M's real name has a letter m in it somewhere. In ''Skyfall'', we're introduced to an authoritative senior figure ([[SpoiledByTheFormat played by a big-time actor]]), named Mallory...]]

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** A very subtle example that overlaps somewhat with a CallBack to ''Film/{{Casino Royale|2006}}'': [[spoiler: in [[spoiler:in the earlier film, Bond tells M "I thought M was a randomly assigned letter, I had no idea it stood for..." clearly implying that M's real name has a letter m in it somewhere. In ''Skyfall'', we're introduced to an authoritative senior figure ([[SpoiledByTheFormat played by a big-time actor]]), named Mallory...]]



*** Though it's more likely [[spoiler: Kincade assumed he heard "Em"]] and that it would be nice to be formal. They didn't have the heart, [[YouDidntAsk and didn't see the necessity]], to correct him.

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*** Though it's more likely [[spoiler: Kincade [[spoiler:Kincade assumed he heard "Em"]] and that it would be nice to be formal. They didn't have the heart, [[YouDidntAsk and didn't see the necessity]], to correct him.



* FruitCart: Quite a few get broken in Istanbul.

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* FruitCart: Quite a few get broken in Istanbul.Istanbul during a chase.



** Bond's brilliant quartermaster, Q (Creator/BenWhishaw), returns to the franchise.. and is in many ways a painful subversion. While he is a hacking savant, he belittles field work and the very gadgets his branch has traditionally been in charge of, and acts as though the radio he produced is really a revolutionary design rather than something Q Branch had been doing for quite some time before him. [[spoiler: This is all tragically deconstructed when Silva plays him for a fool and dozens of people wind up dead because of it.]]

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** Bond's brilliant quartermaster, Q (Creator/BenWhishaw), returns to the franchise.. franchise and is in many ways a painful subversion. While he is a hacking savant, he belittles field work and the very gadgets his branch has traditionally been in charge of, and acts as though the radio he produced is really a revolutionary design rather than something Q Branch had been doing for quite some time before him. [[spoiler: This [[spoiler:This is all tragically deconstructed when Silva plays him for a fool and dozens of people wind up dead because of it.]]



* GunsDoNotWorkThatWay: The assassin assembles a bolt action rifle...which fires several times without manipulating the bolt during his hand-to-hand combat with Bond.

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* GunsDoNotWorkThatWay: The assassin assembles a bolt action rifle... which fires several times without manipulating the bolt during his hand-to-hand combat with Bond.



* HallOfMirrors: The opening sequence has Bond shooting funhouse-style mirrors, and the climactic battle involves Kincade using reflections as decoys to deceive Silva's men.

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* HallOfMirrors: The opening An early sequence has Bond shooting funhouse-style mirrors, and the climactic battle involves Kincade using reflections as decoys to deceive Silva's men.



* HighAltitudeInterrogation: Bond attempts this on Patrice, but gets nothing out of him. See DisneyVillainDeath above.

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* HighAltitudeInterrogation: Bond attempts this on Patrice, but gets nothing out of him. See DisneyVillainDeath above.



** Then again, he is shown to drink at the beach in Turkey and appears completely hung over (either that or indeed genuinely drunk) in M's flat.
** Also, everyone's reaction to him during testing--and the results of said tests--indicate that he's grossly out of shape when he looks to be in fine physical condition (possibly justified by the ridiculously high standards of MI6).

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** Then again, he is shown to drink at the beach in Turkey and appears completely hung over (either that over, or indeed genuinely drunk) drunk in M's flat.
** Also, everyone's reaction to him during testing--and the results of said tests--indicate that he's grossly out of shape when he looks to be in fine physical condition (possibly justified by the ridiculously high standards of MI6).condition.



* IronLady: M.

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* IronLady: M.M is the lady in charge of MI6 and makes an early hard call that has consequences for the rest of the film.



* ItsAllMyFault: "I fucked this up, didn't I?"

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* ItsAllMyFault: [[spoiler:M has some serious regrets about her own actions.]]
-->[[spoiler:'''M''':
"I fucked this up, didn't I?"I?"]]



*** Anyone who has ever travelled in a deep-level tube train will know how much it rattles when in motion. This one doesn't (presumably because filming in a stationary train is much easier and safer).

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*** ** Anyone who has ever travelled in a deep-level tube train will know how much it rattles when in motion. This one doesn't (presumably because filming in a stationary train is much easier and safer).doesn't.



* LargeHam[=/=]EvilIsHammy: Silva.

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* LargeHam[=/=]EvilIsHammy: Silva.LargeHam: Silva makes many flamboyant gestures and verbal tics when giving speeches and makes sure he comes in in a big way.



* LetThePastBurn: The film has the [[spoiler:eponymous manor burning down during the ending battle]] (with, of course, lots of [[StuffBlowingUp explosions]] and such). This is very symbolic, as Bond has linked it throughout the movie with his childhood, and certain... psychological baggage he's carried with him from there.

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* LetThePastBurn: The film has the [[spoiler:eponymous manor burning down during the ending battle]] (with, with, of course, lots of [[StuffBlowingUp explosions]] and such).such. This is very symbolic, as Bond has linked it throughout the movie with his childhood, and certain... psychological baggage he's carried with him from there.



*** Even better: [[spoiler: his last name "Rodriguez" is Spanish for "son of Roderick", which means "he who is rich in glory".]]

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*** Even better: [[spoiler: his [[spoiler:his last name "Rodriguez" is Spanish for "son of Roderick", which means "he who is rich in glory".]]



** Bond follows Patrice to what looks like a meeting...until Patrice kills the security guard in the lobby.

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** Bond follows Patrice to what looks like a meeting... until Patrice kills the security guard in the lobby.



* MurderSuicide: See TakingYouWithMe.

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* %%* MurderSuicide: See TakingYouWithMe.



* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: "....Agent down."

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* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: "....Eve is shocked when her shot hits the wrong target.
-->'''Eve''': ...
Agent down."



* NowYouTellMe: Q: "Bond... get on the train."

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* NowYouTellMe: Q: "Bond... get on Bond's eye roll communicates this when Q tells him to board a train at the train."last possible second.



* OldRetainer: Kincade, Bond's family's gamekeeper.

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* OldRetainer: Kincade, Bond's family's gamekeeper.gamekeeper, is at least twice Bond's age and has known Bond since he was a child.



* OutrunTheFireball: Bond has to outrun the explosion of Silva's crashed gunship in the finale.
** Also {{Subverted}}. Bond seems almost confused that he ''didn't'' have to outrun the initial fireball of [[spoiler: Skyfall's explosion]]. The gunship crash [[ZigZaggedTrope happens moments later]].

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* OutrunTheFireball: OutrunTheFireball:
**
Bond has to outrun the explosion of Silva's crashed gunship in the finale.
** Also {{Subverted}}. Bond seems almost confused that he ''didn't'' have to outrun the initial fireball of [[spoiler: Skyfall's [[spoiler:Skyfall's explosion]]. The gunship crash [[ZigZaggedTrope happens moments later]].



* PietaPlagiarism: [[spoiler: M's death scene.]]

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* PietaPlagiarism: [[spoiler: M's [[spoiler:M's death scene.]]



* PrecisionFStrike: From M (the first time the F-word has ever been uttered in a Bond film):

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* PrecisionFStrike: From M (the M. This is the first time the F-word has ever been uttered in a Bond film):film.



** [[spoiler:When Bond decides to take the fight (and M) to his ancestral home of Skyfall, they arrive to find that the manor's been sold, due to Bond being declared dead. Unfortunately, that means most of the gun collection has also been sold off.]]

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** [[spoiler:When Bond decides to take the fight (and M) and M to his ancestral home of Skyfall, they arrive to find that the manor's been sold, due to Bond being declared dead. Unfortunately, that means most of the gun collection has also been sold off.]]



* RevisitingTheRoots: Looks to be the case with the franchise as of this film: besides the reintroduction of Q [[spoiler:by the end of film, MI6 has moved into the Universal Exports offices from the older films, Moneypenny is reintroduced and there's a new (male) M.]]
* {{Rewrite}}: Here, as in the novels and films before the reboot, Bond is the lone scion of a wealthy noble family. In ''Film/CasinoRoyale2006'' Vesper inferred (and Bond never explicitly denied) that he "[[Main/WorkingClassHero didn't come from money, and your school friends never let you forget it]]".

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* RevisitingTheRoots: Looks to be the case with the franchise as of This film accomplishes this film: besides for the whole franchise. Besides the reintroduction of Q [[spoiler:by the end of film, MI6 has moved into the Universal Exports offices from the older films, Moneypenny is reintroduced and there's a new (male) M.]]
* {{Rewrite}}: {{Rewrite}}:
**
Here, as in the novels and films before the reboot, Bond is the lone scion of a wealthy noble family. In ''Film/CasinoRoyale2006'' Vesper inferred (and inferred, and Bond never explicitly denied) denied, that he "[[Main/WorkingClassHero didn't come from money, and your school friends never let you forget it]]".



* RockBeatsLaser: During the climax, Bond, M and Kincade are poorly equipped, with only old hunting guns, knives, dynamite, some gas bottles, and the good old Aston Martin [=DB5=] against Silva's mooks, who carry recent assault rifles and grenades and benefit from heavily armed [[DeathFromAbove helicopter]] [[MoreDakka support]].
** Subverted when Bond drops the hunting rifle after killing a couple of Mooks with it, and picks up one of their modern assault rifles.
* RogueAgent: Raoul Silva, a former MI6 agent out to destroy M after she screwed him over years earlier. While he was still an MI6 agent, he was carrying out unauthorized cyber-attacks on the Chinese.

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* RockBeatsLaser: RockBeatsLaser:
**
During the climax, Bond, M and Kincade are poorly equipped, with only old hunting guns, knives, dynamite, some gas bottles, and the good old Aston Martin [=DB5=] against Silva's mooks, who carry recent assault rifles and grenades and benefit from heavily armed [[DeathFromAbove helicopter]] [[MoreDakka support]].
** Subverted when Bond drops the hunting rifle after killing a couple of Mooks with it, it and picks up one of their modern assault rifles.
* RogueAgent: RogueAgent:
**
Raoul Silva, a former MI6 agent out to destroy M after she screwed him over years earlier. While he was still an MI6 agent, he was carrying out unauthorized cyber-attacks on the Chinese.



* SawedOffShotgun: Kincaid takes on Silva's men with one - after a memorable scene where he is seen sawing the barrels short and then blasting a hole in the shed wall.
* SayMyName: While imprisoned by MI6, Silva [[InvokedTrope invokes]] this by demanding M say his real name. M, however, [[DefiedTrope has none of it]].

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* SawedOffShotgun: Kincaid takes on Silva's men with one - after a memorable scene where he is seen sawing the barrels short and then blasting a hole in the a shed wall.
* SayMyName: SayMyName:
**
While imprisoned by MI6, Silva [[InvokedTrope invokes]] this by demanding M say his real name. M, however, [[DefiedTrope has none of it]].



** Of course, a cut later, M turns to Bond and tells him Silva's real name, [[spoiler: Tiago Rodriguez]].

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** Of course, a cut later, M turns to Bond and tells him Silva's real name, [[spoiler: Tiago [[spoiler:Tiago Rodriguez]].



* SexSlave / MadeASlave: Severine was sold on the prostitution market in Macau.
* SignificantAnagram: Not actually mentioned in the movie -- 'Raoul Silva' becomes 'A Rival Soul' [[ShadowArchetype showing how similar he is to Bond]].
** 'Think On Your Sins' becomes [[spoiler: '[[WhamLine Your Son]] [[ItsPersonal Isn't in HK]]']].

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* SexSlave / MadeASlave: SexSlave: Severine was sold on the prostitution market in Macau.
* SignificantAnagram: SignificantAnagram:
**
Not actually mentioned in the movie -- 'Raoul Silva' becomes 'A Rival Soul' [[ShadowArchetype showing how similar he is to Bond]].
** 'Think On Your Sins' becomes [[spoiler: '[[WhamLine [[spoiler:'[[WhamLine Your Son]] [[ItsPersonal Isn't in HK]]']].



* ShirtlessScene: Bond has several.

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* ShirtlessScene: Bond has several.several to show off his physique and his wounds.



** [[spoiler: The FreezeFrameBonus that reveals M's name as Olivia Mansfield is a reference to Captain Sir Mansfield Smith-Cumming, aka C, who was the first Chief of the RealLife MI6]].

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** [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The FreezeFrameBonus that reveals M's name as Olivia Mansfield is a reference to Captain Sir Mansfield Smith-Cumming, aka C, who was the first Chief of the RealLife MI6]].



* SissyVillain: Silva.

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* SissyVillain: Silva.Silva flirts with Bond and has some whimsical mannerisms but is still a dangerous foe.



* SpoilerOpening: The opening theme [[spoiler: foreshadows most of the movie's plot, as well as the final battle at Skyfall. It also mentioned that the titular house is burned down during the battle (i.e. "''Let the Skyfall, when it crumbles''").]]
** The opening credits also foreshadow [[spoiler: M's death]] as Judi Dench's crediting overlaps briefly with a [[spoiler: tombstone]].

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* SpoilerOpening: SpoilerOpening:
**
The opening theme [[spoiler: foreshadows [[spoiler:foreshadows most of the movie's plot, as well as the final battle at Skyfall. It also mentioned that the titular house is burned down during the battle (i.e. "''Let the Skyfall, when it crumbles''").]]
** The opening credits also foreshadow [[spoiler: M's [[spoiler:M's death]] as Judi Dench's crediting overlaps briefly with a [[spoiler: tombstone]].[[spoiler:tombstone]].



* StealthPrequel: Though ''Film/{{Casino Royale|2006}}'' was initially billed as a prequel, there was very little in it to suggest that it and ''Film/QuantumOfSolace'' were about Bond's first missions. This film, in particular, does all that it can to present Bond as a [[ShellShockedVeteran veteran MI6 agent]] who's [[DentedIron finally feeling the effects of his many brushes with death]]. [[spoiler: By the end, though, we unexpectedly learn that it's also the story of Bond's first encounters with Q and Moneypenny, and that it features [[ChangingOfTheGuard a new M]] who very much resembles Bernard Lee's original take on the character (complete with the classic office set).]]

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* StealthPrequel: Though ''Film/{{Casino Royale|2006}}'' was initially billed as a prequel, there was very little in it to suggest that it and ''Film/QuantumOfSolace'' were about Bond's first missions. This film, in particular, does all that it can to present Bond as a [[ShellShockedVeteran veteran MI6 agent]] who's [[DentedIron finally feeling the effects of his many brushes with death]]. [[spoiler: By [[spoiler:By the end, though, we unexpectedly learn that it's also the story of Bond's first encounters with Q and Moneypenny, and that it features [[ChangingOfTheGuard a new M]] who very much resembles Bernard Lee's original take on the character (complete with the classic office set).]]



** "Waste of good Scotch."

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** Band barely reacts to [[spoiler:Severene's death]].
-->'''Bond''':
"Waste of good Scotch."



* TitleDrop / TheNamesake: Skyfall is [[spoiler:the name of Bond's family estate.]]
* TookALevelInBadass / {{Xenafication}}: [[spoiler: Miss Eve Moneypenny]].

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* TitleDrop / TheNamesake: TitleDrop: Skyfall is [[spoiler:the name of Bond's family estate.]]
* TookALevelInBadass / {{Xenafication}}: [[spoiler: Miss TookALevelInBadass: [[spoiler:Miss Eve Moneypenny]].Moneypenny]] is shown to be a competent field agent.



* TranquilFury: Bond comments "[[StiffUpperLip Waste of good Scotch]]" after [[spoiler:Silva kills Severine]], only to take out all of Silva's men and deliver a vicious kick to Silva himself seconds later.
** Likewise, he seems to be rather miffed when [[spoiler: Silva destroys the [=DB5=].]] Cue massive explosion caused by him that takes out half the mooks present.

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* TranquilFury: TranquilFury:
**
Bond comments "[[StiffUpperLip Waste of good Scotch]]" after [[spoiler:Silva kills Severine]], only to take out all of Silva's men and deliver a vicious kick to Silva himself seconds later.
** Likewise, he seems to be rather miffed when [[spoiler: Silva [[spoiler:Silva destroys the [=DB5=].]] Cue massive explosion caused by him that takes out half the mooks present.



* WeaponizedCar: [[spoiler: Serves as the punchline to a BrickJoke unwittingly set up by Q early in the film.]]

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* WeaponizedCar: [[spoiler: Serves [[spoiler:Serves as the punchline to a BrickJoke unwittingly set up by Q early in the film.]]



** ExactWords: The contest was to ''knock'' the glass off her head. [[spoiler:Silva]] did that.



3rd Dec '17 8:31:14 AM fruitstripegum
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* LikeYouWouldReallyDoIt: Dramatic as the scene may have been, it's safe to say that no one thought Bond was going to die after getting shot in the opening sequence. However, [[spoiler:M's death,]] if it's not spoiled for you, is a bit of a gut punch.
20th Nov '17 9:11:11 AM JohnnyChimpo
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[[TheOneWith The one where]] James Bond implies he [[EveryoneIsBi swings both ways]].

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[[TheOneWith The one where]] James Bond implies jokes that he [[EveryoneIsBi swings both ways]].
18th Nov '17 11:53:31 PM The12thDoctor
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*** When Judy Dench's credits appears, [[FreezeFrameBonus if one pauses it before it disappears]], the background behind the text is a [[spoiler:gravestone, like her name is on it]]. Sure enough, [[spoiler:M dies by the film's end]].

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*** When Judy Judi Dench's credits appears, [[FreezeFrameBonus if one pauses it before it disappears]], the background behind the text is a [[spoiler:gravestone, like her name is on it]]. Sure enough, [[spoiler:M dies by the film's end]].
18th Nov '17 11:52:27 PM The12thDoctor
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*** When Judy Dench's credits appears, [[FreezeFrameBonus if one pauses it before it disappears]], the background behind the text is a [[spoiler:gravestone, like her name is on it]]. Sure enough, [[spoiler:M dies by the film's end]].
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* BrokenAesop: Everyone in MI-6 talks about how they're not too young/old for the job, [[FailureHero yet they all fail at everything]]. Bond fails to get to his partner on time and Moneypenny fails to take the shot of the thief. Bond fails his test, fails to reach the informant, then misses the shot-glass. Q falls for the honeypot virus and M falls for the false capture. Finally, [[spoiler:Bond fails to protect M]].
8th Jul '17 3:33:51 PM Ciara25
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** When Bond decides to take the fight (and M) to his ancestral home of Skyfall, they arrive to find that the building's been sold, due to Bond being declared dead. Unfortunately, that means most of the gun collection has also been sold off.

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** When [[spoiler:When Bond decides to take the fight (and M) to his ancestral home of Skyfall, they arrive to find that the building's manor's been sold, due to Bond being declared dead. Unfortunately, that means most of the gun collection has also been sold off. ]]
8th Jul '17 3:31:05 PM Ciara25
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* RealityEnsues: [[spoiler:After being grazed by a bullet and not receiving proper medical attention, the elderly M bleeds out and dies soon after.]]

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* RealityEnsues: [[spoiler:After RealityEnsues:
** When Bond decides to take the fight (and M) to his ancestral home of Skyfall, they arrive to find that the building's been sold, due to Bond
being grazed by a bullet and not receiving proper medical attention, declared dead. Unfortunately, that means most of the elderly M bleeds out and dies soon after.]]gun collection has also been sold off.


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** [[spoiler:After being grazed by a bullet and not receiving proper medical attention, the elderly M bleeds out and dies soon after.]]
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