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The Art of Bond (2)

December 11, 2012 in Media

After yesterday’s post a reader asked “What about the painting in M’s office right at the end?”   Once again I am indebted to Judith Bridgland for the reference ( ). The painting is HMS VIctory heavily engaged in battle at Trafalgar by Thomas Buttersworth. And here is the interesting part, The Temeraire is right behind Nelson’s flagship, the Victory! Imlied: Bond is back in full battle.

But there is another twist to the tale. Nelson died at the battle of Trafalgar, just as M at Skyfall.  In his dying moments Nelson asked is captain, Thomas Hardy to kiss him – with the analogy of Bond kissing M a final a dieu.

Here is the famous painting of Nelson’s death, compare the  chiaroscuro (stark contrast between dark and a pool of light) with the scene at Skyfall:


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