I couldn't see a thread for this and honestly when it comes to symbolism I'm a little bit obsessed at finding all the nods and things like that.
I thought we could use this thread just to note down everything we noticed throughout the movie and have it stored in one place. Could also be cool for some discussion (what is too big a leap of logic. What is not)
Please note for those that haven't seen this movie yet, this will contain major spoilers.
this may be one for you as well as I noticed you were having a crack at this in the spoiler threads too.
So the one I thought of today and to start off... as a potential symbol:
In Greek mythology, Heracles is eventually driven mad and accidentally kills his wife and children which I think was interesting given the context of what happens at the end.
Or in the titles:
The use of Britannia who is being broken, the literal personification of Britain, and then Bond literally being used as Britannia's trident on Q's screen for the mission into Safin's lair.
Then of course, there's other little things such as the call back to CR.
The last line in CR is "Bond. James Bond." The last line in NTTD is "Bond. James Bond." A nice little full circle and call back to the movies.
Finally, also the easter eggs, of which there are many... e.g.:
The DB5, the V8 Vantage, Skyfall's bulldog ornament, the paintings of previous M's.
Q telling Bond to listen carefully and explain complicated tech, while Bond already has it all figuered out.
It is as if Daniel Craig is directly adressing the most common critique against his Bond iteration.
And on the off chance that some may not know this,
There's frequent references to St. George and the Dragon, which Fleming alludes to being part of the "underlying myth" of Bond (not to mention its importance to the U.K.)
- There's a massive mural of St. George fighting the dragon in Safin's lair
- The Royal Navy ship at the end is named "Dragon"
One other tidbit that got my excited in the theater...
Blowing up an embassy, and attacking Blofeld in prison in CR and NTTD respectively.
You see the...
1st in the opening.
2nd when Bond drives into the tunnel at Matera.
3rd in Safin's lair when Bond turns around and fires.
4th at the end of the movie when Swann is driving away with Mathilde and enters the same tunnel as Bond did.
I know someone else also mentioned (and I forget who)
Caught that too! Also it was in Valdo's mouth, wasn't it? Did he swallow it like he was asked to? Did he... pass it?
Yes! I think he must have because:
Grace Jones cancelled cameo seems like it would have fit well into the Spectre meeting in Havana.
No less CR and QOS and SF.
I even felt GE in the orange part of the titles sequence.
I saw the portrait in person at the Omega pop-up shop in Burlington Arcade.