I think the theme of movies is something we don't really discuss much. Yes, I can name a few arthouse movies or New York Cinema movies that have a deeper underlying theme that most of the people usually tend to forget.
A FEW EXAMPLES
'Little Children' (2006)
: Directed by Todd Field, this beautiful suburbian movie is about grown-ups and their kids. But most importantly it's about grown-ups behaving like little children
and their children.
: Directed by Paul Haggis, this is one of my favourite movies that shows us what fear and lack of knowledge can do in a multiculural society
. Which is not good.
But ever since 'Casino Royale' premiered, I truly believe that the underlying theme of the Craig-era Bond films have become more important. 'Casino Royale' was all about the dirtyness of money and how much bankers are actually villain thugs
. Thugs that do everything for big Dollar signs. And Le Chiffre is willing to do everything for that. Only two years later, in 2008, the entire worldwide system of banks is in grave danger.
'QUANTUM OF SOLACE'
Then we have 'Quantum Of Solace'. Many Bond fans think this was the weakest of Craig's films. But when it comes to the underlying themes, I immediately saw it: Rich, Donald Trump-like philantropists and millionaires can actually be villains too
. They say, they want to better the world. They say, they want to not only think, but also to act greener. But it's all nothing more than a cloak for power and money. And in reality many people get hurt by it, turning parts of the world into dry deserts.
Lastly, 'Skyfall' truly excells in giving us an underlying theme. This is the film that is all about the net value of modern day espionage ánd the dangers that come with people who don't take government-run espionage seriously
! Moreover, what happens to spies that are being cast away like scum? Or other cyber-programmers working for governments? One can name off course guys like Julian Assange, who don't feel respected by their past employers and who eventually decide breaking up the whole intelligence community via WikiLeaks is a good vengeful deed.
Well, after having seen this picture of Julian Assange, I can tell you this:
The newest Bond-film 'Skyfall', but also its two predecessors 'Casino Royale' and 'Quantum Of Solace', are three quite intelligent Bond films. The new Craig-era of Bond films is doing so much more than just giving us an entertaining Bond evening in cinema. It is also turning us into deeper, more loyal fans, by discussing exactly these kind of topics, by actually finding the underlying themes of movies. Do we have Barbara Brocolli and Michael G. Wilson to thank for that? Let us discuss this subject even deeper :-)
PS: Can someone please cite 'M's poem, the one she was reading aloud from Tennyson :-)