First of all, this is my first post on the MI6 forum. I've been following the site for many years and was very active on the IMDB message boards, while they were still running. Anyway, I'm curious to hear the opinions on the vague details regarding the plot. Ever since Purvis and Wade became involved with the franchise, I've been very weary of their writing and direction. In my honest opinion, I feel that Skyfall and SPECTRE had very little, "real world relevance."
It's true that Fleming wrote the novels as fantasy books for men, but there was always a political subtext, in both the novels and versions seen on the silver screen. As I have not been a big fan of the Craig films, I feel that Goldeneye was the last Bond film to accentuate the Cold War tension.
Essentially, the underlying Cold War themes are what made Bond thrilling in the first place. Now that we have reentered a political "tossed salad," is anyone hoping that these themes will be touched upon? M's monologue, in Skyfall, resonated with me, particularly in the following lines: "I'm frightened because our enemies are no longer known to us. They do not exist on a map, they aren't nations. They are individuals. And look around you - who do you fear? Can you see a face, a uniform, a flag? No, our world is not more transparent now, it's more opaque! It's in the shadows - that's where we must do battle."
A lot of those individuals are greed stricken people, hiding in the shadows of some country: Russia, U.S., Saudi Arabia, China and so on.
Would it be in the benefit of a thrilling script, to throw in these elements, or just focus on a plot that is almost virtually unrelated to anything going on in the world? I personally can't vibe with a film that's either about revenge on MI6 or a villain that magically orchestrated all of Bond's pain. If you think about it, there's too much going on in the world to have a script, oblivious to global events.
Thanks for reading!