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Just a guess, of course!
I also think that all of this will be a subplot to the main action, featuring Craig against Bardem.
I think Shadow has it, skyfall an operation gone wrong in M's past. Maybe she's responsible for JB's parents death. JB finds out but still has to help M despite his feelings for her.
A title like Skyfall suggests the sky will fall - if you take it literally, of course! And if the rumour about Blofeld returning is accurate - Blofeld, sky falling, Skyfall sounding like Thunderball - these seem reasonably clues the plot will involve something major and world threatening. It makes sense to up the ante for Craig's third Bond film so Bond vs a nuclear threat (albeit done in a different way to Thunderball) could be the inspiration behind Bond 23's title.
Well it's possible they chose Skyfall because it sounded similar to Thunderball. The plot of Skyfall may be totally different but when I heard Skyfall being mentioned it reminded me of Thunderball. The producers may have picked it because it sounded 1960s Bond! They may not be a deep reason why it's called Skyfall, perhaps B and MG were thinking of titles and they said "hey, Skyfall sounds a bit like Thunderball, let's go with that!" ;-)
That's what I meant! The plots don't have to be the same. But as the risk of repeating myself :-D , if you came up with a title like Skyfall you may (consciously or subconsciously) hark back to Thunderball. If Skyfall does feature Blofeld and any major nuclear threat to the West then it's clear Skyfall's title was inspired by Thunderball. But of course this is a huge guess. Blofeld may not be in the film. I don't know if Eon would want to bring him back, perhaps he should be left in the past. If Blofeld does return it's best to avoid any Dr Evil Austin Powers imagery!
I'm sorry, but I can't swallow the idea that EON named SKYFALL as such because it sounds like THUNDERBALL. It's ridiculous. Did they name LICENCE TO KILL that way because it sounded like A VIEW TO A KILL?
Wait until Skyfall is released. You never know what the plot is about! If Skyline involves nuclear bombs and Blofeld then that explains the title. But I'm making wild guesses. The plot could be about anything. But the screenwriter did hint Blofeld might return....
Skyline? I mean Skyfall. :p
Both A VIEW TO A KILL and LICENCE TO KILL feature sociopathic villains who want to control a monopoly on a particular market (the production of microchips and cocaine respectively). Both titles have "kill" in them. Does that mean LICENCE TO KILL was named that way because it sounded like A VIEW TO A KILL?
JB, bearded, is in a dungeon in a Scottish castle awaiting his fate. He has no will to live. He looks up at the shaft of light prying its way through the vented shutters of his gaol window. The light is mesmerising and Bond drifts away into his own thoughts.
He then recants, through flashbacks, directly to the camera how and why he ended up in the situation he's in: The death of M, and why the establishment wanted her out of the way....M or his duty to the state, he's emotionally divided but he chooses his path and nothing will stop him. As he retells his tale, his energy and drive return, he escapes his dungeon and hunts down the man responsible for his plight in the cold forbidding Scottish highlands....
Or see Mi4 for full plot details.