I was told that in Skyfall the last Bond film Judy Dench has the role of a powerful old woman, M boss of MI6.
I am still reeling from the excess of explosions, dead bodies, train, cars and helicopter crashes without mentioning the commodore dragons. I did laugh at some of the most creative ridiculousness of these events but I am at a loss to understand the pleasure derived from this unrelenting eventually boring violence.
Yes Judy Dench as M is an old woman with all her wrinkles, folds and white hair. The film starts with a serious bad judgement she makes and ends with her death. She does show some defiant, fighting and brave behaviour in the rare scenes when people interact . But interestingly the issue of ageing arises throughout the film not only her ageing and retirement but also Bond’s. But Bond is ready for another adventure.
This is as far as I can go in the consideration of a genre that I know nothing about.
Is there a change in the culture of youth in popular films?