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Vatican newspaper heaps praise on latest James Bond flick `Skyfall`

Thursday - Nov 01, 2012, 03:19pm (GMT+5.5)
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London - The Vatican’s daily newspaper has overlooked the violent retribution James Bond administers to his enemies and given delirious coverage to ‘Skyfall’, claiming that it shows a new and introspective side of the spy while thankfully cramming in the usual dose of exotic locations and “extremely beautiful Bond girls”.

L’Osservatore Romano has tried recently to move with the times, praising cult films like the ‘Blues Brothers’, lauding Bob Dylan and publishing a women’s supplement, ever since the editor, Gian Maria Vian, was told by the pope in 2007 to liven up the 151-year-old daily.

However, the ‘Skyfall’ review has taken things to new limits for the newspaper, which ran it in Wednesday’s edition alongside coverage of the 500th anniversary of the Sistine Chapel, the appointment of new bishops in Peru and the Philippines, and the welcome news that catholic numbers are rising in Ireland.

“To celebrate 50 years of the world’s most famous secret agent – which even the Queen paid homage to at the Olympics – we needed a film that rose to the occasion,” the Guardian quoted the paper in its review, one of five articles that it devoted to Bond, as saying.

“Skyfall does not disappoint. The 23rd Bond film is one of the best in the longest cinematic story of all time,” it said.

It also added that the film “does not lack any of the classic ingredients which have made James Bond a legend – the title credits song, adrenalin pumping action, amazing hyper-realistic chases, exotic locations, extremely beautiful Bond girls, the usual super villain and the essential vodka martini.”

For the bishops, priests and cardinals itching to catch ‘Skyfall’, the paper gives a breathless breakdown of the plot, admiring the generational clash that “is the key to the film”.

Daniel Craig, who claimed in ‘Casino Royale’ that he preferred having sex with married women, is deemed to be “ever more convincing” in his latest appearance while Dame Judy Dench is “perfect” as M.

Javier Bardem, is described as terrific, “up there with Goldfinger, Dr No and Rosa Klebb”, although no mention is given to the homoerotic feel he gives his character.

Bond himself is less cliched, “less attracted to the pleasures of life, darker and more introspective, less invulnerable physically and psychologically and because of this more human, even able to be moved and to cry – in a word, more real.”

“Nothing will ever be the same again on the big screen for James Bond,” the review added.

A background piece on Ian Fleming follows, with L’Osservatore Romano’s extensive coverage wrapping up with a focus on Bond soundtracks and heaping praise on Monty Norman’s Bond theme.


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