before i started jjba i was like “dio must be an asshole omg i bet he killed someone” but no. no. dio did everything
i made a dumb video. nisemonogatari ep. 5 parody
rohan’s five friends: the five people he talked to and didn’t hate
EPISODE 15 ☆ ヒーローの資格
treat yourself like kishibe rohan treats kishibe rohan
he stabbed himself in the hand and let his house burn down to prove his point
this cartoon was real
Joushuu Higashikata in disarray after being friendzoned by Yasuho Hirose.
At least she didn’t get a restraining order.
Judi Dench’s M was in the job from 1995 until the present day, making her 77 years old at the time of her decision to do battle with cyberterrorist Javier Bardem using home-made nail bombs and a sawn-off shotgun. If you don’t agree that this is the best thing ever then you’re clearly a slug, because, well… do you know how many old ladies you see in roles like this? The list pretty much begins and ends with Helen Mirren in RED. And before you all rush in with your Favourite Old Ladies Who Get Shit Done (although obviously I would very much appreciate that list), remember that for every fifty Dumbledores in popular culture, we get maybe one or two Professor McGonagalls. — Skyfall: the new Bond Girls.
using home-made nail bombs and a sawn-off shotgun
No actually I don’t agree, because if you’ll remember, she’s not the one using the sawn-off shotgun - in fact, this lady apparently can’t even shoot. Am I really the only on who was sorely disappointed by the way she was treated?
It seems in your post that a lot of the issues you have with the treatment of M and Eve are to do with the way they aren’t as physically tough as Bond — although Eve comes damn close to it. You say that Eve is “reduced to secretary status”, but I didn’t see it that way at all. I think it’s very clear from the get-go that Eve is an extremely confidant field agent who can hold her own in dangerous situations, but her problems arise when it comes to outright assassination. The reason why Bond is good at his job is because he has very few moral qualms about murdering people in cold blood, whereas Eve does, and she’s rattled by the fact that she (unavoidably) missed a shot and almost killed Bond. But despite this, for most of the film she’s still planning on going back into the field once she’s been cleared for duty.
At the end, her decision to take an office job fits in very well with one of the main themes of the movie: the blurring of the lines between “dangerous” field work and “safe” desk jobs. Silva’s attack neatly illustrates that MI6 headquarters are no longer a safe-haven, and Eve’s battle-readiness comes in very useful during the attack on the government enquiry. M probably would have been killed right then were it not for the experience and abilities of Mallory and Eve, the two characters who were “reduced” from fieldwork to desk jobs.
This isn’t a situation where Eve has been demoted to a lesser role or sent back to the office where she’ll be “safe”; she’s just seen the damage that can be done at the heart of MI6 and knows that it’s important for the agents close to M to be just as competent in a firefight as they are in the office. Unlike Bond, whose skills run mostly towards steely nerves and headbutting people in the face, Eve has a wider skillset and is just as comfortable at the office as in the field. You seem to think that working alongside M is somehow less important than being a 00-agent, but throughout the film we’ve seen that Bond is a tool of MI6 while people like Q, Tanner and M are the ones who are truly informed about the dangers they’re facing, and are bearing the brunt of those dangers back home in the UK.
Also, from a storytelling perspective Daniel Craig (and a lot of Bond fans) was keen for Moneypenny to return to the series, but obviously an old-school Moneypenny was out of the question. The idea of a secretary who answers calls all day and flirts hopelessly with Bond whenever he’s there to visit M is gross and dated and, to be honest, not really in-keeping with the tone of the newer films. Whereas this way, we get a Moneypenny with an actual backstory, who is demonstrably awesome and has a history with Bond that doesn’t make her seem like an embarassing stereotype, and a solid indication that working alongside M every day is a dangerous and interesting job, not just that of a “secretary”. Mallory knows Eve’s value and she knows his; you can be certain that her job won’t be to forward telephone calls all day.
With M, I guess my opinion runs pretty much along the same lines? M isn’t a field agent, and if she (at 77, and visibly infirm at times) was suddenly toting a machine-gun then it’d seem comical and out-of-character. From her first appearance in 1995, Judi Dench’s M has been calculating, cool, and good at playing the odds — which is already more characterisation than the rather one-note old male Ms received in the past. The fact is that M knows more about espionage than Bond will ever hear about. Bond is basically an extremely capable thug, whereas M is in charge of the whole of MI6 and has other people to shoot her guns for her. I can’t remember if the male Ms ever had cause to shoot someone onscreen, but if they did it was probably because they received their military training in World War II. I thought M’s method of defending herself (building nail bombs from scratch) was awesome and totally in-character, because it required ingenuity and showed that she knew her capabilities as a fighter — ie, she was completely OK with killing people without remorse, but as a 77-year-old woman she was aware that she couldn’t fight mercenaries in close-combat.
One final thing: the Bond films are about Bond. If every other character was an action-hero, then his character would serve no purpose. While he does do some intelligence-gathering, Bond’s primary role is to kill people who are a danger to MI6/Britain, and this was emphasised even more in Skyfall than it was in other recent movies. His particular brand of ultra-violence is balanced out by the more cerebral types of modern espionage that are represented by M, Q, and Silva. Silva has his own army of faceless mercenaries to do his fighting for him, whereas M has the 00-branch. As for Q, he’s simultaneously one of the most important assets MI6 has in its arsenal, and the “weakest”, which is why he’s holed up in a bunker for 90% of the movie.
I understand the knee-jerk desire for female characters to be more badass, because “badass” is the way most action/adventure movies show a character’s value. But the fact is that a) Q and M — and probably Eve, now she’s been promoted to M’s personal aide — are more powerful than Bond, and b) if every character is a badass then Bond would seem weaker by comparison and the stakes would seem lower, thus making the movie way less interesting to watch. The way things are now, the Bond franchise seems to have hit a perfect balance between old-school touches like the presence of Moneypenny, and tangible proof that “office” characters are the brain of MI6 while Bond is just the hand holding the gun.
One point I’d like to add is that, while M claims she’s a rubbish shot, she’s using it as misdirection: M’s been shot, knows it’s not a minor injury, and needs to keep Bond from finding out so that he can get the job done. She, more than anyone, knows his weaknesses, and knows that the James Bond who hesitated because one of his fellow agents was bleeding out (as we see in the beginning of the movie) would have difficulty pushing aside sentiment and letting her go.
This is all very wonderful and if I may add - the “old” Moneypenny was hardly “just a secretary”. Most pointedly Lois Maxwell’s Moneypenny held more power than most other characters - especially Q (you could even consider her above Q since they’re from different branches and Moneypenny works directly under M). Moneypenny always knows exactly everything M knows (and various other ministers and whatnot), and a ton more, and has access to literally everything, she routinely orchestrated things from her end of the MI6 to make sure James got the intel and leg-ups he needed. She went behind M’s back, and James’s, all the time for the better, most notably so James could keep his job in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. James is at the end of it all, just a tool for MI6, what makes him special is that he’s James Bond and is rebellious and smug and everything that makes the character special, but Moneypenny is the eyes and ears of the MI6.
So I would hardly call going from being just a field agent to M’s assistant a demotion. Just because this Moneypenny has some field background shouldn’t mean she’s somehow so much more capable than the past ones.
NO WAIT I NEED TO ADD TO THIS IT’LL BE QUICK I PROMISE: OKAY so also also also please note the whole point of Moneypenny from the beginning was that James had someone who was essentially his equal in terms of wit - Moneypenny was the only one he couldn’t completely trump and Moneypenny was the only one who could cut James down and was the only woman Bond never slept with. So, yeah, uhm, of the entire series, Moneypenny is really the only one who could be considered his equal (don’t give me bad guys, bad guys get fucking murdered in the end, Moneypenny’s still going strong).
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And to add: M is TOTALLY a bad-ass. What she did making home-made nail bombs is right out of a guerrilla warfare manual. She was M by 1995 but that means she was probably working in the field all the way through the 60s and 70s (if she was born circa 1935) and probably didn’t hit a desk job until the mid-80s.
Does anyone really think she didn’t know Che Guevara personally? That she wasn’t liaising with Mossad concerning the Munich Massacre? That she hasn’t been in and out of the Middle East dozens of times under different names? That she didn’t have Pol Pot in her sights that one time but was ordered not to take the shot?
You don’t learn how to make home-made light-socket nail bombs just by being well read. We’re seeing M at the end of her career, and the hints we get of what she knows and what she’s done I think qualifies her for action-hero, super-bad-ass status by any measure.
No matter how many times I see this, I still can’t decide whose face is the best.
midgardian etiquette 101: when going to their homes, hang your coat first or in some cases, your mjolnir.
naw maybe it’s actually asgardian custom to check your weapons at the door
It was medieval custom to check your weapons at the door of the meadhall before greeting the king of the place you were going to. It was courteous and showed respect. You can see it in Beowulf.
what i don’t understand is how that hook can hold the mjolnir.
the hook is worthy
the hook is worthy
Peter Pan would disagree.
I’ve not read the comics but I always figured Mjolnir wasn’t heavy so much as stubborn, and if it decided it didn’t wanna move it just wouldn’t. It sits on Loki, rather than crushing him in Thor 1, and in Avengers it rests on the floor of the ship, and trying to pick it up Hulk starts breaking the floor with his weight, but Mjolnir doesn’t seem to weight anything at all (If it was as heavy as Hulk implied, it would drag the whole ship to the ground right?). Mjolnir isn’t heavy, cos its not going down, instead it is a fixed point and everything else just moves around it. Hence, the hook doesn’t hold it, it merely remains in place.
so what you’re trying to say is that Mjolnir is like a chicken head
instead it is a fixed point and everything else just moves around it.
OK SO WHAT YOU ARE SAYING
IS THAT WHEN THIS HAMMER WAS FORGED IN THE HEART OF A STAR IT BECAME A FIXED QUANTUM POINT
AND THE UNIVERSE MOVES AROUND IT—AND THOR IS THE ONLY ONE WITH THE PROPER RESONANCE TO INTERACT WITH IT ON A QUANTUM LEVEL
AND SO HE IS THE ONLY ONE WITH THE LEVERAGE REQUIRED TO SHIFT THE REST OF THE UNIVERSE AROUND THE FIXED POINT THAT IS MJOLNIR
THIS MAKES SO MUCH SENSE
DUDE YOU GUYS SCIENCED THORS HAMMER THAT IS AWESOME
i just… can’t have this not on my blog.