Skyfall of Western
In 2012, 23th movie of James Bond has been published. This movie, “Skyfall”, is very meaningful because after the first film, 007 series celebrated its 50th anniversary in that year. On encountering the UA’s marketing strategy using “Bondian” aspects of Leone’s Dollars trilogy(Western, Go Home!, William Mcclain, p.55), I thought that the destiny of Bond and that of the western have something in common.
Since the development of new technology, the existence of Bond has been considered as unworthy. The way for him to carry out the missions is inefficient and old-fashioned in the modern society because he depends on his body, not the technology. In the film, Bond was shot by a co-worker. This indicates the time using his own body was ended, which means the death of Bond era. Similarity, the western, which was regarded as the national symbol and genre of America, experienced a period of decline. We were used to think the horses, the hats, the spurs, leather vests and good against evil (William Mcclain, P.61) as the representation of America. As the typical western symbols became just a cliché, the western experienced the moment of death. (William Mcclain, P.61)
Moreover, both movies have a new change in common. By changing the existing genre, the spaghetti western (Willian Mcclain, p.52) announced the launch of a new Western. In A fistful of Dollars, a masterpiece of the spaghetti Western, the man with no name (Willian Mcclain, p.55) appears and he fights for the benefit of his own rather than the confrontation of good and evil. (Willian Mcclain, p.62) In addition, he received criticism from critics because there was no clear theme but only ruthless violence.(Willian Mcclain, p.56) However, it was gradually recognized as a genre that had been modified so as to be allowed to intention of Western criticism. (Willian Mcclain, p.62) James Bond in the movie also starts a new life with a destruction of Skyfall where his trauma remained. The destruction of Skyfall implies the emergence of new James Bond, like the spaghetti western, who is different from the past.
Q. what is the future of the western?
Q. Is there any other challenges to the western?