Paintings in Skyfall - Blog Post #9 - Final

The allusion to various works of art in Skyfall makes an important contribution to the depth of the film.  Read the following articles that explain the backgrounds of the paintings and their contributions to the characterization of different characters, including James Bond.  Pick your favorite painting and write a paragraph about why you think the director chose to include that painting in Skyfall and its importance to one character from the film.

The "Fighting Temeraire" Tugged to Her Last Berth to be Broken Up, 1839.

Joseph Wright of Derby's Experiment on a Bird in the Air Pump, 1768



 Thomas Gainsborough's The Morning Walk,1785

Modigliani's Woman with a Fan painted in 1919


 Thomas Buttersworth's H.M.S. “Victory” heavily engaged at the battle of Trafalgar, 1825



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  1. Joseph Bradford
    Mr.Scheuer
    modern fiction 6th
    may 11 2017
    I picked Thomas Buttersworth's H.M.S. “Victory” heavily engaged at the battle of Trafalgar 1825 painting. I think he chose this painting because it resembles a lot of war and fighting and a lot of training the French had to do. Just like James Bond had to act like he died when he got shot and made it seem like he really left. Guillemard and his exploits had to fade away from the popular memory. The importance of this one character is showing that they both had to vanish away for a while .

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  2. Ebony Perry
    Mr.Scheuer
    Modern Fiction 8th hour
    19 May 2017
    The painting I chose was Thomas Buttersworth’s H.M.S. “Victory” heavily engaged at the battle of Trafalgar, 1825. I believe the director put this in the movie because it shows how Bond is old and past his prime and isn't needed anymore. The painting shows us sadness and a loss, which is how middle-aged Bond is living. We see sadness and loss through Bond with everything he goes through like when he was “killed” or when he failed his test but were still sent on the mission. But to me the light in the painting shows us that there can still be hope for the events and the painting and for Bond.

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  3. Chris Means
    Mr.Scheuer
    Mod Fic 6 hr
    5/13/17


    I think the director of Skyfall had a brilliant idea when picking the scene where Bond and Q meet in a Art museum with the many different allusions and metaphors. All the paintings shown in the film had many deep meanings and connections but one in particular that stood out to me was The Morning Walk painted by Thomas Gainsborough in 1785. I agree with the authors view that bond resembles the dog in the piece and the married couple represents Mom and England and he is obeying their every rule. Another thing I agreed on was Bond being married to his job. Overall I think the hidden metaphors were an excellent thing the director put into this movie.

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  4. Hanna Fahl
    Mr. Scheuer
    Modern Fiction- Hour 6
    16 May 2017

    For the Skyfall paintings, I chose the morning walk painting. I personally love the technique used in the painting and the couple walking together are absolutely adorable. The connection between the painting and the movie is pretty simple if you think about it. A few things that you can gather from it involve Bond. Some say that Bond is the dog looking up at the couple. His dedication to his job and mum. You can look at it also as if he's married to his career. His fidelity to his country and the queen. I think the director chose to add this painting to the movie because he wanted to add a classic touch, something simple but gravitating to the eye. It's a true must add!

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  5. Mya
    Mr.Scheuer
    Modern Fiction
    5/16/17
    hr.6
    My Favorite painting is The "Fighting Temeraire". It was also Mr.Q's Favorite, he said it makes him feel melancholy. Which means it makes him feel sad with no particular reason. He Feels that this painting doesn't have a sense of time. Basically this piece is timeless for everyone (like at any time at all people can some how relate to it),and it is defined as destiny something that will happen. It is my favorite because the water is open and to me that means freedom and free will.

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  6. Christine Wilcox
    Mr. Scheuer
    Modern Fiction - Hour 6
    16 May 2017
    I think that the director chose to put the painting of the H.M.S. “Victory” heavily engaged at the battle of Trafalgar in Skyfall because it has many possible meanings to different characters. The story behind the painting is one of victory despite being in a situation in which the victors were outnumbered. The painting could be referring to the battle at Skyfall where the use of unconventional tactics led to victory. Bond was outnumbered and lacked weapons but still was victorious. This painting is also a reference to another painting in the film featuring the “Temeraire.” In the other painting, the “Temeraire” is being hauled off to scrape, yet at the battle of Trafalgar where the H.M.S. “Victory” led the charge, the “Temeraire” was right behind. Like the “Temeraire,” Bond is back in the thick of the spy business at the end of film. Another interesting thing about this painting is that it shows up in M’s office. In other Bond films, M’s office often has paintings of ships and sea references which is a nod to M’s career in the British Navy.

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  7. Isaiah Owens
    Modern Fiction
    8th hour

    the painting i chose was the Thomas Butterworth painting. I chose that one because it relates with bonds story in the film. He was accidentally shot and fell off the bridge and was pronounced dead by MI6. He was not really dead he just went off the radar for a bit and took a break from his work. When he returned to MI6 M believed that they were both old news of the business washed up and need to retire. But towards the end of them movie bond found himself again and as in the story of the painting he divided his enemys up and picked them off one by one.

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  8. Patty Noggle
    Mr. Scheuer
    Modern Fiction-Hour 6
    17 May 2017

    The painting that I chose to talk about is Modigliani's Woman with a Fan painted in 1919. I chose this painting because it just really caught my eye in the film, more than the other ones. The painting was one of five paintings stolen from the Paris Modern Art Museum. The man who painted it, Amedeo Modigliani, died a year after the painting was stolen. The article also stated that he used distortion to express feelings, rather than using color. What I took away from the painting and the film was that the painting was one of a kind, just like Bond was one of a kind. Everybody (villain) wanted Bond dead because he was so good and very valuable, just like how the painting was stolen because of how much value it had. Another thing I linked together, but might also be purely coincidental, was that Modigliani used distortion in the painting to create emotion, just like how the director used Mr. Silvers deformity/distortion of the face to appeal to the audiences emotions. Ultimately it goes back to how unique Bond was, just like how unique the painting was. Bond was the best of the best and every one who went against him lost. I feel that the reason this painting was in the film was to portray how top secret it was that they had it and how much it was worth, which reflected how top secret Bond (007) was and how much he was worth. I loved watching Skyfall and I'm glad that, through reading the article, I have grasped a deeper understanding of the meanings of the paintings within the film.

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  9. Benjamin Ewert
    Mr. Scheuer
    Modern Fiction – Hour 6
    17 May 2017

    My favorite painting in Skyfall is Thomas Buttersworth's H.M.S. “Victory” heavily engaged at the battle of Trafalgar, 1825. The reason I chose this is because I have been on many cruises and love riding boats and ships. This is one of two paintings of ships in Skyfall. I believe that the director chose to have this painting hung in M’s office not only because of many of the past M’s offices had paintings of ships, but also because of the story behind the painting.

    After reading Judith I Bridgland’s blog post about the painting I learned that the painting was right when Lord Nelson was shot and injured. I believe that either the new M or the old M could be the Lord Nelson figure as both M’s got shot and injured. The other theory from Bridgland’s blog that is also a very plausible one is that since the painting is of the Battle of Trafalgar and one of the ships is the Temeraire the director could be using these as symbols. The battle is when Bond is at Skyfall and the Temeraire is James Bond, since Bond came and saved M after many problems created by Silva just like the Temeraire. I am not trying to copy Bridgland, but his theory has a good amount of fact behind it.

    To conclude my reasoning. I believe this painting was placed in M’s office to symbolize how M got shot and injured, but came back knowing Britain won. I also believe it symbolized how Bond came back after a long time being “dead” and saving the old M, especially at Skyfall.

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  10. Nick Monsoor
    Mr. Scheuer
    Modern Fiction -- Hour 8
    18 May 2017
    The painting I chose was Thomas Buttersworth's H.M.S. “Victory” heavily engaged at the battle of Trafalgar, 1825. I chose this painting because I think it has a very symbolic meaning behind it. Personally, I think the ship in the front represents Bond being a tired and beat down agent. While the ship in the back represents Bond's comeback into the British Intelligence Agency. It represents him being a new agent coming back refreshed and ready to take down the person behind the attacks. Also, I think it was cleverly placed in M's office to maybe show a different picture. The front ship that is broken down is M at the end of the movie, and the ship in the back is Bond that tried to save her but ultimately could not.

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  11. Kevin Owusu-Houston
    Mr. Scheuer
    Modern Fiction 6th Hr.
    18 May 2017

    I personally think the morning walk is most appropriate for the film. But, the director used this painting to show a sheep following a married couple. The sheep is James Bond, the woman in the picture is M, and the man in the picture could be a representation of his country. It shows Bond's dedication to both M and his country implying he will never leave neither of their sides and will consistently stick with them. As shown in the movie, Bond never betrayed his country or M, but instead he put his life on the line for both of them

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  12. Janae Wright
    Mr.Scheuer
    Modern Fiction hour 6
    5/18/17

    I think the director of skyfall did a great job of placing when it came to Bond and Q in Room 34. Each picture had a specific meaning behind it. Each picture has a direct impact on people in the story. The second article show bond had an emotional connection with the paintings. The pictures being back there also helped add color to the scene. I think the movie was perfectly put together from the major situations to the paintings being placed.

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  13. Tim Schultz
    Mr. Scheuer
    Modern Fiction - Hour 8
    18 May 2017

    I chose the The "Fighting Temeraire" Tugged to Her Last Berth to be Broken Up. Sam Mendes used this painting as a metaphor to Bond in the film. The old ship is Bond. He appears to be failing as a spy and appears old with his gruff beard. Overall, he is outdated and has lost his effectiveness like the "Fighting Temeraire." It seems, however, that Bond disregards the painting as Q asks his opinion. This could be foreshadowing Bond's return and overcoming his ailments.

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  14. Christian Lubke
    Mr. Scheuer
    Modern Fiction-Hour 8
    18 May 2017

    My favorite painting in the movie Skyfall is "Victory" by Thomas Butterwoth depicting a intense battle at Trafalgar in 1825. I think the reason that the director chose to put this painting in the film was because it shows a sign of victory while being outnumbered. Just like the British were outnumbered in the Battle of Trafalgar, Bond was outnumbered when he was on Silva's territory. James Bond, even though he lacked in weapons and strategy, came out on top in the end of the film just like the British were in their battle. Also, Lord Nelson, the leader for the British in the battle at Trafalgar, showed bravery and confidence to his men just like M showed and gave confidence to Bond. As I read the article, it seems as if M and Lord Nelson had a lot of similarities. Overall, I believe this painting's story was placed to make a connection between Lord Nelson and M both getting shot and wounded, but still being able to see the outcome of their situations.

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  15. Brandon Spears
    Mr.Scheuer
    Modern Fiction - 6
    May 18, 2017

    The painting I chose was Turner's The "Fighting Temeraire" Tugged to her last berth to be broken up. The painting shows up in the film as a metaphor for James Bond being an old ship going on until until it is broken or no longer useable. I believe the director wanted to show this painting to represent how Bond is getting older and the field work is for the young or to show that he will keep doing field work until he dies or can no longer bare the stress. I think this painting is important to the James Bond because he knows no matter how much he wants to stay in the Agent status, one day he will have to retire or he will be killed and it reminds him that Time is the ultimate equalizer.

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  16. Thomas Gillis
    Modern Fiction 8th Hour
    Mr. Scheuer
    18 May 2017
    My favorite painting in Skyfall is Experiment on a bird in the air pump. I enjoy this painting because of its cluttered nature. The sense of disorder around the bird in the air pump is not too different from the disorder surrounding James Bond who finds himself as the bird in MI6's air pump. In the film, we see this painting when we see Bond's first meeting with Q . This painting in the background fits Q's personality as well as his role in the film. Like the scientist examining the trapped bird in painting, we see Q as an inventive and ingenious spy working for MI6 who examines MI6's trapped bird Bond. This painting's use in the film is not only to characterize Q in an introductory scene, but also to establish his role in the film going forward.

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  17. Tavariana White
    Mr. Scheuer
    Modern Fiction 6th
    19 May 2017

    I chose the painting Thomas Buttersworth's H.M.S. “Victory” heavily engaged at the battle of Trafalgar, 1825. After reading the article I would have to agree with the theory that Bond is approaching his prime. The director chose to put this painting in there because for most Bond fans we know that him becoming old is sad. The painting is foggy and gloomy which sets the mood for the visual. The thought of ships at sea put you in the mindset of battle and war. Bond has been a no going fighter in all his films. Now his time is just coming to an end. Who knows how much longer 007 will be around. The director put this here to allude to a future of an old James Bond, or even no more James Bond.

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  18. Liann Bade
    Mr. Scheuer
    Modern Fiction hour 8
    19 May 2017

    The painting that I had chosen is the "Fighting Temeraire" because it shows that James Bond is the one with the last breath as he was whole and them was shot and pulled away by a hand in the opening credits of the film. The Temerair ship has no idea what time it is due to the fact that the ship is always out at sea. It also shows a person's destiny. The reason I liked this painting was of the freedom of being out at sea.

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  19. Kayla,Collins

    Mr.Scheuer

    Modern fiction-8th hour

    18,May, 2017


    Corresponding to the article my favorite painting would have to be the Modigliani’s woman with a fan painting in 1919. This particular painting happens to be my favorite because of the simplicity that is shown in this piece of art, it's so simple but at the same time the little detail inside of the painting makes it so attracting to the eye. The story behind the picture is that it was painted by the famous Amedeo Modigliani who has many great paintings also this piece of art along with several famous artists such as Pablo picasso’s work was stolen from the Museum of Modern Art of the city of Paris. All of the painting together was estimated to be about 500 m euros, that alone explains how the art brought so much attention to itself , the painting and its story relates to the movie Skyfall in a lot of different ways one can be the fact that it was stolen at a museum, During the film Ola shoot another man in front of the painting and the place seemed to look like a sort of museum with lots of security and cameras. Lastly the painting being worth so much was included in the movie, Ola could've shoot the man in the head straight through the art but he didn't because he recognized the artwork's value.

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  20. Antonio Rose
    Mr. Scheuer
    Modern Fiction 6th hour
    May 19, 2017

    The painting I picked was Thomas Gainsborough's The Morning Walk,1785. Why because the painting has many meanings as to describe James Bond, however I shall choose the one I got from the painting. The one I got was how Bond is married to his country Bond is the man who protects the woman which is London. Also the dog is the dog M gave Bond as a gift to keep protecting the country. Lastly the painting has other meanings toward Bond but I believe this one is the most accurate to me at least.

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  21. Darien Games
    Mr. Scheuer
    Modern Fiction - 6th Hour
    May 19th, 2017

    The painting from Skyfall that most caught my eye is The Fighting Temeraire. This work of art from Joseph Mallard William Turner is a very divine piece. The mix of blue, red, and orange work together perfectly. The old beat up ship in the middle of the sea giving it one last fight is a perfect metaphor for Bond in Skyfall. Bond is just like the ship, he has been through multiple battles, in which he has won most, and it is probably time to hang it up but his love for his job is keeping him in battle. The ship is in bad condition with plenty of damage but the ship is still out there trying to finish his job, just like Bond. The inclusion of this painting was a magnificent choice by Sam Mendes.

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  22. Hunter Sadler
    Mr. Scheuer
    Modern Fiction - Hour 8
    19 May 2017

    I chose the The "Fighting Temeraire" Tugged to Her Last Berth to be Broken Up. Mendes used this painting as a metaphor to Bond in the film seeing as both Bond and the ship are old and worn down. The painting is shown in the art museum and when Q asks Bond's opinion of the piece, Bond somewhat ignores the question and almost takes offense from it. This could be Bond almost being aware of the metaphor and him trying to resist it.

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  23. Cheyenne Brookshire
    Hour 6
    I picked T. Buttersworth's HMS Victory painting ! I believe that he chose this painting because it showed comparison to a war maybe, with like the fights and all the training he went through. The painting related to the movie in a sense simply because Bond had to "disappear " after he had gotten shot in the beginning of the film. The main purpose was to show that both had to leave for a while . Bond went back heavily into the spy business toward the end of the film. Plus in the movie the mom lady had like different paintings in her office which was interesting.

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  24. Ben Forke
    Mr. Scheuer
    Modern Fiction- Hour 8
    20 May 2017

    Thomas Gainsborough's The Morning Walk,1785, is a painting that captures a newly married couple as they walk on a path with a dog that is either with them or disrupting them. This painting can be found in Skyfall during the scene where Bond meets his new handler in the art museum. During this scene, this painting frames Bond and there is a good reason for it. First, the married couple. In the painting, the husband symbolizes Bond and the wife symbolizes his work, his country or M. Now the truth is that the wife represents his country, and here’s why. In the film Bond is offered that opportunity to do the same work he has been doing, on his own terms and with higher pay, an offer made by Silva. If he truly cared only for his work he would have taken the offer and done the same work he always did with better benefits. Also in the film, Bond uses M as bait to make Silva come out of hiding to kill her, which ultimately leads to her death. Bond truly felt a “marriage” typed of loyalty or bond with M he wouldn't put her in harm’s way. The wife is his country because it is the only constant in all of the Bond- 007 films and because of his constant loyalty to it. The dog that is in the painting represents Silva. It represents Silva because in the painting the dogs seems to be alienated and disruptive. The dog seems to be bothering the wife the most and the husband is holding his wife’s arm, perhaps protecting her in a way? So the dog is Silva, attacking or disrupting the wife, which is Queen and country; the husband is aiding or protecting the wife, and the husband is Bond.

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  25. Dayshon Smith
    6th Hr
    Modern Fiction
    Mr. Scheur

    The Thomas Gaintinsburgh painting was the painting I chose to describe the story. The painting shows a couple with a Dog right besides them. The dog would be bond and the woman is his mother and the man could be a carnation of the agency. Most dogs protect their owners with all they've got even it's gonna kill them. That is certainly Bond he will always save his mom and stay true to his agency. I believe the author did a great job giving allusion to the characters and through that allusion birthed many metaphors I would not change a thing to the film.

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  26. Syanne Garrett
    Mr. Scheuer
    Modern Fiction 8th hour
    20 May 2017
    I chose the painting Thomas Gainsborough's "The Morning Walk" this painting is unique to me because it gives you a motif. In the scene Bond is sitting in front of the painting waiting for the other agent to get him settled in , but in the picture behind them is a man and his dog, and the dog represents loyalty. The director wanted to show us that , it was supposed to be secretive and to show they both had respect for each other, even though they never met before. This was a good idea because, it shows there loyalty towards there job and towards themselves, each of them risking a chance to find the right guy , just by simple questions and responses.

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  27. Tori Knueppel
    Mr. Scheuer
    Modern Fiction - Hour 8
    21 May 2017

    The Fighting Temeraire by JMW Turner is the only painting in Skyfall that is pointed out by the characters and brought to the audience’s attention. The painting shows a rotting ship being taken off to get scrapped. The painting itself represents Britain trying to get rid of tradition and move on to a more modern way of life. It was probably included in Skyfall to relate to MI6: a tradition that’s on its way out. It shows that Bond feels as if he’s about to be scrapped, just like the warship. In the film, Bond pays close attention to the painting, just like he’s paying close attention to his fears.

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  28. Dejahnay, Hopson
    Mr.Scheuer
    Modern Fiction
    May 22, 2017

    The "Fighting Temeraire" Tugged to Her Last Berth to be Broken Up, 1839. I chose this picture to represent the skyfall movie, Because it illustrates three boats. The Boats could show allusion to three main parts of the movie.The smallest boat that looks destroyed almost represents bond,because he was considered dead but continued to survive and stay true. The tall white ship represents the spy agency, because its strong and firm standing in the movie.The ship sneaking up behind the white ship is the villain of the story. The director gave great importance to those three aspects of the story which also gave lots of allusion to the story.

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  29. Jawari Copeland
    Mr. Scheuer
    Modern Fiction 8th hour
    21 May 2017

    I chose the "Morning Walk" painting, because this can be connected to the main characters or main focus of all the conflicts and specific characters. The woman in the photo is obviously "Mother" of the MI6. She is lead by the man in the photo who could be symbolized as her career. In the film, she obviously wasn't going to turn her job down because of the security breach. She knew that the only way she would leave her profession officially would be by death, and in time she did. I also saw that the pathway that they are walking on is very narrow. The pathway of the spy is symbolized in the picture. The dog is the photo I would say represents Bond. Dogs are known to be loyal to their master, and for years he has worker along side "Mother" for years and could relate to her testimony. This photo overall simply communicates loyalty. The loyalty to each other, the loyalty to MI6, and simply the loyalty to England.

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  30. Andria Ostovich
    Mr. Scheuer
    Modern Fiction - Hour 6

    The painting that I choose to do was the Fighting Temeraire by JMW Turner. This painting is one that the characters actually recognize in the movie. The painting shows a ship being taken off to the scrap yard. It shows how Britain was trying to get rid of tradition and become more modern in the way they were living. Bond feels like he is off to the scrap yard himself and he pays close attention to this painting in the film.

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  31. Ellie Goodman
    Mr. Scheuer
    Modern Fiction-Hour 6

    I Choose the painting the Fighting Temeraire. It made Mr. Q sad looking at it because the painting portrayed the ship taken to be destroyed. I think it was put in the film as a connection on how Raoul Silva was destroying people by taking their lives and also wanting to take the life of M.

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  32. Theodore Lontkowski
    Mr.Scheuer
    Modern Fiction 8th hour
    May 2017
    I chose was Thomas Butters worth's H.M.S. “Victory” heavily engaged at the battle of Trafalgar, 1825. The director put this in the movie because it is a good example of how Bond is old and past his prime and isn't needed anymore. It shows us sadness and a loss, which is how middle-aged Bond is living. We see sadness and loss through Bond with everything he goes through like when he was “killed” or when he failed his test but were still sent on the mission. But to me the light in the painting shows us that there can still be hope for the events and the painting and for Bond.

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