Watching Skyfall on DVD. I’m in love with (Daniel Craig, yes, yes - had to get that out of the way), M’s delivery of Tennyson’s Ulysses at the film’s climax. Some thought it overdone, but I was moved.
For those of my friends who I know will ask: Ulysses, sometimes called Odysseus, is one of the most legendary warriors in the Homeric age. He was already past his youth when the Trojan War ended, and he began his famous journey back to his beloved Ithaca. The snippet that appears in Skyfall refers to his (and aptly, 007’s) spirit, which, in the face of impending age and weakness, still refused defeat.
I know in my previous post I said I found anti-villains more interesting than heroes. I change my mind. I guess like heroes too - just not the obvious ones.
Though much is taken, much abides; and though
We are not now that strength which in old days
Moved earth and heaven; that which we are, we are;
One equal temper of heroic hearts,
Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will
To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.