30/11/12 – Latest Hollywood production uses Mexican Skulls
Last night, I had decided to watch the latest James Bond film, Skyfall featuring Daniel Craig; I must admit this was by far the best James bond film I have ever seen. The cinematography was brilliant and actor, Javier Bardom (Silvia) was an excellent villain! While watching James Bond, I had recognised that the Mexican Day of the Dead skulls had appeared throughout the majority of the film. The skulls were used as a symbol of danger when something potentially life threatening was about to occur; I did find this particularly interesting, to me the Mexican Day of the Dead skulls feature an element of humour and satire, they’re rather light hearted compared to the skull and crossbones.
I don’t want to release too much information especially for those who have not seen the film, although the Mexican Day of the Dead skulls did correspond with Silvia’s personality or mentality. It was interesting to see how the Mexican Day of the Dead skulls have been interpreted in large Hollywood productions and the contemporary, visual culture. In James Bond for instance, the Day of the Dead skulls were used to reflect the villain’s evil, psychotic nature, I’m just so used to seeing the skull and crossbones, especially in film and television. Perhaps the Mexican Day of the Dead skulls are becoming a popular in contemporary cinema, it’ll be interesting to see if there are any other productions that will reference the Mexican Skulls.