It has been famously noted that it took thinkers Alfred North Whitehead and Bertrand Russell 86 pages (not to mention the entire Volume I) of their three-volume Principia Mathematica to prove that 1+1=2. The James Bond franchise is similarly long-winded due in part to its serial nature, yet some poignant geopolitical nuggets of knowledge do “explode within the spectacle” to quote Guy Debord. However, we are best served for this Bond installment to remember those words of Ira Gershwin from George’s “Love Is Here To Stay” that “in time the Rockies may crumble/Gibraltar may tumble.” George Gershwin wouldn’t live to see the fruit of his labors as he died from a brain tumor at the tender age of 38 before The Goldwyn Follies (1938) was released with Kenny Baker singing the classic melody which George had crafted…
Our film begins in the skies above Gibraltar. Yes, that strange entrance to the Mediterranean which traces its present “ownership” back to a Hapsburg pretender and the Treaty of Utrecht (1713). Though it is a picturesque start, it may seem rather inconsequential to the movie as a whole. However, it is a germ–a microcosm of what the film proceeds to spin out. Down on “the Rock,” an MI6/SAS drill is “flipped” by a Soviet infiltrator. Flipping drills (going “live”) has been a noted hallmark of false flag terror attacks in the past 15 years, however the ones doing the flipping have almost certainly been the ones running the drills (military/intelligence). Drills serve “nicely” to provide a net of plausible deniability…i.e., “Hey, we were just running a drill.” In flipping a drill, simulated elements (such as a fake bomb) become real elements. [“Real bullets” as they say in The Three Amigos.] This sort of funny business has been going on at least as early as the 1993 WTC bombing. Other, more sophisticated operations would follow.
The salient point for our film is false flag activities.
I must take pause a moment to note that my computer shut itself down as I was delineating a particularly pithy detail of false flag operations. This gives me pause because it calls to mind all number of the dark arts…from Stuxnet to the obviously fake “North Korean” hacking of Sony. Ah, yes… We all walk a thin line. Who am I to be preaching about scruples?
Ah, well…what we have here is a film. I was apprehensive about Timothy Dalton, but he really was superb in this (thus my fears were unfounded). Maryam d’Abo is so stunning and adorable in this flick. The living daylights…fear.
Scare. Bully. Frighten. Sometimes a good scare can me merciful. Kyrie. But take a look back at the “strategy of tension” in Italy. Take a look back at those falsely-attributed bombings (false flags). Look up Gianfranco Sanguinetti. Learn how Aldo Moro was threatened by Henry Kissinger. Learn how the Italian government found out that the bombings were actually carried out by NATO intelligence. It was called Operation Gladio.
Yes, in the service of protecting “liberty,” many atrocities have been committed. If you have never drawn even a momentary parallel between the state of Israel and the Nazis (that would be, to clarify, the Palestinians now in the role the Jews occupied circa WWII), then your imagination may not be operational. This aspect of imagination is not one of fantasy, but rather conceptualization. Abstraction. Analogy.
But really, I’m just a bloke with a crappy laptop, so what do I know? One person can’t change the world, right? Every platform from Facebook to WordPress is infiltrated and screened…keywords which don’t make it through the digital sieves then mark a person or blogger as insurgent.
Ah, that word.
But what we have here is a film which goes from Gibraltar to Afghanistan. We see the raw opium. We hear the phrase mujahidin. We see an Oxford-educated character leading a branch of resistance against the Soviets. We see Operation Cyclone in full effect. And thus, we see what 9/11 was really about (as regards Afghanistan). Of course some other details must be alluded to, such as when our Soviet defector is smuggled out of Czechoslovakia via the Trans-Siberian Pipeline into Austria. And the cherry on top would be to read today’s front page news that according to some estimates the U.S. “war on terror” has cost $14 million an hour since its inception. Where do you think all of that money is going?
Brad Whitaker. The character played by Joe Don Baker. That is the final detail. Weapons. Arms. Planes. Helicopters. Any intelligent person incapable of drawing some startling conclusions based on the simplest of displays (a double feature of Wag The Dog and J.F.K. for instance) really has a problem with logic.
Ah, but it’s no use against normative/positive purists. The battle lines have been drawn. What you are reading is one of the closest things to what was formerly known as “the media.” In deference to Ralph Waldo Emerson, I will be willing to admit I was wrong (in the strongest of language) should that prove to be the case. My zeal from watching a rather vacuous-but-enjoyable adventure film stems from an urgency that something is exceedingly rotten in “Denmark.”
I could mention a dozen books which would make The Living Daylights more poignant viewing, but none of them are film criticism. And so I shall leave you with but one…the best on the subject. 9/11 Synthetic Terror: Made in USA by Webster Griffin Tarpley.