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Sachin Tendulkar and the James Bond in Skyfall – unmistakable parallels!

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The first half of Skyfall, the Daniel Craig (left)-starrer, rotates entirely around Sachin Tendulkar’s life story – or so it seems – over the past five-seven years where many mock him and write him off © Getty Images

Spoiler alertDon’t read if you are planning to watch the movie

 

One was desperately looking for Sachin Tendulkar‘s name in the credit list of the latest Bond movie Skyfall. The rationale was simple: The first half of the movie rotates entirely around Tendulkar’s life story over the past 5-7 years. It narrates in detail how Bond has grown too old to be in the business, how he is not entirely at his best and may never regain that once dependable level of an ace killer. Everybody mocks him – well almost everyone but M – and has written him off. M though clears him to rejoin active duty in spite of him failing almost all tests. If you replace ‘M’ with the Indian selectors, voila, you have Tendulkar’s last five years put neatly in a movie.

 

This one conversation in the movie says it all.

 

James Bond: Everyone needs a hobby.

 

Raoul Silva: So what’s yours?

 

James Bond: Resurrection.

 

What makes Skyfall a complete value for money movie is that over and above being a Tendulkar story it also incorporates a couple of other movies and if anyone has missed those movies, one can assure him/her that they need not watch those movies after watching Skyfall.

 

The Home Alone franchise had three versions. Skyfall can be safely called Home Alone 3.5 (As only half the movie follows this plot) for adults. Bond goes back to his ancestral house with ‘M’ to lure the what’s his name villain into doing something silly (that is attack the house with an army and heavily-armed helicopters). Bond, on the other hand, has two guns, himself, explosives, himself, M, himself, one old fellow and himself. This unfair advantage to Bond and team should bring out with utmost force the foolhardy nature of what’s his name’s pursuit. In Home Alone, the goons fall from the 2nd floor but don’t die because it was a kid’s movie and it was a low budget movie. They could afford only two goons. Skyfall has no dearth of budget and reflects hard hitting reality. If you fall down from the 2nd floor you die!

 

Nolan’s Batman triology too can be enjoyed along with Home Alone. The orphan status of young Bruce Wayne James, the house which stands aloof like it’s owner, Albert in a Scottish avatar, secret passageways in place of bat caves and the inevitable destruction of the family house by that villainish rat.

 

If one didn’t know better one couldn’t be faulted for thinking that Bruce Wayne is actually James Bond during the day and Batman at night. In this world of mergers and acquisitions it doesn’t seem to be a totally fantastic idea. Only thing that the new owners of the franchises will do is rename the hero John Wayne.

 

But it all comes back to Tendulkar at the end. Bond gets M killed, gets a bulldog in return from her and reports to the new ‘M’ reinstated and raring to have a go at the next villain.

 

Krishnamachari Srikkanth and Mohinder Amarnath have been moved out as selectors and the new chief of selectors and Tendulkar still stands strong. Hopefully, Tendulkar too continues to smash his way to glory like the Bond franchise which promises to be back soon.

 

(Rahul Namjoshi, an utter failure as an MBA, has no published novel to boast of and hence trying the next best thing – blogging. There, too, the results there aren’t too encouraging. Rahul pens his thoughts on the game in a blog called “Not Cricket”)

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