Archetypes: Film: Review: ‘Spectre’ (2015)

Sony Pictures

Sony Pictures

Like a sturdy shoe stomping cockroaches, James Bond, as British Agent 007, exists to exterminate cartoonish villains whose goal is to appropriate global power. Directed by Sam Mendes, Spectre, the latest offering in the franchise, gives us more of the same derring do, at a critical moment involving national security. The “007” program is likely to be terminated, and an officious new security appointee, C (Andrew Scott), is determined to push through a venture, called “Spectre,” which would hold many nations’ security data under one roof: a sort of anti-terrorism,one-ring-to-rule-them-all program.

Amidst dazzling set pieces, Bond (Daniel Craig) goes rogue – assisted by “M” (Ralph Fiennes), Q (Ben Whishaw), Eve Moneypenney (Naomie Harris) and Tanner (Rory Kinnear) – and meets an assassin’s daughter, Madeleine Swann (Léa Seydoux), and the franchise’s new ego maniac with fierce sibling issues, Franz Oberhauser (Christoph Waltz).

Spectre’s prevailing archetypes are ones embraced by past Bond films: the absolutes of Plutonic power, control, manipulation, obsession, fanaticism, charisma and filthy lucre. Typically, such traits are assigned to villains. Here, however, they also apply, perhaps moreso, to the willful, enterprising and extremely sexual Bond.

Over decades, reigning Bonds have proven their affinity for Hades’ domain, for good reason: it’s the place where treasures – including an entourage of Persephones – are buried.

Archetype: Tyrant. Manipulator. Power Monger. Obsessive. Domination. Control.

Astrology Archetype: ♇ (Pluto)

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