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(SPOILER ALERT) Two plot holes in Skyfall, the new James Bond movie

You (gladly) give up the expectation of total reality in any James Bond film, but two plot points stick in my craw after seeing Sam Mendes' Skyfall last night at AFI Fest's "Secret Screening" on the BIG screen at the Chinese theatre. 

1. We like the new young cute Q, played by Ben Whishaw. But there's no way a computer super genius, who designed the encryption protocol Silva used, would plug Silva's computer into the MI6 mainframe. There are research labs here in Southern California where they study computer viruses, and it's well-known that the computers they use are practically run on a diesel generator in the middle of a field, on top of a mountain to keep them from contacting any other computer.

2. Bond doesn't monologue as a rule, but in Skyfall, when Silva is in his sights, Mr License to Kill says "the next shot won't miss," giving Silva, played lustily by Javier Bardem, just enough time to blow a hole in the roof with his radio "toy" and let the train pour in.

As I Tweeted late last night, Skyfall was very violent and very enjoyable. There are a few cross-pollenations. Silva is written as a cross between Hannibal Lecter and Anton Chigurh from No Country for Old Men. And the infiltration of MI6 and the political grilling of M echoes LeCarre's Smiley books.

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