Skyfall’s “The Fighting Temeraire” Painting

The Fighting Temeraire tugged to her last berth to be broken up, 1838, an oil painting by the English artist Joseph Mallord William Turner

James Bond (Daniel Craig) and Q (Ben Whishaw) meet at the National Gallery in London in front of painting The Fighting Temeraire tugged to her last berth to be broken up, 1838, an oil painting by the English artist Joseph Mallord William Turner in Skyfall (2012)
James Bond (Daniel Craig) and Q (Ben Whishaw) meet at the National Gallery in London in front of painting The Fighting Temeraire tugged to her last berth to be broken up, 1838, an oil painting by the English artist Joseph Mallord William Turner in Skyfall (2012)

“It always makes me feel a little melancholy – grand old warship being ignominiously hauled away for scrap. The inevitability of time, don’t you think?” –Q (Ben Whishaw)

James Bond and Q observe The Fighting Temeraire in Skyfall (2012)
James Bond and Q observe The Fighting Temeraire in Skyfall (2012)
James Bond and Q first meet in front of this painting which lends itself to some interesting metaphors about Bond’s aging. At first, 007 is apprehensive to work with a younger quartermaster, but eventually playfully accepts the relationship.

Like the painting? You can buy an awesome print of it on Amazon! It’d be the perfect discussion piece for any artist and James Bond fan!