Well, I hope viewers can relate to this because who hasn’t seen a James Bond movie? The movies roller coaster ride of special effects and edge of your seat suspense notwithstanding, the theme of the Mythic Hero is what persists and gives the series its longevity. The formula or recipe creates many meals. The opening scene at the Mexican celebration of the walking dead seems appropriate and symbolic after the movie. During the intense movie it is not easy to pick up on the symbolic meaning. You cannot connect the dots until you have seen the whole movie.
But Bond is the Walking Dead. He is not afraid of death because he is already dead. He has already surrendered to Life, and life and death are not separate. We try to separate life from death and have only life and no death, but they cannot be separated. The closer death comes, the more alive we are. Bond dances on the razor’s edge. And we dance with him.
Movies are myths and myths come alive when we reenact them. Movies are myths and the movie myth comes alive when we watch it. After the movie is over the myth is dead, but during the movie we are live in the myth. We are the movie and the movie is us. Myths and movies are also dreams. But a dream has the ability to wake us up from our waking dream.
When we make the movie myth conscious, then the movie dream has the power to awaken us. The myth and dream are unconscious, and when we go into the theater, we suspend consciousness, we suspend the separate ego and become the movie. Then when the movie is over, we look at our watch and leave the theater back in our everyday dream. There is a moment, however, when we don’t know which is real, the movie or my waking world. If we could be enter that space, that zone between the real and the unreal, we would awaken to That which includes both the real and unreal, the conscious and unconscious. Can we walk that razor’s edge? Can we awaken from the dead?
All the great myths of humanity are gone. All the great masters are gone. All those that created great religions are gone. Western rationalism has white the slate clean. As Joseph Campbell said; Man is in free fall now. All we have left is the movies. But even here we don’t know why to decipher the enigma code. We have lost our creative imagination and all we have left is fantasy and subjective opinion. Machines can operation on the material world but we certainly can’t. If you want control over matter, create a machine. Your own mind is powerless. The irony is that it is our mind that creates the machine. But then we become dependent upon the mechanic.