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In the Dark

Enemies

Skyfall
Produced by Metro-Goldwyn Mayer and Eon Productions
Directed by Sam Mendes
Written by Neal Purvis, Robert Wade, and John Logan
Distributed by Columbia Pictures

Lincoln
Produced by 20th Century Fox and Dreamworks Pictures
Directed by Steven Spielberg
Written by Tony Kushner
Distributed by Touchstone Pictures

No less an authority than Vatican City’s daily newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano, has declared James Bond a Roman Catholic.  For evidence they cite his latest adventure, Skyfall, in which Bond proudly proclaims his hobby to be resurrection.  Want more?  At a critical moment, Bond escapes his foes through a priest hole in his family’s ancestral seat on the Scottish moors.  A priest hole, as fully three percent of the Bond audience knows, was a hidden tunnel in the homes of recusant Catholics in the 16th and 17th centuries.  They were developed shortly after England took a wrong theological turn under the vindictively capricious monarchy of Henry VIII, who decided that Rome was no longer worthy of his subjects’ loyalty.  Those discovered practicing the old religion were liable to be tortured and beheaded.  The priest hole was designed so that a cleric calling on a recusant home to say Mass could escape without notice, should Protestant officials...

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