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Age discrimination and Skyfall

by on November 5, 2012

Possible spoiler alert for Skyfall – and I haven’t even seen it yet!

According to this this piece  in The Mail, law firm Dundas & Wilson have commented on the possible age discrimination by the Secret Service in its (of course entirely fictional) treatment of its (entirely fictional) MI6 Chief ‘M’ in the latest Bond film, Skyfall.  The character is apparently advised in the film to take voluntary retirement and make way for a younger moderniser.

Laura Allner, one of the solicitors at Dundas & Wilson, advises that any employer wishing compulsorily to retire someone on age grounds needs an objective justification. She comments that ‘as Judi Dench’s M, however, is not playing an especially physically active role, it could be difficult for MI6 to show there was an objective justification for requiring her to stop work.’

A friend commented to me that ‘there’s a wonderful and thought-provoking ageist theme [in Skyfall]: is James Bond still up to the job or is he past it? Very fitting for a film series that started exactly 50 years ago’.

I think I’d better go and see the film for myself. For purely professional reasons, of course.

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2 Comments
  1. Paula Fitzgerald permalink

    Well…MI6 could cause a stir and… deploy the same argument as ‘Seldon v Clarkson Wright and Jakes’ (April 2012).

    With regards to James Bond’s suitability for the job, I happily volunteer to go, watch the film and pass a judgement…for purely professional reasons, of course!

  2. I finally saw the film last night – highly recommended!

    The scene in which it is suggested that M takes voluntary retirement also features that much-used term ‘dignity’ which so often crops up in the context of older workers leaving their jobs.

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