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The baddie in the new Bond film is a stereotypical 'mad man', who reinforces every stereotype about mental health service users

If Ed Milliband really wants to challenge the stigmatising of mental health service users, then he should perhaps watch the latest Bond movie, Skyfall. Then, like me, he may be saying: please could this be the last of the franchise?

Given the appalling track record of western intelligence agencies (having failed to warn on the collapse of the eastern bloc, 9/11, the invasion of Iraq, Afghanistan, etc), blockbusters about secret agents don't necessarily strike as offering the most interesting or convincing metaphor for our times.

It's difficult to be persuaded that director Sam Mendes is a genius, when all he has actually done is repackage the machismo, the product placement, the division of women into mother figures and sexy sub-plots, and the constant killing, that might best be kept in a 1970s left luggage locker. »

- Peter Beresford

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