In Skyfall, the contract killer Patrice travels to Shanghai where he forces entry into a skyscraper and shoots a man in an adjacent building with his sniper rifle, when he is attacked and inadvertedly thrown out of the window by Bond.
(image source: official international trailer)
The assassionation target is in a room with several people, including Sévérine, none of whom seem to be surprised by the fact that the target ends up with a bullet in his head the second he is being shown an obviously valuable painting.
Later Bond finds out that Sévérine hired Patrice for the hit, leaving me with the following questions:
- Did the target want to die? Was it an arranged suicide by an art lover? If so, why go through all the trouble? Flying in a contract killer, breaking into a building, killing a guard. A simple bullet in the head from a gun would have been so much easier. What's the point?
- If it was murder instead, still the question: If everyone in the room was in on it, why all the trouble? There is a high chance that something could go wrong. Patrice could miss or trigger an alarm while entering the building. Killing the target from 1m distance seems a lot easier. Also it would save a lot of money. (Patrice was paid multiple million dollars for the contract)