In Skyfall, while Bond first meets Q in a museum they are watching the painting of a ship dragged by another ship and Q remarks:
Always makes me feel a little melancholy. A grand old warship being hauled away for scrap. Inevitability of time, don't you think?
Which is rather ignored by Bond who just sees a "bloody big ship". Given that the aging of Bond (and the political aging of the whole MI6) is a major theme of the movie, it doesn't take much to see that this "grand old warship" is a symbol for Bond himself (or maybe the MI6 as a whole).
Now during the last scene, when Bond is in Mallory's (or rather M's) office and more ready to go on than ever you can shortly see another painting of a ship. My question is: What painting is that?, and even more important, Is this related to the earlier usage of a painted ship as a symbol (maybe now emphasizing the atmoshpere of rejuvenation or something the like)?
Now of course I could be overinterpreting things here and it is just, well, a "bloody big ship", but given the usage of the stolen Modigliani in the assassination scene in Shanghai it may also be that the movie indeed has a "thing" for paintings.