Saturday, June 8, 2013

In the beginning

The opening titles for a James Bond movie are sometimes more exciting and interesting than the main attraction. 14 of the James Bond films title sequences were designed by Maurice Binder, beginning with Dr. No (1962) in which animation, silhouettes and the James Bond 'theme' were first introduced.

Binder also created the iconic image of Bond as seen through a gun barrel.

Robert Brownjohn designed the brilliant titles for Goldfinger (1964), projecting live action onto various parts of golden girls. Shirley Bassey sang the title song, which was nearly nixed-- film producer Harry Saltzman hated it. With no time to replace the song with another, it stayed with the picture, went on to be a top ten hit across the globe and arguably the best in the Bond franchise.

You Only Live Twice (1967), Sean Connery's 5th turn as Bond is set in
Japan. The Binder title sequence features Nancy Sinatra for the title song,
her mild, thin voice glides over the montage of Asian girls and erupting volcanoes.
Despite a screenplay written by Roald Dahl, Connery seemed bored as Bond, and it showed.

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