The Skyfall Musical Opening Credits Sequence - Free Of Actual Credits
Daniel Kleinman created the opening titles for every James Bond filmfrom Goldeneye to Casino Royale and one of the mistakes made withQuantum of Solace, though far from its worst, was that he was pushedaside for MK12, who turned in something brilliantly slick and handsomebut lacking in any real resonance.
So Kleinman came back for Skyfall, and within the very particulargeneric constraints of Bond opening credits, turned in somethingpretty compelling and rich in its own right.
It's of particular significance that this is designed to be seenbefore the film. Afterwards, it would just seem like a remix ofmotifs, but before hand it's like a riddle. "Stag's head what? Hallof mirrors why?"
That odd little clip sets the tone, sets the pace, and throws outenough crumbs to make the plot that unfolds afterwards seem likefar more of a fun mystery than it really is - it's a fun chase, sure, but hardly a head scratching puzzle.
The most interesting thing that I noticed now is that the opening shows young James.
Me too. I was puzzled by that when I saw the movie, except I merely thought that they had used a stand in for Craig that simply looked too young. Now without the credits it becomes obvious that it is supposed to be Craig's Bond as a teenager or young boy.
I think these may be my favourite credits. I love too how some of the imagery - beyond fitting into the film - also harkens back to some of the classic covers to the Bond Hardcovers and paperbacks from the late 1960's/early-1970's.
If I were to split hairs the only thing I could do without is the hand/fingers pulling Craig down. For some reason it kind of bugs me, but only in a minor way.
Yeah, it bugs me too, though not as much as when I was watching the opening for the first time in the cinema.
I think it might be - at least for me - because it blurs the line too much between the end of the pre-credit sequence and the credit-sequence. It seems too realized, rather than stylized, almost as if it is intruding on the narrative of the film itself maybe?
Haven't seen the film yet -- and I'm not any kind of spoilerphobe, so I have no trouble with watching this out of context -- but holy crap. That's like seeing Steranko's Nick Fury imagery come to life. Now I really can't wait to see it on the big screen.
(Though I'd fear for the psyche of anyone in the theater who might watch that sequence while high. That's some serious acid trip stuff there.)
Of the new Bond flicks, I think these are the 2nd best titles behind "Die Another Day" and that's only because of DAD's unique use of the title sequence to advance time/the story. I absolutely LOVED these titles.