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Which Bond film has the best Pre-Title sequence?
From Russia With Love
5%
 5% [ 1 ]
Goldfinger
20%
 20% [ 4 ]
Thunderball
5%
 5% [ 1 ]
You Only Live Twice
0%
 0% [ 0 ]
On Her Majesty's Secret Service
10%
 10% [ 2 ]
Diamonds Are Forever
15%
 15% [ 3 ]
Live And Let Die
0%
 0% [ 0 ]
The Man With The Golden Gun
5%
 5% [ 1 ]
The Spy Who Loved Me
5%
 5% [ 1 ]
Moonraker
0%
 0% [ 0 ]
For Your Eyes Only
0%
 0% [ 0 ]
Octopussy
5%
 5% [ 1 ]
A View To A Kill
0%
 0% [ 0 ]
The Living Daylights
5%
 5% [ 1 ]
Licence To Kill
0%
 0% [ 0 ]
Goldeneye
5%
 5% [ 1 ]
Tomorrow Never Dies
5%
 5% [ 1 ]
The World Is Not Enough
10%
 10% [ 2 ]
Die Another Day
0%
 0% [ 0 ]
Casino Royale
5%
 5% [ 1 ]
Quantum Of Solace
0%
 0% [ 0 ]
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PostSubject: Re: Rank the Pre-Title Sequences   Tue May 29, 2012 11:24 am

I think they did fine with Moore, they probably didnt regret it too much after LALD became a major hit.
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PostSubject: Re: Rank the Pre-Title Sequences   Tue May 29, 2012 12:07 pm

Nothing beats the shot of Bond of lighting a cigarette, just above that distinctive Lazenby chin. 8)
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PostSubject: Re: Rank the Pre-Title Sequences   Tue May 29, 2012 12:09 pm

And those ears of his we see from the backseat.
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PostSubject: Re: Rank the Pre-Title Sequences   Tue May 29, 2012 4:06 pm

The Spy Who Loved Me:

Sets up the film's characters, hints at the plot and sub-plot, and delivers a slick ski chase with a wow finish, segueing perfectly into the titles.

After the previous 3 or 4 films that everyone whinges about, Bond was back with a vengeance.
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PostSubject: Re: Rank the Pre-Title Sequences   Wed May 30, 2012 12:04 am

Honestly, Spy's PTS doesn't do much for me. I cringe at the "So does England" line and the little kazoo riff that follows. Also, Babs Bach is in it, and that's enough to debilitate anything.
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PostSubject: Re: Rank the Pre-Title Sequences   Wed May 30, 2012 3:58 am

Okay, so maybe 3 or 4 was an optimistically low estimate...
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PostSubject: Re: Rank the Pre-Title Sequences   Wed May 30, 2012 6:39 am

By decades:

1960s: TB
1970s: TSWLM
1980s: TLD
1990s: TND
2000s: CR

Best overall: TB, the first widescreen PTS and the first time the Bond actor actually did the gunbarrel walk followed by Connery at his apex battling the "widow" Bouvard and escaping in the jet pack. Underscored brilliantly by John Barry set against a visually pleasing French chateau backdrop and the requisite beautiful female(this time a comely, Franco-Japanese agent) as well.
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PostSubject: Re: Rank the Pre-Title Sequences   Wed May 30, 2012 10:45 pm

someone needs to vote and break the 3-way tie
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PostSubject: Re: Rank the Pre-Title Sequences   Wed May 30, 2012 11:14 pm

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The confrontation with Blofeld should have gone a bit longer I think, it feels anticlimatic the way it ends so quickly.
I've found that DAF makes way more sense if Bond kills the real Blofeld in the PTS, and the body double pretends to be Blofeld.
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PostSubject: Re: Rank the Pre-Title Sequences   Thu May 31, 2012 4:32 am

It's been suggested elsewhere that all three Blofelds were imposters and that the real Blofeld was still in hiding, recuperating from his injuries and didn't reappear until 1981.

That, of course, is revisionist bollocks. If Blofeld had been a wheelchair case as a result of his neck injury, he wouldn't have been behind the wheel of his Mercedes so soon after the fact. More likely he was "bashed into paraplegia" (as I read once) in '71.

More likely still, he was killed then and his unbilled appearance in FYEO was a joke, in an attempt to sabotage McClory's Warhead project and undermine his credibility.

Whatever. Trying to make chronological sense of the movie order is like trying to create a definitive, logical timeline for Star Trek or Doctor Who.
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PostSubject: Re: Rank the Pre-Title Sequences   Thu May 31, 2012 4:48 am

CJB wrote:
TND took Bond's newfound love for automatic weaponry to ridiculous levels.

Filthy habit.

I voted for GOLDFINGER as I've always had a softspot for it.

I also like FRWL, TB, OHMSS, TSWLM, FYEO, OP, TLD, LTK, GE, and CR.

Worst? QOS. Just a bunch of nothing.
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PostSubject: Re: Rank the Pre-Title Sequences   Fri Jun 01, 2012 2:16 pm

1. GoldenEye
2. The World is not Enough
3. A View to a Kill
4. Goldfinger
5. Die Another Day
6. The Living Daylights
7. Tomorrow Never Dies
8. License to Kill
9. Casino Royale
10. Moonraker
11. Quantum of Solace
12. For Your Eyes Only
13. Thunderball
14. On Her Majesty's Secret Service
15. Octopussy
16. Diamonds Are Forever
17. The Spy Who Loved Me
18. From Russia with Love
19. The Man with the Golden Gun
20. Live and Let Die
21. You Only Live Twice
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PostSubject: Re: Rank the Pre-Title Sequences   Sun Jun 03, 2012 12:44 am

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I see TWINE is now the highest ranked. If it had been only the bank job, I might rank it higher, but the boat chase is is a pointless rehash of earlier Roger Moore boat chases and the whole set up makes no sense.

It's more exciting than Moore's boat chases, and the whole set up makes perfect sense. Cigar Girl is there to kill Bond after he delivers the briefcase.
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PostSubject: Re: Rank the Pre-Title Sequences   Sun Jun 03, 2012 1:24 am

As much as I loved the pre-credits sequence from TWINE, it just went on far too long and turned into more of a short film than a teaser, the scenes at MI6 HQ also felt very out of place. If it had ended at the bank job I could well havevoted for it, but seeing as it didn't, I voted for DAF instead.
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PostSubject: Re: Rank the Pre-Title Sequences   Sun Jun 03, 2012 2:37 am

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I see TWINE is now the highest ranked. If it had been only the bank job, I might rank it higher, but the boat chase is is a pointless rehash of earlier Roger Moore boat chases and the whole set up makes no sense.

It's more exciting than Moore's boat chases, and the whole set up makes perfect sense. Cigar Girl is there to kill Bond after he delivers the briefcase.

She somehow bypasses MI6 security by parking her boat nearby with all kinds of weaponry, somehow knowing that a hole was going to blow up at a certain location and that Bond was going to pop his head out of that hole to give her the opportunity to take a shot at him. laugh It's all too stupidly convenient, even for a Bond movie.
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PostSubject: Re: Rank the Pre-Title Sequences   Sun Jun 03, 2012 2:55 am

DAF is ahead?

What a shocker!
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PostSubject: Re: Rank the Pre-Title Sequences   Sun Jun 03, 2012 4:53 am

To me the fight in the DAF PTS is the single worst fight in the entire series. Horribly staged and terribly fake looking. Only saved by it's relative shortness and Barry's great action cue.
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PostSubject: Re: Rank the Pre-Title Sequences   Sun Jun 03, 2012 5:17 am

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DAF is ahead?

What a shocker!

I strongly suspect Connery's entrance and his conversation with Marie probably has a lot to do with that.
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PostSubject: Re: Rank the Pre-Title Sequences   Sun Jun 03, 2012 6:36 am

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To me the fight in the DAF PTS is the single worst fight in the entire series. Horribly staged and terribly fake looking. Only saved by it's relative shortness and Barry's great action cue.

As much as I love Diamonds Are Forever, you're right, that is a terrible fight. It could have been ten times better if the directors had just used their heads to come up with a fight similiar to the fight with Peter Franks which comes later. A fierce duel with the Blofeld double and his two thugs to the death would have suited the tone of the PTS more accurately.
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PostSubject: Re: Rank the Pre-Title Sequences   Fri Jul 13, 2012 1:09 am

Is there any way of changing my winning vote or is it now forever carved into 'Bond and Beyond' stone?

I would like to change it to TLD (creating a four-way tie!)
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PostSubject: Re: Rank the Pre-Title Sequences   Sun Sep 02, 2012 1:58 am

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CR's pre-titles are pretty much perfect. Even after a hundred viewings (I'm sure), the cut from Dryden's office to Bond fighting Fischer always makes me jump.

I also like GE's pre-titles. I love the sequences that are almost stand-alone films in their own right, and GE does this almost perfectly.

As much as I dislike GF, the pre-titles are awesome, and possibly the best part of the film. They're really the prototype for what many films would try over the years, but never perfected until GE.

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On the other hand, I love FYEO ... but I think the pre-titles are pretty flat. Bond and Melina escaing Gonzalez's villa would be a better sequence. As it is, the whole thing feels unnecessary and clashes with the rest of the film. And then there's the delicatessen line.
Actually, even though Blofeld deserved a better ending at the end of the movie (whatever movie it is), but obviously couldn't because of rights reasons we all know, I have a theory about the pre-title ending.
Bond gets revenge on Blofeld after he killed someone he loved (Teresa), and later he reproaches Melina for doing the same.
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