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May 3 Bond Pretitle Sequences: Casino Royale (1967)

Bond Pretitle Sequences: Casino Royale (1967)

Simon Pitt | Sunday 3rd May 2015

Forty years before Daniel Craig drowned a man in the toilets, there was another Casino Royale. Variously described as "a mess", "the most indulgent film ever made" or "a psychedelic, absurd masterpiece". This is the pre-title sequence of that film.


Aug 26 Bond Pretitle Sequences: Dr No

Bond Pretitle Sequences: Dr No

Simon Pitt | Monday 26th August 2013

And so, after 22 films, 22 pre-credit sequences, two toilets, four police chases, two harnesses, two sequences bathed in red light and one duck on a head, I've arrived at Dr No, where it all started. The first Eon Bond film and the beginning of my journey through Bond Pretitle Sequences. But has it all ended in an anti-climax. Dr No doesn't have a sequence before the credits. Or does it?


Aug 25 Bond Pretitle Sequences: From Russia With Love

Bond Pretitle Sequences: From Russia With Love

Simon Pitt | Sunday 25th August 2013

Sean Connery is back as Bond. After the success of Dr No, Bond returned. And this time, there was a pre-title sequence. An exciting, action-packed mini-film that sees the death of Bond. Should cinema-goers demand their money back? Is the rest of the film just M wondering what to put in Bond's obituary?


Aug 23 Bond Pretitle Sequences: Goldfinger

Bond Pretitle Sequences: Goldfinger

Simon Pitt | Friday 23rd August 2013

Goldfinger contains, in many ways, the original Bond pre-title sequence. It has it all. A big explosion. A cavalier pun in response to the death of a fellow human being and a belly dancer. Oh and a seagull.


Aug 20 Bond Pretitle Sequences: Thunderball

Bond Pretitle Sequences: Thunderball

Simon Pitt | Tuesday 20th August 2013

I'm watching every Bond pre-credit sequence. Today Thunderball. And he strikes... like Thunderball. Whatever that means. And whoever "he" is. Bond hits a woman, his car breaks down and he delivers some flowers. It's an action packed thrill ride.


Aug 16 Bond Pretitle Sequences: You Only Live Twice

Bond Pretitle Sequences: You Only Live Twice

Simon Pitt | Friday 16th August 2013

I'm watching the beginning of every Bond film, up to the credits. Today is You Only Live Twice. Connery is in Japan. A lot. And there's a volcano that opens up.


Aug 13 Bond Pretitle Sequences: On Her Majesty's Secret Service

Bond Pretitle Sequences: On Her Majesty's Secret Service

Simon Pitt | Tuesday 13th August 2013

I have got up to On Her Majesty's Secret Service, in my quest to watch the opening sequence to every Bond film. Today, the one with the guy who was only Bond once, as someone at work called it.


Aug 10 Bond Pretitle Sequences: Diamonds Are Forever

Bond Pretitle Sequences: Diamonds Are Forever

Simon Pitt | Saturday 10th August 2013

Finally, after the silly Moore years, the suave Brosnan years, the brutish Craig period, and the lumpy Dalton films, Connery, the real Bond, walks into the gun barrel. I've been watching the pre-credit teasers of each Bond film, working backwards from Skyfall. Today is the last Connery film: Diamonds are Forever


Aug 7 Bond Pretitle Sequences: Live and Let Die

Bond Pretitle Sequences: Live and Let Die

Simon Pitt | Wednesday 7th August 2013

I'm watching all of the Bond pre-title sequences. Finally, I've got through the Roger Moore years, and arrived at the start, the shocking moment, the first gun barrel sequence where Bond doesn't wear a hat.


Aug 4 Bond Pretitle Sequences: The Man with the Golden Gun

Bond Pretitle Sequences: The Man with the Golden Gun

Simon Pitt | Sunday 4th August 2013

I'm still watching the beginning of each Bond film. Today is The Man with the Golden Gun, another film with gold in the title. A little person called Nick Nack, a man with a supernumerary nipple (they're more common than you might expect) and a waxwork of Roger Moore.


Jul 31 Bond Pretitle Sequences: The Spy Who Loved Me

Bond Pretitle Sequences: The Spy Who Loved Me

Simon Pitt | Wednesday 31st July 2013

I'm working my way through all of the pre-credit teasers to each Bond film (I'm fun like that). Today is The Spy Who Loved Me, praised by Alan Partridge as "the greatest film ever made", and not "the one where a laser goes up his jaffas". It might not be the greatest film ever, but is it the greatest pre-title sequence?


Jul 29 Bond Pretitle Sequences: Moonraker

Bond Pretitle Sequences: Moonraker

Simon Pitt | Monday 29th July 2013

I've been working my way through the Bond films, just watching the first five to fifteen minutes of each, up to the opening titles. Today, Moonraker, the worst Bond film ever made. But how does it fare if you judge it just on the first ten minutes?


Jul 27 Bond Pretitle Sequences: For Your Eyes Only

Bond Pretitle Sequences: For Your Eyes Only

Simon Pitt | Saturday 27th July 2013

I'm going through and watching all of the Bond films, starting with Skyfall and working backwards. Today is For Your Eyes Only, a sensible Bond film with an awful pre-credit teaser.


Jul 25 Bond Pretitle Sequences: Octopussy

Bond Pretitle Sequences: Octopussy

Simon Pitt | Thursday 25th July 2013

I've been working my way through all the Bond films, watching the pre-title teaser from each. Today is the naughtily entitled Octopussy. Cuba, a tiny plane and the Roger Moore silliness continues.


Jul 23 Bond Pretitle Sequences: A View to a Kill

Bond Pretitle Sequences: A View to a Kill

Simon Pitt | Tuesday 23rd July 2013

I'm still watching all of the pre-credit teasers to Bond films. Today is A View to A Kill, a Bond film probably set in the mind of a retired and senile Bond, as he sits in a retirement home. The Beach Boys playing on the radio.


Jul 21 Bond Pretitle Sequences: The Living Daylights

Bond Pretitle Sequences: The Living Daylights

Simon Pitt | Sunday 21st July 2013

I'm watching every Bond pre-credit teaser in reverse order. Today is The Living Daylights. War games Gibraltar and fun with the KGB.


Jul 19 Bond Pretitle Sequences: Licence to Kill

Bond Pretitle Sequences: Licence to Kill

Simon Pitt | Friday 19th July 2013

I'm continuing my viewing of all the Bond pre-title sequences teasers in reverse order. Today is Licence to Kill; probably the most violent Bond film ever made.


Jul 16 Bond Pretitle Sequences: Goldeneye

Bond Pretitle Sequences: Goldeneye

Simon Pitt | Tuesday 16th July 2013

I'm watching all of the Bond pre-credit teasers one after another. This time Goldeneye. A woman with a strange fetish, another space laser (sort of thing) and the Russians aren't villains this time.


Jul 13 Bond Pretitle Sequences: Tomorrow Never Dies

Bond Pretitle Sequences: Tomorrow Never Dies

Simon Pitt | Saturday 13th July 2013

I'm watching all of the Bond pre-credit teasers one after another. This time Tomorrow Never Dies. A remote controlled car, a newspaper mogul who definitely isn't inspired by Rupert Murdoch and fun with sat nav.


Jul 11 Bond Pretitle Sequences: The World is Not Enough

Bond Pretitle Sequences: The World is Not Enough

Simon Pitt | Thursday 11th July 2013

I'm watching all of the Bond pre-credit teasers one after another. Today is The World is Not Enough. Denise Richards as a nuclear scientist in hotpants, a man with a bullet in his brain and something to do with oil.


Jul 9 Bond Pretitle Sequences: Die Another Day

Bond Pretitle Sequences: Die Another Day

Simon Pitt | Tuesday 9th July 2013

I'm watching all of the Bond pre-credit teasers one after another. Today is Die Another Day. North Korean face changing, space lasers and a man with diamonds in his face forever.


Jul 7 Bond Pretitle Sequences: Casino Royale

Bond Pretitle Sequences: Casino Royale

Simon Pitt | Sunday 7th July 2013

I'm watching all of the Bond pre-credit teasers one after another. Today is Casino Royale, black and white soviet-like thrills, and Russian hats.


Jul 5 Bond Pretitle Sequences: Quantum of Solace

Bond Pretitle Sequences: Quantum of Solace

Simon Pitt | Friday 5th July 2013

I'm watching all of the Bond pre-credit teasers one after another. Today is Quantum of Solace, half way between a Bourne-clone and a disappointment. It gets the balance wrong, and misses out on a better twist.


Jul 3 Bond Pretitle Sequences: Skyfall

Bond Pretitle Sequences: Skyfall

Simon Pitt | Wednesday 3rd July 2013

Being thrown out of a plane without a parachute. Throwing an electric heater into a bath. Single-handedly taking out half the world's terrorists. The pre-title sequences to James Bond films feature some of the most memorable (and at times ridiculous) moments of the series. Simon starts watching and commenting on all of the Bond pre-title sequences


Jun 25 Review: Taken 2 and Video Game Films

Review: Taken 2 and Video Game Films

Simon Pitt | Tuesday 25th June 2013

Simon continues his pattern of reviewing average action films months after their release with Taken 2.


May 22 Review: Parker

Review: Parker

Simon Pitt | Wednesday 22nd May 2013

In which Jason Statham punches a collection of things.


Mar 18 Review: The American

Review: The American

Simon Pitt | Monday 18th March 2013

Working through his DVD backlog, Simon watches The American, George Clooney's scrawniest role to date.


Nov 11 Review: Skyfall

Review: Skyfall

Simon Pitt | Sunday 11th November 2012

Bond holds a special place in the British consciousness. But what do we want from Bond any more? And does Skyfall give us that?


May 6 Video: All About Widescreen

Video: All About Widescreen

Robert Weedon | Sunday 6th May 2012

In their second visual article, Image Dissectors examine aspect ratios on film and television with the aid of some biscuits.


Feb 28 A Month in the Country - Falling Man

A Month in the Country - Falling Man

Robert Weedon | Monday 28th February 2011

As Colin Firth and The King's Speech clean up the film awards, Robert looks back to Firth's much earlier, but similarly afflicted first leading role in the 1987 film A Month in the Country.


Aug 15 Keeping the Children Quiet

Keeping the Children Quiet

Simon Pitt | Sunday 15th August 2010

The summer holidays have brought with them a deluge of children's films, designed to cash in on frazzled parents' desire for a few minutes of peace. But are these really what children want to watch? Simon considers TV and films from a child's point of view.


Jul 27 No, Mr. Bond, I expect you to die.

No, Mr. Bond, I expect you to die.

Robert Weedon | Tuesday 27th July 2010

As EON's Bond series hits another stumbling block, Robert wonders if the real Bond villain might be bad luck.


Jul 26 News: UK Film Council to be abolished

News: UK Film Council to be abolished

Robert Weedon | Monday 26th July 2010

As part of a budget reduction at the Department of Culture Media and Sport, Jeremy Hunt has decided to close the UK Film Council. Image Dissectors looks at what this might mean.


Mar 28 Review: Alice in Wonderland in 2D

Review: Alice in Wonderland in 2D

Simon Pitt | Sunday 28th March 2010

Simon manages to find a cinema to watch Alice in Wonderland in 2D, and reviews Tim Burton's latest Depp-fest.


Feb 20 One of 'The Best Articles of 2010'

One of 'The Best Articles of 2010'

Simon Pitt | Saturday 20th February 2010

Simon takes a look at some of the overblown phrases on film posters and traces their origin in 'one of the best articles of 2010 about quotations on film posters'.


Aug 22 Suitable for All?

Suitable for All?

Robert Weedon | Saturday 22nd August 2009

Robert examines the current BBFC ratings system and wonders if its categories are really useful. Warning: contains thematic elements.


Aug 20 Who Owns What?

Who Owns What?

Simon Pitt | Thursday 20th August 2009

The world of media conglomerations is a complex and gnotty web. Simon has a look at exactly who owns what.


Aug 2 The British Are Coming?

The British Are Coming?

Robert Weedon | Sunday 2nd August 2009

Robert writes an inconclusive little introduction to a planned series of articles on British films, and highlights the influence of three of the big names in British cinema.


Jul 19 A few aspects of picture ratio

A few aspects of picture ratio

Robert Weedon | Sunday 19th July 2009

Robert has a go at writing an incomprehensive little guide to watching films at home on television, and concludes that you probably shouldn't bother.


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