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The opening titles of any Bond film are an artistic accomplishment all their own. The James Bond franchise has always set itself apart with the crazy opening title sequences that are packed with symbolism representing the types of hazards that Mr. Bond will be facing this time around.

Girls, guns, and silhouettes always seem to have a recurring role in these brief pre-film music videos, and the best of the best artists always seem to pull through to compose songs that are perfect for each film. From Tina Turner, to the Beatles, to Adele, each song is created specifically to suit each film and the crazy hallucinations that they pull off every couple of years.

What are our favorites from the last 20 years of Bond? Why, we thought you’d never ask…

7. Die Another Day

Fire and Ice. No, we aren’t talking about Game of Thrones. The most techno derived (and autotuned) of all the songs, this has to rank lowest for sheer annoyance factor. Madonna didn’t bring much to the table with “Die Another Day,” but the visuals do make up for it in some ways. The idea of fire and ice being interplayed throughout the credits is an intriguing way to visualize the two most important forces in the film, diamonds and the Icarus beam (you’ll have to watch to figure that out). It certainly leaves you with an impression of what this film is about, and is sure to stick with you long after the end credits roll.

6. GoldenEye

Guns and women are staples in any Bond opening sequence, but in GoldenEye, they take center stage. The most memorable visuals from this opening include the woman with the gun coming out of her mouth and all the ladies dancing on the ends of gun barrels like pedestals. As GoldenEye may well be remembered most favorably for spawning the best 1st person shooter video game of its time, it seems fitting that the guns take a bow in this solid Bond outing.

5. The World is Not Enough

While the song “The World is Not Enough” may actually be one of the franchise’s better entries, the visuals are incredibly trippy. Between the liquid people morphing in and out and the random floating orbs, the graphics don’t lend themselves to being easily understood. Most of the other openers on this list try and hint more at the content of the film, but following from liquid person to liquid person is definitely distracting enough to hide any true meaning crouching behind the technicolor.

4. Another Way to Die (Quantum of Solace)

One of the most impressive visuals that came out of the movie Quantum of Solace was that of Bond trudging through the sand. Most of his spectacular chases and take downs in other movies happen in modern metropolitan areas, but introducing Bond to the desert was a fresh take. The opening sequence brings the sand, and quite a bit of it. Whether it’s drifting, blowing or hiding a pretty lady, the sand finally gets its due. The song brings a bit of a rock edge to the usually more mellow openers, but it’s a welcome addition to the Bond pantheon.

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  • http://www.twitter.com/matsemann08 Matsemann08

    I need to watch the Skyfall opening again before I can place it, but currently my favorite is the Casino Royale one, the song was great and the visuals was very interesting and had quite a lot of action in it.

    • Daughter of Eve

      Ditto. Casino Royale is my favourite Bond movie in all aspects, chief among which is the character Vesper Lynd and Eva Green’s portrayal of her.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001034209529 Lauren Dipple

    My favourite is definitely Casino Royale – i thought it was fresh and original (note: no gyrating girls) and was related to the story:D

  • http://www.facebook.com/isak.kohaly Isak Kohaly

    Loved that you included “the World is Not Enough”. The credits are definitely nice but the song to me is amongst the very best in the Bond tradition. It succeeds in being pure Garbage and pure 007 without compromise.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Scott-Alan-Sauberlich-Jr/510533062 Scott Alan Sauberlich Jr.

    Just saw skyfall tonight. At first I was just listening to the song after it came on iTunes, but seeing and hearing it in the theater gave it so much more life than I could have expected. Loved it.

  • Azeem

    I have to disagree with you on ‘Another Way To Die’. That song was just awful and could not be remembered. The song needs to be memorable in order for it to be a good Bond song. I liked the graphics but the song was worse than ‘Die Another Day’.

    • Daughter of Eve

      I agree, Another Way to Die was just awful, seemed quite off at times too…as if Alicia Keys and Jack White’s timing was off

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Marieke-Muller/100001255271802 Marieke Muller

    People might burn me for saying this, but I love all 3 opening sequences for the Craig Bond films. Skyfall is number one, definitely, but Casino Royale and Quantum Of Solace make a good second and third.

  • http://twitter.com/dreamfall31 Kevin Slechta

    Hated the song for Quantum of Solace (and the movie haha), but the visual aspect of the opening is great. Casino Royale is hands down my favorite Bond intro! Skyfall has the best song though!

    • Daughter of Eve

      Agreed. I love the Casino Royale by far and it’s my favourite Bond intro too, both auditory and visual. Skyfall is second best song. Then Goldeneye,the World is Not Enough and Diamonds are Forever. I don’t even remember the videos.

  • http://twitter.com/Siriusnerd007 Kristen Keys

    I have to say I like all of these especially casino royal, but my favorites still have to be from the earlier movies with Sean Connery or Live and Let Die.

  • riddim

    I think the opening for “Snake Eater” from the Metal Gear Solid game series deserves an honorable mention. It’s a pitch perfect spin-off of the 007 classics and is better than quite a few of the openers on this list. I’m also sad to not see any classics on here. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_grSW2lt-Cw

  • Gn4m

    Why didn’t you list any of the older bond intros? Don’t you think they have a few gems as well? Of course they aren’t as technically advanced as the newer ones, but you really have to look past that and appreciate their creative ways of making it look amazing despite the lack of computer graphics. :)

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