Every Daniel Craig James Bond Prior Credit Sequence, Rated

[Editor’s note: The following contains spoilers for No Time to Die.]One of the hallmarks of James Bond movies are the opening teasers. Besides Doctor no?, this is the first adaptation of Ian Fleming novel, all other movies in the franchise had a previous credit chain. When Sean Connery this era of establishing these cold openings as a franchise, Roger Moore the movies turned them into the action sets we expected. But Daniel Craig movies, and especially There’s no time to die, tried something a little different. Craig’s swan song as Bond is the longest-running film in the franchise’s history, and the pre-title sequences set the stage by shooting a whopping 20+ minutes.

So how successful are Craig’s pre-credits? We take a look back at all five films and rank the openings. This rating is based on how memorable each sequence is, what works, what doesn’t, and most importantly, how enjoyable the action is.

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5. Quantum of consolation


Unfortunately, Daniel Craig’s second year James Bond role was the least successful. The norm of comfort considered by everyone to be worst entry in the new age, and the opening sequence is indicative of that.

At only 4 minutes, this short teaser is a heart-pounding, quintessential chase scene. This is like James Bond. Bond is in a great car, he has villains on his tail, and there seems to be no end to the frenzy and stunt work on display. But these are also the reasons why the movie’s opening is last on the list — the chase is just that. And a messy, messy edit at the time.

A lot of these sequences look like a car commercial. We all love a good shot of a gorgeous Aston Martin, but that’s not what a 2008 Bond movie should focus on. Rapid cuts also make it impossible to contextualize what’s going on. At one point, one of the black cars crashes and you don’t know if Bond was the one in the accident until he reappears. There’s nothing wrong with a simple car chase, but it should still be a good one.


4. There’s no time to die

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There’s no time to die has the longest pre-credits sequence in James Bond history and it’s heavily packed. Unlike most of the franchise, this one begins with a flashback to Madeleine (Lea Seydoux) her past and her connection to the man became the main antagonist of the movie, Lyutsifer Safin (Rami Malek). The scene then shifts to the present when Bond and Madeleine are on vacation in Matera, Italy. A long romantic moment followed by a spectacular chase along the narrow old streets before the final bend — Bond abandoned Madeleine, thinking she had betrayed him.

Young Madeleine’s (Coline Defaud) the trials took so long and were quite painful because it focused on a small child. The scenes with Bond and the older Madeleine have a little bit of everything: explosions, hand-to-hand combat, car chases, and gunfights. The scenes also establish central mysteries tied to the emotional core of the Bond character in the film. There’s a lot to pull in and one can’t help but wonder if the film was influenced by trying to put too much into its chilling opening.

Some things have been saved There’s no time to die from the last position on this list. The sound editing is breathtaking, as are the action movie stunts. And we’ve never seen Bond look happier — except once before in About His Majesty’s secret service, which There’s no time to die Direct reference to the chorus from Louis Armstrongof “We Have All the Time in the World”.

3. Skyfall

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After the disappointment of The norm of comfort, manager Sam Mendes cut his work for him for the third Craig entry. And he spits out all the dazzling guns with Skyfall. The movie begins with a beautiful, adrenaline-filled action scene. Bond is in the field with rookie Eve Moneypenny (Naomie Harris) chase a valid MacGuffin and both have M (Judi Dench) at MI6 headquarters barking orders at them. Backup M is Tanner (Rory Kinnear) and a huge contingent of agents ready to send medical evacuations and pull security footage when needed. Bond is often thought of as a lone wolf and the rest of MI6 is merely a weapon in his arsenal, so Skyfall gave viewers another look at Bond’s role and place in the organization.

The opening teaser is shot tight and tense. Bond’s personality shines through as he tries to risk his mission to save a colleague from bleeding before reluctantly following orders. He is also a keen field agent, which becomes evident during the chase through Istanbul. Bond doesn’t have to get behind the wheel to help Moneypenny out.

The battle scene on the ship is wonderfully choreographed and suspenseful. But nothing can beat spoilers. Moneypenny was ordered to shoot despite the risk of hitting Bond, and quickly shot him. Bond falls into the water and goes straight into the title sequence, and the audience has to ponder his fate for nearly five minutes.

Skyfall considered by many to be one of the biggest entries in the franchise, and that tone is set by this tense opening.

2. Casino Royale

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It’s hard to imagine that when Daniel Craig was first cast as James Bond, the announcement was met with angry voice. People were willing to get rid of him even before he shot a scene, but 15 years later Craig has helped rejuvenate the series.

With their backs against the wall, creators Casino Royale Had to think outside the box. And they did! Adapted from the first book by director Fleming Martin Campbell (who also commands Yellow eyes) introduces the new Bond in a completely black and white color scheme. We follow a corrupt MI6 department head named Dryden (Malcolm Sinclair), who was condescending towards Bond, he may also have been an advocate for one of Craig’s critics. Through this scene, we learn we’re dealing with a very green Bond – he hasn’t even hit 00, but he’s already there.

Honestly: we watch Bond movies for their glitz and high-octane action. There’s a tendency to forget that Bond is a spy first, so the creators made a smart move to tone down the action and focus more on that aspect of Bond’s role. The tension in the scene increased as the joke between Dryden and Bond unfolded. We really don’t know who has the upper hand here. Interwoven with the near-static scenes in Dryden’s office is the visceral battle between Bond and Dryden’s liaison, in a restroom of all places. Flashbacks to the war are intricate, a nod to both the franchise’s long history and even the spoof of the same name about Bond.

The clip ends with a witty comment from Bond welcoming viewers to a new era in franchising.

1. Ghosts


“The dead are still alive” is the precious title of The spectre, which then disappears into the iconic opening sequence in Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead. The pre-title sequence weaves through a giant parade through the streets of Mexico City before staging a scene of a masked couple entering a hotel. It wasn’t long before the mask was removed and the wearers were revealed to be Bond and a soon to be forgotten Bond girl, Estrella (Stephanie Sigman). Bond took off to track his quarry through the rooftops.

When Skyfall is said to have the perfect bond opener, The spectre put it in the post with boldness. The first half of the opening sequence is a single shot nearly five minutes long (in fact, some smart editing and CHOLD used to remove cuts) draw the audience into the scene. This technique is practically perfect and absolutely fascinating. The camera weaves through the crowd and then zooms in to focus solely on Bond and Estrella, helping viewers capture the moment. And then, as the camera follows Bond walking across the rooftops, just watch Craig’s precise movements and you’ll be mesmerized.

And the teaser doesn’t end there! As the large crowd enjoyed the celebration, Bond boarded a fishing helicopter. There’s a real sense of danger, not just to Bond but to the unexpected mobs below him, as Bond tries to fend off the villains and take control of the helicopter. We breathe a sigh of relief when Bond wins. But then the real mystery begins – what is that badge on his quarry ring?

The beautiful cinematography and camerawork, plus the Day of the Dead setting, put the credits in The spectre on the rest.

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