Tuesday, 7 July 2020

the art of the title

Having a good deal of other credits to his name, film title designer Maurice Binder (*1918 – †1991) is best known for his signature, iconic opening sequences for sixteen films in the James Bond franchise (see also), beginning with Doctor No in 1962 where the gun barrel perspective and silhouette montages first appeared. Below is the introduction of the 1977 The Spy Who Loved Me—probably Binder’s finest and most imitated vignettes, featuring Carly Simon performing the power ballad “Nobody Does It Better,” which premiered in London on this day.