What is your favourite/least favourite Pre-Title-Sequence?

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  • Posts: 1,171
    STLCards3 wrote: »
    HOT TAKE ALERT!

    LALD's PTS was atmospheric, intriguing, and a perfect mood-setter for the oddly satisfactory supernatural tinge of the film. Bond's mysterious absence (especially while introducing a new Bond) fit perfectly well with the tone of the film. It also led perfectly into one of the best title songs of the series. I don't need to see Bond in THIS PTS for it to work.

    I totally agree. And it's got the weird coffin trick everybody loves!
  • R1s1ngs0nR1s1ngs0n France
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    STLCards3 wrote: »
    HOT TAKE ALERT!

    LALD's PTS was atmospheric, intriguing, and a perfect mood-setter for the oddly satisfactory supernatural tinge of the film. Bond's mysterious absence (especially while introducing a new Bond) fit perfectly well with the tone of the film. It also led perfectly into one of the best title songs of the series. I don't need to see Bond in THIS PTS for it to work.
    100% agree 👍
  • goldenswissroyalegoldenswissroyale Switzerland
    Posts: 3,328
    The funeral murder in LALD is good, the sudden change of the music is mean and cool. The other two murders are a bit odd but the first one shows that Kananga has political power and the vodoo stuff is solid because it helps to close the circle later when Bond saves Solitaire from this place.
    The LALD PTS works surprisingly good for the fact that Bond is absent, however, I prefer most of the others.
  • QBranchQBranch Always have an escape plan. Mine is watching James Bond films.
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    I used to rate the LALD PTS near the bottom simply because of the lack of Bond, but I find it great. I always want to see more of Hamilton talking like Shane Rimmer. Very cool that we see a snippet of each of the main locations so early on.

    I might put the DAF PTS at the bottom but I really like the mud bath scene.

    Favourite PTSs are: GF, TSWLM, GE, TND, CR.
  • peterpeter Toronto
    edited June 2021 Posts: 6,217
    Favourite:

    TLD
    OHMSS/SF
    TB
    GF
    QoS

    Least:
    I’m exerting a lot of energy since I sincerely like all of the PTSs… but I suppose the GE one gets on my nerves. From the one liner to introduce the new Bond to Alec’s “death” (the fake bullets somehow really killed one of the Russians), to having a man catch up to a plummeting plane….
  • edited June 2021 Posts: 2,491
    The LALD pre-title isn't bad on its own but definitely suffers next to the best in the series. And it squanders the chance to give Roger Moore a really memorable introduction scene as Bond, in the way that OHMSS, TLD, GE and CS did (and DN, though it didn't have a pre-title sequence).
  • DeathToSpies84DeathToSpies84 Haydock, England
    Posts: 222
    STLCards3 wrote: »
    HOT TAKE ALERT!

    LALD's PTS was atmospheric, intriguing, and a perfect mood-setter for the oddly satisfactory supernatural tinge of the film. Bond's mysterious absence (especially while introducing a new Bond) fit perfectly well with the tone of the film. It also led perfectly into one of the best title songs of the series. I don't need to see Bond in THIS PTS for it to work.

    That’s a good point 🤔
  • Revelator wrote: »
    The LALD pre-title isn't bad on its own but definitely suffers next to the best in the series. And it squanders the chance to give Roger Moore a really memorable introduction scene as Bond, in the way that OHMSS, TLD and GE did (and DN, though it didn't have a pre-title sequence).

    You gotta admit waking up next to an Italian bird in a yellow bathrobe pretty much defined Moore's take on Bond though.
  • Posts: 2,345
    I'm sure I probably chimed in on this at some point in years past, and my takes were probably the same back then as well.

    Casino Royale's PTS is a cinematic masterwork (as is the larger film) that is hard to top in movies as a whole, nevermind within Bond. If I were to pick a closest competitor, though, my first inclination would be The Living Daylights, although I have to say upon my latest rewatch that I found Licence to Kill's entire opening to be just about perfect and it might be my new #2 in the same way that the film is my new #2 Bond film.

    The worst has got to be Live and Let Die by default. The New Orleans third is pretty entertaining ("Whose funeral is it?" "Yours!") but the way the UN guy gets taken out is incredibly silly and the voodoo/snake stuff would've been better if it were actually Baron Samedi handling the snake instead of just... some guy? And how the hell do you have a Bond PTS without Bond? I know FRWL and TMWTGG are technically guilty of the same sin, but I find the intrigue behind FRWL's to be endlessly gripping, and while TMWTGG's PTS is certainly one of the bottom tier ones as well, it at least does an okay job of setting up Scaramanga as a threat.
  • marcmarc Universal Exports
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    While I don't like the LALD PTS overall, without the Caribbean part (and perhaps the somewhat crass violence of the stabbing that can almost be felt) it would have been a really good PTS, and I don't mind Bond's absence at all. The slow funeral procession and the song leader are great.
  • Jordo007Jordo007 Merseyside
    edited June 2021 Posts: 1,341
    Favourite's
    TLD, what a way to introduce a new Bond
    Goldeneye, one my favourite stunts in the series. I just wish the first shot of Pierce would have been him peeking round the corner, instead upside down in a stall. Cut the bathroom bit out completely.
    Casino Royale, sets the tone for the film and this era of Bond perfectly. No time wasted and it tells you everything we need to know about pre 00 Bond.
    Goldfinger, classic Bond at it's best
    Skyfall, I love how we're just thrown into the action with no real build up, like QOS but with better editing and stronger plot

    Least favourite's
    LALD, very creative and memorable but no Bond stands out to me, he should have been there
    TMWTGG, same problem as LALD, the PTS to me should be us following Bond on a random mission or him slowly uncovering the plot that lies ahead.
    DAD, Bond surfing felt weird to me and the fight choreography was so forced on the hover graft. The title sequence was great though
    AVTAK, standard, a little bit forgettable, aside from the out of place Beach Boys song
    DAF, bit of a weak start to a bad film. Never understood the mousetrap in his pocket or the terrible editing of the line Bond, James Bond.
  • Posts: 11,003
    1. Casino Royale
    2. GoldenEye
    3. No Time to Die
    4. The Spy Who Loved Me
    5. Goldfinger
    6. The Living Daylights
    7. Spectre
    8. For Your Eyes Only
    9. Skyfall
    10. Quantum of Solace
    11. From Russia with Love
    12. Moonraker
    13. Thunderball
    14. On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
    15. The World Is Not Enough
    16. Die Another Day
    17. Tomorrow Never Dies
    18. Licence to Kill
    19. The Man with the Golden Gun
    20. A View to a Kill
    21. Octopussy
    22. Live and Let Die
    23. You Only Live Twice
    24. Diamonds Are Forever
  • ThunderfingerThunderfinger @!#¤%^§
    Posts: 43,627
    NTTD certainly had one of the very best.
  • Posts: 11,003
    NTTD certainly had one of the very best.

    I was blown away - it was the full range of emotions, and 100 times more blood-pumping than anything in SP.
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    My two favorites are SF and TWINE. Best part of both movies.
  • Posts: 2,345
    25: Die Another Day
    24: The Man with the Golden Gun
    23: Diamonds Are Forever
    22: A View to a Kill
    21: Live and Let Die
    20: SPECTRE
    19: Quantum of Solace
    18: For Your Eyes Only
    17: Dr. No (placed here just for fun; if the Three Blind Mice sequence was pre-titles, this is where I'd rank it)
    16: The World is Not Enough
    15: You Only Live Twice
    14: Moonraker
    13: Thunderball
    12: Tomorrow Never Dies
    11: From Russia with Love
    10: On Her Majesty's Secret Service
    9: Goldfinger
    8: The Spy Who Loved Me
    7: Licence to Kill
    6: Octopussy (the only one to truly have not one iota of connection to the rest of the film!)
    5: Skyfall
    4: GoldenEye
    3: The Living Daylights
    2: No Time to Die
    1: Casino Royale (cinematic perfection; this sits up there with the likes of The Godfather for me as far as the greatest first scenes in movies are concerned)
  • 4EverBonded4EverBonded Riding a white swan to Matera
    Posts: 12,436
    I'll try to rank them all later. Just now, I think my top 5 would be:

    1) NTTD
    2) CR
    3) TSWLM
    4) GE
    5) GF
  • edited October 2021 Posts: 7,358
    I honestly don't think the PTS in NTTD can be topped. It was bondian perfection for me. A mini movie covering everything I want from Bond; danger, mysteri, glamour, romance, sadness, stunts, bondian moments... And all that without feeling too long. I am almost stunned by how good it is!

    Even if I hated the rest of the film I would watch it again and again just for the PTS!
  • marcmarc Universal Exports
    Posts: 1,929
    1. MR
    2. TND
    3. GE
    4. OP
    5. LTK
    6. FYEO
    7. YOLT

    8. SF
    9. TSWLM
    10. AVTAK
    11. TLD
    12. DAF
    13. TMWTGG

    14. DAD
    15. TWINE
    16. FRWL
    17. OHMSS
    18. GF
    (19. DN)

    20. TB
    21. QoS
    22. CR
    23. LALD
    24. NTTD (because of the Norway opening; the rest would be No. 9)
    25. SP
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