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Yes, the tentacle girl dancing will sit with me forever - I loved it. The rest of the titles? Not Kleinman's best (though that's still a complement). I liked the "eyes" scene as it felt very Hitchcock, though of course the film didn't live up to that (though I liked it!).
But yes the transitions in SPECTRE's PTS were very lazy and unpolished, and the visuals weren't nearly as significant or striking as the dragons or burning targets in Skyfall's PTS.
Also, the spectre of S.P.E.C.T.R.E. is a S P E C T R E, as in ghost - not an octopus. I see why the octopus could work, with multiple arms "reaching" around the world, etc, but I don't think it fit very well.
It might have been because Syd Cain was production designer for FRWL while Ken Adam was away on Dr. Strangelove, and then Adam came back for TB, and might have changed it. Whether this is true or not, I don't know. Just a theory.
Kleinman has been great for a long time, but his titles for SP were a little uninspired. Personally, I feel he has run his course. The titles are becoming predictable and flat (and as some have said SP was pretty cringeworthy); I feel it’s time someone younger with a fresher eye took over.
SP felt like Kleinman sleepwalking his way through the cliché rotes. I think an edgier and younger British graphic designer could have really made something more striking and memorable. I feel Danny has done some great work for the Bond films, but I really promote the idea of fresher blood. Otherwise, you can start to sense the staleness.
The problem with Bond is that it’s a franchise built around traditionalism. The sheer notion of getting rid of one of the franchise’s stalwart with someone else is practically blasphemous. However, it’s one of the reasons the series has a tendency to become rather groggy and predictable. Really both Peter Lamont and Maurice Bonder should have gone in the ‘80’s.
The octopus is slightly confusing. However, once you understand that it’s Spectre’s insignia, I’m not sure how much further explanation is truly required. Like the Immulanti with their ‘eye in the pyramid’ sign; it doesn’t need explanation; it’s merely there insignia. Plus there is something oily and menacing about the octopus as a beast. It does work; especially in the credit when Monica Bellucci’s name come up in the titles.
The truth is that Kleinman’s back was up against the wall with SP; the title of the film and it’s themes of ‘the dead are alive’ would suggest a more sinister song and title sequence. However, Smith’s contribution wasn’t quite a comfortable fit for the film (even though I do like the song).
Looking back at all the past title designs, none grab me as much as Kleinman's. He has a really strong visual eye, and though I love Binder too, I feel he really fizzled out long before LTK and just produced the same old gun imagery with female silhouettes ad nauseam. His early titles in the Connery era are my favorites, and maybe that is because at that point the imagery didn't feel so overused and stale.
I hope Kleinman still does the opening titles for many years to come. He really utilizes the technology of our time to create striking sequences that are unlike any I've seen in Bond.
I even enjoyed the opening titles for QoS, despite it being sans-Kleinman. All in all, Dan's Bond films have produced some of my favorite opening titles in the series, right up there with Sean's films.
100% the real actors.
I was wondering the opposite. It's pretty clear it's the real actors in the shattering glass part of the titles, but with M we only get an impression of Judi's face in clouds or smoke, so I think that's the one that's likely done with CGI. No stand-ins or lookalikes at all though, that I am certain of.
No one could ever stand in for Eva Green.
There's also this.
Yes, that was something else I was wondering.
Of course they are.
I can recall Silva's evil grin and Vesper's drowning, just not Silva sitting on a spinning chair. And I don't think the studios will bother pay the actors for just seconds of reshoot.
It seems clearly obvious that they will be existing footage.
Thanks Gettler. And I think Judi's part was on her car on her way meeting Mallory.
Well, I surmised that all those pictures were MI6 owned as they were on Q's laptop. What we saw were photos captured by MI6 or collected for their files that Q pulled to give Bond an idea of SPECTRE's structure. That's how I took it anyway.
Also it was kinda strange to see a picture of such a minor character as Patrice on Q's laptop.