Iconic Images: James Bond

James Bond’s introduction is one of the most iconic images in film. It has changed slightly over the years but the essence of the sequence (and the shot) remains the same.

This image needs no introduction. The pre-title shot that introduces us to the world of James Bond is one of the most iconic images in cinema. The eponymous secret agent walks across screen, fires his weapon directly at the audience and then watches as blood drips across the screen before we are plummeted into his next adventure.

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    le0pard13 Reply

    It’s a great and enduring image, alright.

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    Fogs' Movie Reviews Reply

    Definitely iconic. I love how they subtly play with it each film, too!

    I think there’s a ton of iconic shots scattered throughout the series, too. Goldfinger’s laser comes immediately to mind! 😉

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    Martin C Reply

    I always get shivers of excitement when this sequence appears on a Bond film! Great choice.

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