well, i finaly got round to seeing casino royale and i really wanted to post about it. i’m not going to bore you with how much i love the movie (a lot) or how hot i think daniel craig is (ditto), what i want to offer my public adoration for is the astonishing opening credits. seriously i would have paid just to see them.
if you haven’t seen the film, the credits are – like the movie itself – a bit of a departure. they still have a very ‘bond’ feel but are an intricate, colourful rotascoped affair that had me gripping the edge of my seat with awe and jelousy.
daniel klienman, the director of the title sequence says he took his inspiration from
…the cover of a “Casino Royale” first edition, published in 1953, featured Ian Fleming’s design of a playing card bordered by eight red hearts dripping blood.
“The hearts not only represent cards but the tribulations of Bond’s love story,” So I took that as inspiration to use playing card graphics in different ways in the titles,” like a club representing a puff of gun smoke, and slashed arteries spurting thousands of tiny hearts.
you can see the sequence on youtube but the quality is quite low and really doesn’t do justice to the finer details in it.
of related interest, i’ve also recently been listening to spycast… yes, a podcast for spies!! it’s very interesting if just a litlle bit less exciting than bond.
oh, and i can’t resist posting the old casino royale poster art because it’s super-kitch-fab