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December 18, 2013

The Connery Years: Credits by Binder x2

by HELEN GEIB

Dr. No (1962)

Maurice Binder’s iconic images (Photo Play stills gallery). The inimitable “James Bond Theme”. These are the credits that launched the world’s most famous franchise.

Thunderball (1965)

Binder rejoined the 007 crew with Thunderball after a two film break; he would design the credit sequence graphics for each subsequent film until his death (between License to Kill and Goldeneye). The black figural silhouettes and neon-bright color blocks hearken back to his work on Dr. No. The sensuous women swimmers strike that difficult to attain balance of sexy but not lascivious, while the frogmen are a teaser for the movie’s many scenes of aquatic action. On the con side, it must be said that the title song is pretty dopey. (“He strikes like thunderball!” What does that even mean?)

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