YouTube Art: James Bond Gun Barrel Sequences
I love the ritual aspect of Bond movies. And this is the most time-honored ritual of them.
I'm quite certain there's an excellent article in studying these clips (there's some fine background work on the gun barrel sequences' Wikipedia page). Their 45-year evolution could be used to explore all sorts of things, from the advances in special effects, opening title design, and aspect ratios, to trends in men's fashion (Bond wears a hat in the first several versions) and music (though the Bond theme remains, its instrumentation changes in nearly every picture).
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