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Analyse the opening sequences of three James Bond films and explain why they are constructed in this way.

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Analyse the opening sequences of three James Bond films and explain why they are constructed in this way. Analyse the opening sequences of three James Bond films and explain why they are constructed in this way. James Bond has been running for forty years and has released twenty movies. My essay will analyse the following three James Bond movies: * Dr No (Starring Sean Connery, first Bond movie made) * A view to kill (Roger Moore) * Golden Eye (Pierce Brosnan) For each of these movies I will analyse the opening scenes and explain why they are constructed in the manner that they are. In each of the three movies a different actor plays the Character of James Bond. In the first move (Dr No) James Bond is played by Sean Connery, in the second movie (A view to Kill) James Bond is played by Roger Moore, and in the third movie (Golden Eye) James Bond in played by Pierce Brosnan. Dr No was the first ever James Bond movie made. It was filmed in Kingston Jamaica and was the first feature in a long line of great Bond sequels. In the opening sequence of Dr No, white dots flash across the screen and James Bond (Sean Connery) is seen walking in a tuxedo and suddenly shooting a barrel of a gun directly at the screen. As the James Bond theme tune plays a bloody red colour washes down the screen. The opening sequence described above is shown at the start of every James Bond movie. It is the opening James Bond title shot that the majority of the audience is familiar with. ...read more.

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The well known gunshot scene is played. In this scene the camera angle is set to a long shot showing the length of the gun barrel. Golden Eye begins with a pre-intro sequence. In this sequence an aeroplane flies over a dam. The camera angle in this scene is a long shot and James Bond is seen Bungee Jumping down the dam. The audience knows that a stuntman is doing this as James Bonds face is not shown. The aim of this scene is to create suspense, tension, and excitement. This scene also shows that the James Bond plot line has improved over the years. The next scene in the start sequence has a comical theme to it. When James Bond does a bungee jump in to the dam, he needs to get in to the Russian database, so he goes through an air vent in to the toilet. There he finds a man in a cubical he uses a comic phrase 'sorry I didn't know' and then punches him. The man he punches is a part of the villain's army. This scene helps to introduce the enemy. The third pre-sequence scene shows James Bond meeting up with 006. The agents speak in a Russian code to reveal themselves. This may be the first time we see another agent besides 007 in the long line of films. The film focuses back on to the action scene. The stuntman in this is extremely dangerous and creates suspense. James Bond is trying to get on board a running plane. He gets on board when skydiving down a cliff and pulls just in time before a crash. ...read more.

Conclusion

The three films compared in this essay are very similar to each other. Each movie has a similar mission and meaning to it. 'Dr. No' was, as we know, the first James Bond movie. It is constructed as a spy genre and Bond is on his first mission to find 'Dr. Strangeways' killer. We see the first taster of a bond girl: a blond bombshell named 'Honey Ryder'. The bond girls are used to distract attention from James bond (the main character). 'A view to a kill' is the fourteenth James bond film released, the movie has improved throughout the fourteen years of releasing and the missions have stayed the same (trying to find the villain(s)). The gadgets in this movie are used more and we see the Bond girl at the beginning of the movie. The last film 'Golden Eye' has a slightly different setting to it. It shows the crises occurring in Russia and shows James Bond saving the world. Once again this movie has more action in it and is more creative because of the technology they have used. The women in the movie have become smarter and are also in control this is because of women's rights, women in current 'James Bond' films are not treated as extreme sex objects as they were in the past. The gadgets in the James Bond films have also improved and are used more to create action in the movie. The science and technology in the movie has improved, and the movie has changed to the audiences liking, this is why more people go to watch James Bond movies and also why they are more successful. The producers also use promotions to await the release of the movie such as teasers/trailers and computer desktop themes (wallpapers, icons and much more). Author: Zuhaib Ahmad Page 1 of 7 ...read more.

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