Anyone who has seen a James Bond film will likely remember the iconic opening sequence in which Bond, viewed through a gun barrel, strides from right to left of the screen and halfway through whips out his gun and shoots in the direction of the viewer, accompanied all the while by the familiar theme music with its memorable guitar riff.
A fan has now compiled all these opening bits, from Dr. No in 1962 to Skyfall in 2012.
You can see that Bond stopped wearing a hat beginning with Roger Moore when he took over the role in 1973 in Live and Let Die. When Daniel Craig started in Casino Royale in 2006, the filmmakers tried something different for the opening but then returned to the old formula in subsequent films. Also, in Quantum of Solace the gun barrel sequence appeared at the end of the film, which seems completely wrong. Is nothing sacred?
In writing this post, I learned some new things from this history of the opening sequence. One was that it was not Sean Connery who appeared in that opening sequence for the first three Bond films. It was in fact a stuntman named Bob Simmons. But after that, the actor playing Bond did the sequences.
The sequence was also actually shot through a gun barrel using a pinhole lens. I used to think that it was a mock up of the spiral aperture of a camera lens.