Dr No Title Sequence
Title sequence created by Maurice Binder
'The James Bond Theme' performed by John Barry Orchestra, written by Monty Norman
Featured in Dr No (1962)
Initially the original idea for the title sequence in Dr. No was as a simple introduction to the character of James Bond. However this developed into a full title sequence, with the idea for the gunbarrel added at the last minute when some white stickers inspired Maurice Binder. The same shot of the inside of a gunbarrel would continue to be used, although with the different Bond actors changing, right up until Goldeneye.
Compared to later films, the title sequence to Dr. No featured very minimalist visuals, with dots and squares dancing around the screen, eventually forming the films title. This then morphs into some colourful calypso dancing, before finally showing the images of three blind men, which then leads nicely into the start of the film.
It would not be until From Russia With Love that the title sequence would be moved from the start to around 10-15 minutes or so into the film. This created a pre-title sequence, usually featuring an element of action that would provide audiences with a teaser for the rest of the film.
Dr. No introduces audiences to the now iconic James Bond Theme ». Parts of this song would continue to be used in every single Bond film from now on, helping to establish the feel and style of the Bond series, and forever being etched into pop culture as the original, one-and-only, James Bond theme.
Unlike future films, the instrumental title sequence does not feature a singer, or indeed just one theme. When the colourful dancers appear on the screen the James Bond Theme changes into a Jamaican style calypso beat, before eventually ending up with the theme for the 'Three Blind Mice' that leads into the film. §