It's Casino Royale weekend! Sadly, it also means our (00)7 Days of James Bond will be drawing to a close as well. For your enjoyment and consideration, we've consolidated all of the opening gun barrel sequences to the James Bond films here.

I used to think this was a camera shutter when I was younger. It was only later that I finally realized it was a rifled gun barrel. Imagine my chagrin at all those years of wondering, "Why does James Bond not like photographers?"

Some trivia:
  • The first three films didn't even have a Bond actor in this sequence. They were all filmed using stuntman Bob Simmons.
  • Sean Connery made his debut as Bond the in the gun barrel sequence with Thunderball.
  • Lazenby was the only Bond to drop to one knee while firing.
  • Bond wore a hat and fired one-handed until 1973's Live And Let Die.
  • Since The Spy Who Loved Me, Bond only wears a tuxedo in the opening, although that appears to change in the new film.
  • 1985's A View To A Kill features a text card just before the sequence stating that the Max Zorin character does not reflect any person or company in real life.
  • Die Another Day has Bond's gun firing a bullet that you actually see passing through the assassin's gun barrel. Nice shot, Mr. Bond. This was done to commemorate the 20th Bond film, and to celebrate more than 40 years of Bond.
  • In the teaser trailer for Casino Royale, Daniel Craig is actually in a tiled restroom when he turns and fires, not the normal white background.
  • The sequence was shot through a pinhole camera in an actual rifle barrel until GoldenEye. It has been CG-animated ever since.
Now get out there and check out the new Bond flick -- after first checking for snipers, of course. ...
Dr. No

From Russia With Love

Goldfinger

Thunderball

You Only Live Twice

On Her Majesty's Secret Service

Diamonds Are Forever

Live And Let Die

The Man With The Golden Gun

The Spy Who Loved Me

Moonraker

For Your Eyes Only

Octopussy

A View To A Kill

The Living Daylights

Licence to Kill

GoldenEye

Tomorrow Never Dies

The World Is Not Enough

Die Another Day

Casino Royale


Bonus!

The Simpsons Gunbarrel Opening