The Best James Bond Title Sequences Ranked

The most important job of the opening credits is to get viewers hyped for the film to come. 

Besides that, everything it does—let you enjoy the song, give you hints about what to expect, and provide you with time to notice contributors you might otherwise miss—is gravy. But you must accomplish that first task. 

As not all Bond credits sequences are created equal, we wanted to take a bit to point you towards the ones that we think will knock your socks off. 

License to Kill

While this one will come in for a bit of criticism below, it gets points for one of the more unique visual motifs. While it mixes in other elements, License to Kill is mostly arranged around photography and components therein. 

The Spy Who Loved Me

Think of this as a sort of opposite number to You Only Live Twice. While that one offered a visual consistency blandly realized, this one is delightfully all over the map. 

Diamonds Are Forever

The real highlight, though, is the cat. The sequence implies the cat is either the film’s Bond girl or villain or, perhaps, both. It’s an undeniably fun bit of business.