Bond Gun Barrel
Wait... is that gun bleeding?
Before The Teaser
of almost every James Bond
movie, this sequence happens. We look down the barrel of the gun as Bond comes into frame, turns to the camera, and fires his Walther pistol, and a wash of red drips over the screen. The James Bond theme music or a variant
may play over this sequence. Its relationship with James Bond has left it the source of numerous imitations, all of the parody nature as the original is basically trademarked by EON Productions. Try not to think about why the blood appears to be dripping down inside the gun barrel.
See also Sean Connery Is About to Shoot You
Anime & Manga
- Fist of the North Star did this when Kenshiro was attacked by raiders with crossbows; he kicks the arrows back at them and we see the view from one of the raiders' scopes as blood comes flowing down.
- Sonic X pulls this one - in Francis's imagination about their supply teacher - she laughs at the mental image, not knowing that Mr. Stewart IS really a secret agent.
- Owarimonogatari contains one at the start of Episode 3, with Araragi shooting into the barrel.
- In an Elseworlds L.E.G.I.O.N. annual parodying James Bond, Lobo, rather than shooting the barrel, spits it.
- Deadpool: Dracula's Gauntlet had Deadpool attempt this, as part of a parody of James Bond opening credit sequences. Unfortunately, he gets shot instead.
- An "eat five fruits and vegetables a day" commercial had Bond pulled a banana at the gun barrel and instead of blood, juice flowed down.
- James Bond: For obvious reasons, the Trope Namer and Trope Maker.
- The Gunbarrel was introduced in Dr. No, with the silhouette of stuntman Bob Simmons. It wasn't until Thunderball that the Bond actor of the film performed the silhouette, namely Sean Connery.
- George Lazenby's silhouette kneels down to shoot and vanishes when the blood drips in On Her Majesty's Secret Service.
- Roger Moore was the first to not wear a hat (in the opening Live and Let Die), and the first to perfom it while wearing a tuxedo, in the opening of The Spy Who Loved Me. He's also the only Bond to hold his gun with two hands.
- The easy way to tell that Pierce Brosnan only filmed one gun barrel sequence is to look at his hair in the gun barrel, compared to his normal appearance in Tomorrow Never Dies, The World Is Not Enough and Die Another Day.
- In Die Another Day, when Brosnan fires the gun, the bullet flies at the camera, meaning that Bond has shot up the gun barrel of his opponent.
- Casino Royale (2006) does the unique twist of incorporating the gunbarrel into the action of its opening. Daniel Craig does not wear a tuxedo in this one.
- Quantum of Solace and Skyfall do the regular gun barrel at the end of the movie. In the former, it even becomes one of the "O"s in the film title (replicating the poster logo). In the latter, director Sam Mendes wanted to put it back to the front, but it didn't match up with his opening shot of Bond approaching the game.
- The gun barrel finally makes its return at the start of the movie with Spectre. In this one, Bond's right hand is fully visible holding the gun before he turns and pulls the trigger; he usually has his hand and gun in his pocket.
- Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives had this with a closeup on Jason's eye, which is followed by him swinging a machete at the onlooker. The resulting flow of blood forms the title of the film.
- In Flushed Away, the gun barrel is actually a DVD that Roddy shoots with a suction cup dart to drop into the player.
- Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! starts with Fin, in a tux, wielding a chainsaw. The camera is inside a shark, with the pitch-black gums and teeth serving as the gun barrel.
- Sheryl Crow uses it at the beginning of her video for the song "Tomorrow Never Dies", the theme song for the Bond movie of the same name.
- Madonna's video for "Die Another Day" ends with her going through a door - and cuts to her silhouette in the gunbarrel, which promptly gets the red wash.
- Super Junior's music video for "Spy" uses it with Siwon at the other end. The song and music video are both sort of inspired by the Bond films, some of which are actually mentioned in the lyrics.
- One appears in Gottlieb's James Bond 007, on the playfield right above the flippers.
- GoldenEye has them on the backbox speakers and the sides of the cabinet.
- The James Bond video games themselves have used the red wash at the end of this sequence to symbolize when the player dies. The Quantum of Solace game also includes the barrel itself slowly appearing over the borders of the screen as the player nears death. And, since at least GoldenEye (1997), the gun barrel sequence has been featured in the games (in this case, it's the attract sequence before the title screen; in others, like Everything or Nothing, it is seen right as you start a new game).
- There was also an ad for The World Is Not Enough on the Nintendo 64 asking if players ever wondered what it was like to be Bond, followed by a fat guy jumping around as shots were fired through the barrel.
- Three "gun-barrel-cam" shots were added to the Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes: The first is just before you fight Ocelot (the barrel of his revolver, obviously), and the other two bookending the tank fight (with the tank's barrel being used - the first time the expected way, the second time following a grenade thrown down it). They're over relatively quickly, but given the other shout-outs to Bond in the series, the homage is obvious.
- The ZX Spectrum game Zub opens with the title character, wearing a black version of his spacesuit and with a bowtie, re-enacting the gunbarrel scene.