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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. 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. Syewart IS really a secret agent.

Comic Books
  • In an Elseworlds L.E.G.I.O.N. annual parodying James Bond, Lobo, rather than shooting the barrel, spits it.

  • 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.


Live-Action TV
  • The Monty Python's Flying Circus sketch "The Pantomime Horse Is A Secret Agent Film" had a pantomime horse at the end of the gun barrel.
  • Parodied on Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two, with Anton du Beke dancing inside the gun barrel. Used the Bond theme and made two "Licenced to" jokes.
  • The MythBusters did an episode of James Bond myths. This trope makes an appearance with "Hyneman. James Hyneman." in the role of Bond.
  • In the Pierce Brosnan episode of Muppets Tonight, this shows up when Clifford tries to introduce Pierce. When Pierce (Who's lost in the station) doesn't show, it centers on Clifford.
    Clifford: Hey, man! Get that thing offa me!
  • Appears in the commericially released Highlander blooper reels. The scene starts off as it does in the actual episode, but when the character walking with Duncan says "I didn't catch your name" Paul answers "Bond...James Bond." He does the Bond shot and both start singing the Bond theme tune. This is probably a shout out to the fan campaigns for Adrian Pault to play Bond.
  • Mad TV had an opening skit parodying the James Bond gun barrel opening where instead of Bond shooting the sniper, he misses and jumps/rolls all over the place to avoid being hit by the sniper.
  • The Sesame Street sketch "The Spy Who Loved Cookies" has Cookie Monster point a cookie at the gun barrel. Instead of using the cookie to fight, he gobbles it up, and the screen drips with milk as the transition.

  • 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.

Video Games
  • 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.
    • 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.

Web Original

Western Animation
  • American Dad! parodied this by having the gun barrel actually shoot Stan.
    Stan: OW! What the hell? Wait... you're a gun? I always thought you were an eyeball or something! Douche.
  • The Simpsons: Homer does this in the Couch Gag for the season six episode "And Maggie Makes Three" (the episode with Homer changing his "Don't Forget; You're Here Forever" sign to "Do It For Her" by covering it with the missing pictures of Maggie), later recycled for "The Springfield Connection" (the episode in which Marge joins the police force), only the James Bond music was at a lower key.
  • Used in a Dexter's Laboratory episode with a pie, the whole of which was a parody of Bond films.
  • Parodied in the U.S. Acres episodes with "Double-O Orson". Instead of shooting he throws a pie and instead of blood whipped cream is washing down.
  • Used in an episode of SpongeBob SquarePants where the gun barrel was actually Patrick looking through a straw.
  • Also used in an episode of Johnny Test, only with Johnny and Dukey shooting a green goo at the camera.
  • Robot Chicken pulls this in, of all things, a Christmas special. But it goes one step further by spoofing the entire opening sequence of Casino Royale with Santa killing a child who's made the naughty list.note 
    • Also with Ross Hashanah, who shoots through a Star of David. "Don't get blood on the new carpet."
  • Eek! The Cat did this once. The gun barrel occurred as normal, except EEK emerged, dressed in a tuxedo. Instead of firing a gun, he raised a wrapped straw to his mouth and blew the paper wrapping off, causing the signature "bleed" effect. The wrapping hit Sharkey the Sharkdog in the eye. The James Bond theme was replaced with a version of EEK's theme but done in the Bond-theme style.
  • Appears in Logorama when Ronald kills a Michelin cop.
  • An episode of the Ace Ventura series had this - with Ace farting (a reference to his habit of talking out of his ass).
  • In the Total Drama Action episode "Dial M For Murder", Chris does this. But instead of shooting a gun, he throws a tomato at the camera.
  • Parodied in the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic episode "MMMystery on the Friendship Express". In Pinkie Pie's Imagine Spot, "Con Mane" (Donut Joe) squirts donut jelly onto the barrel.

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