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James Bond title sequences as museum of visual effects

by Critical Commons Manager

The Daniel Kleinman era of James Bond title sequences is marked by the use of cutting edge digital effects, making them both dazzling showcases of their time and painfully dated archives of what seemed cool in the history of visual effects in any given year. The CGI liquid effects of The World is Not Enough, for example, allow for viscous, sexualized psychedelic female bodies to writhe in oil, while anchoring Kleinman's visual strategies to the computer graphics capabilities of the late 1990s.

The viscosity and eroticism of CGI in 1999

by Critical Commons Manager

In Daniel Kleinman's visually stunning title design sequence for the James Bond film The World is Not Enough, women's naked bodies drift seamlessly among computer generated spheres and shiny pools of gravity-defying crude oil. The merging of bodies with CG viscosity was similarly eroticized in the Chris Cunningham music video for Bjork's All is Full of Love the same year.

The World Is Not Enough title sequence

Psychedelic computer graphics allow naked women to merge fluidly with crude oil

from The World Is Not Enough (1999)
Creator: Daniel Kleinman
Distributor: Smoke & Mirrors
Posted by Critical Commons Manager
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