That....Was Really Impressive: Empire Strikes Back Title Sequence In The Style Of A Bond Film

May 9, 2016

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This is a most impressive video of The Empire Strikes Back title sequence reimagined in the style of a James Bond film. The video was created by Kurt Rauffer for his senior thesis at the School Of Visual Arts in New York. I'm going to guess he passed with flying colors like a rainbow.

Growing up in the 90s where Star Wars was released on VHS, the franchise really sparked my imagination as a child. It not only let me exercise my imagination but also supplied me with some of the happiest memories as I watched it with my family. After re-watching "The Empire Strikes Back," I decided to use this as a chance to create a homage in the form of a title sequence. This would also serve as my senior "thesis" at SVA and took me the whole semester to complete.


The style and tone of the animation was inspired by the James Bond title sequences. The music was a rejected song from the newest Bond film, Spectre, sung by Radiohead. I really wanted to play on the concept of Luke trying to find himself and true purpose, so the music and inspiration felt fitting.

The video really is worth a watch, particularly if you like Star Wars, James Bond films, Radiohead songs, or just wasting time watching videos at work. I'm a fan of all four, which is why they've actually disabled us from being able to watch videos at work, and I honestly have no clue whether I just got tricked into embedding a p0rno video or not.

Keep going for the video, and please let me know if it's not a Star Wars/James Bond mashup.

  • Jacob Tyler

    The visuals are fantastic. Ridiculously poor choice of music. Radiohead sucks.

  • Gingerbread

    Opinions are all over the Internet sir. I doubt yours is more valuable than everyone else's to the rest of us. You may like or dislike, but contextually, using any Bond theme is an accurate choice. Everything else is a matter of tastes.

  • Bob Mayer

    That was title track from the last Bond movie, wasn't? (correction: it was an unused alternate.)

  • Loved the visuals but that strange off-kilter drum pattern threw everything off for me. Very strange choice.

  • GristleMcNerd

    Yeah, same. Made me twitch.

  • Glad I'm not alone. I'd bet that's at least 80% of the reason the song wasn't used for the movie.

  • Elak Swindell

    Beautifully done. The only problem I see with it is using the trench run segment from “A New Hope”. It’s supposed to be ESB, so where are the AT-ATs, the asteroid field chase, cloud city Bespin, Dagobah, Yoda, Boba Fett and Slave One, etc? This looks more like an opening for ANH with a Snow Speeder sequence tacked on the end.

  • The Magnificent Newtboy

    Yeah there really should have been a slow mo raising of the x wing from the swamp. That said, I couldn't do any better.

  • toasterStreudal

    Could you have done just as well?

  • Étienne Pelletier

    I could do it a lot shittier

  • Valhallaback Girl

    Well that was fucking beautiful. Thank you. The addition of Radiohead's "Spectre" clutched it.

  • Bright, graphic images, lots of things falling in slow motion all set to a cool obscure pop tune. Yep, nailed it! Awesome.

  • don satow

    A real james bond style opening would have the silhouettes of sexy women in the opening. Still nice job overall.

  • Adibobea9

    Then they should do a Return of the Jedi one and make it all about Slave Leia…

  • steve holt

    I'm blown away. That was awesome.
    Thanks to repeated viewings, I won't have to call my weed dealer today...not kidding!

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