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 Posted:   May 17, 2014 - 7:17 AM   
 By:   barryfan1   (Member)

Barry's The Black Hole. Even today, the simple green wire frame graphics with red titles and Barry's swirling main title theme against that star field still does it for me. In second place would be one of the early Bonds, probably Goldfinger or You Only Live Twice.

 Posted:   May 17, 2014 - 7:18 AM   
 By:   barryfan1   (Member)

Double post - damn technology!

 Posted:   May 17, 2014 - 7:29 AM   
 By:   Thomas   (Member)

barryfan (OP)

You're repeating yourself...

 Posted:   May 17, 2014 - 8:26 AM   
 By:   General Kael   (Member)

barryfan (OP)

You're repeating yourself...

And yet, the more the merrier!

 Posted:   May 17, 2014 - 10:29 AM   
 By:   paul rossen   (Member)


 Posted:   May 17, 2014 - 9:23 AM   
 By:   Eugene Iemola   (Member)

"To Kill A Mockingbird" has to be the greatest main title sequence ever.

The work of Steve Frankfurt and Elmer Bernstein.

I have to agree.

 Posted:   May 17, 2014 - 11:19 AM   
 By:   Tango Urilla   (Member)

James Bond faves: Dr. No, You Only Live Twice, GoldenEye, Casino Royale, Skyfall, and a great many more.

I've also always loved the opening sequence of Alien 3, with snippets of the chaos unfolding aboard the Sulaco intercut with the credits displayed over calm views of space, and all set to Elliot Goldenthal's chilling Agnus Dei. The slowly-revealed titles of the original Alien are unforgettable as well.

And good call on Catch Me If You Can. That one sprang to mind too.

 Posted:   May 17, 2014 - 12:04 PM   
 By:   John Black   (Member)

Since some here are listing more than one answer, my second-favorite opening would be the expressionistic church in OBSESSION, underscored with Herrmann's music and ethereal chorus.

 Posted:   May 17, 2014 - 12:15 PM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

Secret of NIMH: From the burning of the films title into the frame onto a starry night sky with twinkling stars. Which then cross-fades into a morning shot with twinkling due drops on the leaves of a tree. It's so magical.

Thunderbirds: Cool 2D style animation over the opening credits.

 Posted:   May 17, 2014 - 12:19 PM   
 By:   zooba   (Member)


Black background, intense Red Titles appearing on the beats of Goldsmith's powerful music.

Plain and simple and brilliant and awesome.

 Posted:   May 17, 2014 - 2:27 PM   
 By:   Trent B.   (Member)

I know I said Star Trek II for my favorite...but actually it's a tie between that and Back To The Future Part 2.

 Posted:   May 17, 2014 - 2:34 PM   
 By:   CinemaScope   (Member)

The animated main title sequence in Tony Richardson's The Charge Of The Light Brigade 1968. Animation by the Richard Williams Studios, music by John Addison.

 Posted:   May 17, 2014 - 2:39 PM   
 By:   Mark R. Y.   (Member)

The elegance of Tarkovsky's SOLARIS with the nobility of the Bach chorale prelude playing underneath. I also like how the title is seen both at the beginning and the end of the sequence.

 Posted:   May 17, 2014 - 2:47 PM   
 By:   Mark R. Y.   (Member)

THE STUNT MAN - The Rube Goldberg cause-and-effect plot gets underway immediately with Dominic Frontiere's whimsical main title cue underscoring a sequence involving a fugitive from the law, a couple of surly dogs, a helicopter, a discarded apple and so on.

 Posted:   May 17, 2014 - 2:53 PM   
 By:   Mark R. Y.   (Member)

And no mention yet of the awesome opening for 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY? smile

 Posted:   May 17, 2014 - 3:01 PM   
 By:   (Member)   (Member)

Seconds (1966)
Dirty Harry (1971)

 Posted:   May 17, 2014 - 3:58 PM   
 By:   Stephen Woolston   (Member)

It has to be one of the great composers coupled with one of the great titles designers.

I'm not going to state one favourite but rather offer some candidates.

DOCTOR NO ... the gunbarrel logo leading to that the stylish design themed on dots by Maurice Binder to the very classic James Bond theme

FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE ... no, I'm not going to list EVERY 007 title sequence, but I think FRWL with its projecting of titles onto a belly dancer to the dynamic and exciting Barry/Bart instrumental is a true classic of title designs

PSYCHO, VERTIGO, NORTH BY NORTHWEST ... does it get better than Herrmann-Bass?


 Posted:   May 17, 2014 - 9:41 PM   
 By:   darthbrett   (Member)

So hard for me to choose. I am basing my choice not only on the music heard, but also the visuals and design of the title sequence overall.

Total Recall by Goldsmith or Batman by Elfman. Star Wars is definitely right behind these.

 Posted:   May 17, 2014 - 11:22 PM   
 By:   Ludwig van   (Member)

There are so many! Too many when I think about it. But I'll nominate one of my all-time faves since no one else has yet: THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE UGLY. If that doesn't rouse your spirits, nothing will.

Hear, hear for STAR WARS and the big three from the Herrmann-Hitchcock collaborations.

 Posted:   May 18, 2014 - 12:29 AM   
 By:   ghost of 82   (Member)


Horner's finest music, with gorgeous Trumbull effects and a title card that is the nearest to 3D that 2D could ever be. Its a wonderful main title sequence, can't believe no-one has mentioned it already.

The films end title sequence ain't no slouch either.

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