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Dec 16, 2008



very similar to oceans12 isn't it? I can't bother to rewatch o12 to prove my point now but i did have a feeling that o12 kicked off a trend to better typography in films when i saw 007.

Jon Heslop

I liked them too. I just thought it was interesting... Why would they need to be the same, it's not like you'd get confused what film you were watching...


Thanks for reminding me of this - the QOS location typography was as utterly banal, over-designed, and bereft of even the merest hint of original thought as the film itself.

one way photo / Mark

I haven't seem the film... he certainly gets around doesn't he.

I agree, great typography, especially La Paz and London. Hard to carry off without it becoming too stereotypical.


I liked them. They were distinctive enough to draw my attention to them but not so obvious as to distract me from the movie. Admittedly, I may just like the typefaces themselves. (But seriously, the real star of the show? That Microsoft Surface table. Crazy, possibly unusable interface design? Yes. Cool as hell? ABSOLUTELY!)


Liked them too, they were by far the best thing in the movie. Even if that's not saying much.


@one way photo - judging by the screen grabs, I thought the font choices were all stereotypes. Call it 'stereotypography', if you want to give it a name.

For example, Italy gets more elegant typefaces, as befits those stylish Italians; Haiti gets -- surprise, surprise -- a graffiti-inspired brush font, which, in effect, tells the viewer (in case they don't already know) that 'this place is edgy, maybe even a bit dangerous; and Russia has what is probably the most predictable font of all.

None of this is any criticism of the Bond franchise. Bond is, in some ways, in a genre full of stereotypes. The viewer gets exactly what they expect. That's why it's so successful. Still uses stereotyped fonts, though.

Ben Bodien

I loved them in the cinema, and still do seeing the stills.

They're representative of the locales themselves without being excessively stereotypical. I particularly like the London type, set against a road with distinctive UK yellow road lines. And the Russian one too. It would have been nice to see them all set against a "local" texture style backdrop.

People always get annoyed by change, and good design always has critics.

George Morgan

Always a bit wary of pastiche, but this felt like pretty well executed pastiche. I suppose it makes a change from the faux-teletype scene labels used in every bond film since the 90s...


I liked them. Anyway, I thought the *whole point* of Bond was that it was slightly tongue in cheek?

dan heaver

best execution of this kind of thing?
Teachers. Channel 4.


I'm going to go with my gut instinct too and say that I like them. People are so quick to criticise things that are different. I liked them because they added a creative depth to the film, and puts the film in a different league to other action films.

Duncan Swain

Liked them - but they are becoming a bit hackneyed as a device, they've been seen a lot on TV lately in US imports like Heroes and Fringe.

I also find them a bit distracting when they're not just overlayed captions, ie the London one where a car drives over it and it disappears under the car (if my memory serves me). This tends to take me out of the film as such, is a bit jarring at times.


They get my vote too. "Not perfect, but fun" sums up both the typography and the film...

...and life in general.

Max Gadney

I'm glad you brought these up Ben.

I don't think they are necessary.

I thought that they didn't suit the more sombre tone of the film.

If Baz Luhrmann did this film, they would have better complemented his (likely) visually diverse style. They are rather odd stylistic bumps in a (given-rather-joyless) 2008 Bond experience.

Verdict - OK in themselves but ill fitting in the context that is surely the main reason for their being.


As someone who hasn't seen any Bond film except Moonraker, I think the La Paz one is far and away the best. Sets the mood without drawing attention to itself.

Steve Price

I still haven't seen the film, but before I read that Tomato did them I liked them. Now I like them a little less because my gut instinct is to dislike Tomato work (just a little) to keep my jealousy in-check.


They seem to be okay in the film, and I feel the reasoning here is because you don't have to view them all together; which, by the way, makes me want to vomit. I agree with Ben that they did not bother me in the movie except for the treatment they used on "Port Au Prince", I remember that sticking out in my mind when I was watching it.


Thanks for this list. I must say consistent would have been better. I mean, I get why multiples were used, but a nice uniform look would have created a more unique universe in QoS.


I liked them, generally. The location type itself was a tad on the hackneyed side, and a little inconsistent, but the opening credits were out-and-out fantastic.

More thought-out than most movie type, I'd say.


I really like them as well. I remember watching the movie and thinking to myself ... "Ooh, those look neat, not ridiculously cheesy, but fun and they fit nicely."

A few seconds later ... "Am I crazy? Is it wrong to like those titles?"

But in the end I realized that I do in fact like them.


The Austrian typo looks like the original futura. And +1 for Dan Heaver's Teachers vote. Who designed those credits?


I loved them. It was one of the things that made my enjoyment of the film really; I just loved how they made each typeface 'fit' the place. Like the military-soviet style stencil one for Russia. And the swishy one for Siena. Lol, swishy. That's a technical term.

I was going to blog about this myself when I saw the film. Completely forgot. You've done a better job than me anyway.

Ben Hanbury

Yep, they're good - I think the reason they get a bit annoying is there's so many scene changes in the film?!


I liked them too, I liked that somebody had thought it important to pay attention to the type. I agree with Austin though, that whooshy-table-thingy with the mind-blowing interface looked awesome!


Not see the film yet, need to keep an eye out on sky, the type looks more fun than most bond films.

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