What if Star Wars: ‘The Empire Strikes Back’ had a Bond-style opening credits

James Bond and Star Wars, two of the longest-running movie franchises in the world, both with their own very distinctive opening sequence. But have you ever wondered what it would be life if you combined them?

That’s just what Kurt Rauffer did recently bringing the famous James Bond style and fitting it to Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back – surprisingly, it actually works.

Featuring Luke Skywalker and the infamous trench run on the Death Star as well as stunning visuals of Vader’s helmet and a tumbling lightsaber, it also has the accompanying Radiohead track ‘Spectre’ – the rejected title song from the most recent Bond film of the same name.


Star Wars is one of Hollywood’s biggest franchises to date, containing one of the most unique universes in sci-fi fiction. Not only is the universe incredibly iconic, so is it’s title sequence (the famous title crawl). Designed by Dan Perri, the title sequence is one of the most recognizable introductions in the history of film.

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.

Making of coming soon…

Designed, directed, and produced by Kurt Rauffer
Instructor: Daniel Oeffinger
Music: Spectre by Radiohead

Special thanks to the Facepunch community for helping me with the Snowspeeder model and Ash Thorp’s “Main Title” class on Learnsquared.
As a declaimer, I would like to say this is a completely fan made personal project and in no way am I profiting off of it.