Empire Strikes Back turned into Bond film for spectacular Star Wars video

Whoever made this deserves an Oscar.

Star Wars James Bond mash-up
Give this man an Oscar Darth Vader goes 007. Image Picture Vimeo/Kurt Rauffer

If you’ve ever wondered what a collision between Star Wars and James Bond would look like then we’ve unearthed the answer.

Designer Kurt Rauffer has put together a title sequence for The Empire Strikes Back in the style of a classic 007 movie – all set to Radiohead’s rejected Spectre theme song.

Alas, this is Star Wars, so don’t expect dancing women in naked silhouette, but nevertheless this is spectacular stuff. Rauffer’s video has been spreading like wildfire online, and it’s easy to see why.

Cutting edge digital design sends the viewer camera swooping through a lightsaber, Snowspeeders cutting across the ice plains of chilly planet Hoth and skimming over a giant replica of Darth Vader’s helmet.

Rauffer, who completed the animation as his senior thesis for the School of Visual Arts, said of his Vimeo epic: “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.”

He continued: “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.”

Trust us when we say this is mesmerising and will probably be the best three minutes you’ll spend all day.

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Loaded digital media manager Simon Reynolds has written about film and entertainment for various leading websites since 2008. Follow Simon at @simonreyn

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