The Year In Film: 2012's Best Movie Moments

“Pre-title Sequence,” Skyfall

The Bond movies are famous for their pre-title sequences, the action mini-movies (often barely connected to the plotline that follows) that smash us over the head, right off the bat, with the stunts and derring-do that are the series’ trademark. But director Sam Mendes outdoes himself with the thrilling opener to this year’s Skyfall, an extended, white-knuckle pursuit via foot, car, and train. It’s fast and breathless, but with little dashes of wonderful wit (we still can’t get over that great little beat with the cufflinks).