Maurice Binder was a film title designer best known for his work on 14 James Bond films including the first, Dr. No in 1962. A native New Yorker, Binder´s early work included designing advertisements and catalogs for Macy´s department store. During the Second World War, he worked at Universal Studios, then became West Coast art director for Columbia Pictures. Director Stanley Donen hired Binder to create main titles for Indiscreet (1958) and used him thereafter in similar capacity on most of his films. One of them, The Grass Is Greener (1960), caught the attention of James Bond producers Harry Saltzman and Albert R. Broccoli, who hired Binder for the first Bond picture, Dr. No (1962). The distinctive style of the Bond main titles became a much-admired tradition.
Maurice created the signature gun barrel sequence for the opening titles of Dr. No. He is also best known for his scenes featuring women performing a variety of activities such as dancing, jumping on a trampoline, or shooting weapons. Both types of scenes are trademarks and staples of the James Bond title sequences. He was succeeded by Daniel Kleinman as the title designer for 1995’s GoldenEye.
Other film titles he designed include The Mouse That Roared, The Grass Is Greener, Charade, Fathom, and Billion Dollar Brain.