The Opening Credits of ‘The Night Manager’ Evokes James Bond (VIDEO)
If you’ve been pining for more Tom Hiddleston in his golden-haired glory, you’re in luck—The Night Manager will be bringing the Thor actor to TV.
Based on the bestselling spy novel by John le Carré, The Night Manager centers on Jonathan Pine (Hiddleston), a hotel manager (and former soldier) who finds himself caught up in international espionage. When he’s recruited by British agent Angela Burr (Olivia Coleman Broadchurch), his directive is to get close to—and spy on—dangerous arms dealer Richard Roper (Hugh Laurie, House). Of course, entering Roper’s inner circle won’t be without complications: avoiding a growing attraction to Roper’s gorgeous girlfriend, Jed (Elizabeth Debicki, The Great Gatsby), and averting the suspicions of Roper’s right-hand man, Corcoran (Tom Hollander, Pirates of the Caribbean).
To set the mood for the sultry spy series, AMC offered a first look at the opening credits below. Executive producer Simon Cornwell, who’s also the son of le Carré, worked with creative director Patrick Clair (Marvel’s Daredevil, The Man in the High Castle) on creating the main title sequence. To create it, Cornwell and Clair’s team worked on combining “two themes—the conspicuous beauty of luxury and the destructive threat of weaponry—into a single, beautiful sequence that would draw the audience into the world that we were creating,” says Cornwell.
And the combination of seductive and destructive (diamonds and champagne bubbles become interchangeable with bombs and bullets), paired with a haunting score by Victor Reyes, definitely brings to mind some of the iconic James Bond title sequences. Plus, with Hiddleston in a sleek suit, he’s practically next in line as Daniel Craig’s film replacement.
Check out this exclusive clip of the main title sequence.
The Night Manager, Tuesday, April 19, 10/9c, AMC