Many people have memories of watching Star Wars as kids and Vimeo user Kurt Rauffer is no different than the rest of us. As an interactive designer, Rauffer asked himself how he could combine Star Wars with another favorite of his, James Bond, for a senior project at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. To do that, he simply went to the source material and got a brilliant idea that turned out to be stunning and beautiful and has all of us fans watching his work over and over again.

Rauffer created a new credit sequence for Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back in the style of a James Bond film. The final project, which he posted to Vimeo on Friday, is magical (and we can only hope he got a good grade on it). Using Radiohead’s haunting song “Spectre”, which was recorded for the James Bond film of the same name but never used, fits perfectly and you can’t help but wonder when Daniel Craig is going to walk out in Jedi robes as the into plays.

If you’ve seen The Empire Strikes Back countless times (like many Star Wars fans) then you’ll see cues from the actual film and have your breath taken away from the beauty in which Rauffer executes this new introduction. With TIE fighters racing through trenches, lightsabers being used as creative transitions and a starry background that fits perfectly with the Star Wars world, we have to give Rauffer a round of applause for this beautiful piece of homage to the famous series. “I really wanted to play on the concept of Luke trying to find himself and true purpose,” Rauffer states in the description of the video.

What do you think of the video? Check it out below.

Star Wars – Episode V “The Empire Strikes Back” Homage (Title Sequence) from KROFL on Vimeo.

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