Every day in May we’re counting down our favorite kpop music videos from 2010 to 2012.
Opening up at the #20 spot, isss…
…Hoot by SNSD.
What we love about this video is its mismatch of retro aesthetics. The beginning and end of the video feature black-and-white sequences of Siwon pursuing a mysterious woman. It’s straight out of the film noir genre from the 1940s and 50s.
But throughout the rest of the video, we see the girls in costumes that are more reminiscent of the 1960s and 70s. This might seem out of place but not when you consider Bond Girls.
And what’s a Bond Girl?
Well, every James Bond movie has a female lead character. She usually ends up in bed with Mr. Bond before the end of the movie. Often, she’s a spy herself, or she’s connected to whatever caper he’s trying to unravel. Sometimes, she stands in Bond’s way. Other times, she’s there to help. Many of the Bond Girls die, and they don’t repeat from movie to movie.
There’s a few of them that are especially famous and this video seems to take inspiration from some of them. Here’s some examples.
Pussy Galore from Goldfinger, played by Honor Blackman.
These outfits are definitely something Miss Galore would have sported:
Tatiana Romanova from From Russia with Love, played by Daniela Bianchi:
Compare the style of her hair to Taeyeon’s:
Shirley Eason from Goldfinger, played by Jill Masterson
Yeah, she’s painted gold and wearing a G-string but I can’t help but think of these jumpsuits:
Teresa DiVicenzo played by Diana Rigg.
Notice the hat?
And they don’t just take style cues from the real Bond Girls. They also seem to give a nod to some of the characters from the Austin Powers movies inspired by the 007 films like Felicity Shagwell played by Heather Graham:
This one’s really obvious, isn’t it?
With all of its clever style references, Hoot stands out as one of the best kpop videos of its time. You can stream the entire video, released October 27, 2010, below. And make sure to come back tomorrow to meet #19 on our list.
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