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The special effects supervisor Chris Corbould, stunt coordinator Lee Morrison and stunt driver Mark Higgins gave some insight into creating the spectacular stunt sequences in James Bond’s latest film, No Time To Die.
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Chris Corbould, the special effects and action vehicles supervisor, said: “The action vehicles team consisted of approximately 20 technicians working in conjunction with numerous engineers from Aston Martin and Jaguar Land Rover.
“Initial talks with Aston Martin and Jaguar Land Rover commenced in October 2018, and many detailed conversations were held to discuss the film’s requirements. Aston Martin built eight bespoke DB5’s along with an extensive spares package capable of completing the rapidly evolving action sequence in Matera. They also supplied three Aston Martin V8 cars as used in The Living Daylights film and two of the latest DBS Superleggera”, said Corbould.
“At the same time discussions were being held with Jaguar Land Rover to produce the first batch of eight New Land Rover Defenders, a mission shrouded in secrecy as the world had no idea at this stage of the design.”
“A number of the DB5’s and the Defenders were fitted out with complete roll cages, safety fuel cells, fire extinguisher systems, hydraulic hand brakes, battery isolators, rally seats and five-point harnesses. Q Branch gadgets on the DB5 included revolving M134 mini-guns appearing from the drop-down headlights, traditional smoke screen, mines dropping from under the rear bumper and an LED number plate creating a modern take on the Goldfinger (1964) revolving version.”
“Other vehicles that played special roles in the film include Bond’s Land Rover Series 111, a Royal Alloy GT125 scooter used in Jamaica, and a Triumph Scrambler motorbike used in Matera.”
“I think the audience will be thrilled to see the DB5 in full battle mode driving at speed through the streets of the historic Matera in Italy. As the city is built on the side of a hillside, the balconies, roofs and gardens created a natural amphitheatre, and the public clapped and applauded whenever the iconic Bond car was in action.”
No Time To Die is Chris Corbould’s 15th James Bond film and his 9th as the special effects supervisor.
Lee Morrison, the stunt coordinator, said: “I’m the No Time To Die stunt coordinator, responsible for a team of 100 professional stunt people. It’s my fifth Bond film, and the stunts get bigger and more ambitious every time.”
“All the vehicles we used in the film performed brilliantly. We knew we wanted to achieve something off-road and the New Defender didn’t disappoint. We put the vehicles through the most extreme conditions in a chase sequence, and they were unstoppable, said Morrison.”
“The three Triumph scramblers and the Tiger 900 we used were specially modified to handle the rigours of the action sequences in Norway and Italy, part of which can be seen in the first trailer. I’m really proud of the stunts we created, and I’m excited to see the audience reaction when the film is released.”
Mark Higgins, the stunt driver, said: “I drove the DB5’s in No Time To Die. Eight stunt replica cars were designed and built for the film, they all had a role to play in different configurations and were fantastic and rewarding to drive, it’s a very special car.”
“We filmed in Italy for seven weeks in the summer. Matera is an incredible city, but a challenging environment for a car chase with its narrow cobbled streets, low grip and lots of people around.”
“No Time To Die is my fourth Bond film. It was a great job to work on, and I can’t wait to see the finished sequence in April.”
The No Time To Die trailer can be viewed at https://youtu.be/BIhNsAtPbPI and behind-the-scenes with the New Defender can be seen at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=41z21DBTvdg.
The Bond In Motion at the London Film Museum, in association with EON Productions, has over 100 individual original items on display from the James Bond film series including concept drawings, storyboards, scripts, model miniatures, costumes and full-size cars, boats, and motorbikes.
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