The James Bond franchise is no stranger to spectacular stunts, action scenes, and of course, explosions.
The latest installment, No Time To Die, broke the record for the most high explosives detonated in a single film take.
To create these massive explosions, a total of 136.4kg TNT equivalent was detonated on 8th March 2019. The explosions were used in the film during the climactic ending.
Unlike other records, this one wasn’t planned when shooting took place in Salisbury. Stunt action coordinator Chris Corbould heard only then that the team could have a new record on their hands.
"While we were rigging the explosions, one of the guys from Event Horizon, the explosive company, came up to me and said, ‘Oh, Chris, you know that there is a different [Guinness World Records™ title] out there?’ Now I thought we had got that with Spectre, but apparently, there was another one for ‘the most high explosives in one shot.’ The record was for 65 kilograms of high explosives in one shot. We had 140 [kilograms] in our one." - Chris Corbould, Stunt action coordinator
For this to appear convincing onscreen, three separate explosions had to be conducted in unison with drones used to capture each of them at different angles.
To contain each explosion, five-foot holes were dug up holding 10 kilos of TNT equivalent.
With the help of CGI, the controlled detonation from Salisbury was superimposed into the film as the epic missile explosions that destroy the villain's lab.
No Time To Die is the last film to star lead actor Daniel Craig as he departs from the series.
This installment of the James Bond series also celebrated the 25th film in the franchise and the release was later delayed due to the ongoing pandemic.
The James Bond production team hold multiple action-packed records, here are a few more:
- Most cannon rolls in a car: 7 rolls achieved by stuntman, Adam Kirley (UK) in an Aston Martin DBS, during filming for the 21st James Bond film, Casino Royale.
- Largest film stunt explosion: a total yield of 68.47 tonnes of TNT equivalent, and was achieved during filming for SPECTRE