We all know the recipe for a good James Bond: lots of action, add chases in Aston Martins, an explosion or two, a few charming Bond girls, an agent worthy of the number 007, and a good dose of stunts of all kinds. For the 24th Bond adventure, "Spectre”, the director, Sam Mendes, has nevertheless gone overboard. The plot, which revolves around a sinister criminal organisation, entails the reduction of 32 million euros worth of cars, into piles of scrap metal, and costing 15% of the overall budget.
Airplanes and helicopters also have their moment of glory, but do come off a little better. In the Austrian Alps, the chase between 4x4’s, and a 1960’s British twin-engined ten-seater, Britten-Norman Islander (BN-2), that comes to an unfortunate end after flying through a chalet, required a total of eight aircraft. Two real aircraft were leased for filming, and six were models; some attached to cables for the very low altitude scenes, others mounted on snowmobiles to manoeuvre the aircraft on the ground.
The production also used three different types of helicopters: an AgustaWestland (AW109) in London, a McDonnell Douglas (MD500E) in Morocco, and in particular, a Messerschmitt-Bölkow-Blohm (Bo 105) above Mexico City.
To carry out barrel rolls at 30 feet (10 metres) above ground level, and giving the impression that the helicopter is uncontrollable, the producers turned to Chuck Aaron, the mid-air aerobatics specialist, who officiates at Red Bull events. All in all, a great show in perspective.
Spectre is due to be released at the end of the month in the UK, and early November in the rest of Europe and the United States.
Watch the trailer at the end of the news report.