When it comes to boys and their toys, there is little more desirable than a James Bond car – but that didn’t deter the makers of Spectre from blowing up a record £24 million worth of them in the latest 007 extravaganza.
During the filming of the most spectacular and expensive Bond movie ever, a total of seven specially designed Aston Martin DB10 sports cars were destroyed.
In one heart-pounding car chase alone – in which the secret agent’s Aston Martin is pursued at high speed by a villain in a Jaguar C-X75 through the streets of Rome – millions of pounds worth of high-performance vehicles were written off.
The chase took place in the Vatican, the Colosseum and along the River Tiber, with producers having to weigh up the risk of a car skidding into the Vatican, which would have been ‘catastrophic’.
In another extraordinary scene, a full-size aeroplane piloted by Bond ploughs through an Alpine barn only to career into the villain’s Land Rover, reducing it to a flaming wreck.
Inevitably, the imperturbable spy, played for the fourth time by Daniel Craig, walks away unscathed.
Details of the eye-popping stunts, which also include a mid-air struggle on a helicopter’s landing gear, are revealed in a special edition of today’s Event magazine with The Mail on Sunday, the only official insiders’ guide to the making of the £200 million movie.
Speaking exclusively to Event, which was given unprecedented access to the set, chief stunt co-ordinator Gary Powell, said: ‘We set the record for smashing up cars on Spectre.
‘In Rome, we wrecked millions of pounds worth. They were going into the Vatican at top speeds of 110 mph. We shot one entire night for four seconds of film.’
Ten sleek Aston Martin DB10s, equipped with the famous ejector seat, were specially created for Spectre, 51 years after Sean Connery drove the iconic DB5 in Goldfinger.
UK viewers will be first to see Spectre, with a London premiere on October 26.
US audiences will have to wait until November 6 to see Bond’s wrecking spree.