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James Bond movie Spectre will write off £24m worth of cars


Story by Jack Foley

NEW James Bond movie Spectre looks to have set a record for smashing up cars.

According to the stunt co-ordinators on the film, £24 million worth of cars have been written off during the shoot, which includes seven specially designed Aston Martin DB10 sports cars.

The figure was revealed in the Mail on Sunday, in which Spectre‘s chief stunt co-ordinator Gary Powell said: “We set the record for smashing up cars… In Rome, we wrecked millions of pounds’ worth. They were going into the Vatican at top speeds of 110mph. We shot one entire night for four seconds of film.”

The list of vehicular casualties also reportedly extends to three further DB10s, all featuring the ejector seat made famous by 007’s classic DB5 from the 1964 film Goldfinger, as well as a Land Rover belonging to one of the film’s villains.

The Rome scene that Powell spoke of has already been featured in one of the film’s vlog posts as well as the trailer and is understood to have caused damage costing seven figures alone.

The sequence features 007’s DB10 being chased by a villain in a Jaguar C-X75 and is said to have taken place in the Vatican, against the backdrop of the Colosseum and along the Tiber river.

According to the report, the £24m accounts for more than 10% of Spectre‘s entire budget. However, it seems unlikely that the Aston Martins were acquired at full cost given that the manufacturer has been a long-term supplier to the Bond franchise. Its brand is now almost synonymous with 007.

If the bill for vehicular destruction seems steep for Bond, then it pales by comparison to that on Fast & Furious 7, which reportedly destroyed 230 cars in total.

Spectre opens in UK cinemas on October 26.

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