How 8,400 liters of cola kept 007 in No Time To Die on his engine
Everyone knows how partial James Bond is to a vodka martini, shaken but not stirred.
However, the making of the latest 007 movie involved large amounts of an entirely different drink: Coca-Cola.
The producers of No Time To Die paid £ 55,000 for 8,400 liters of Coke to make cobbled streets less slippery in one filming location for a motorcycle stunt.
Crew members spent hours around Matera in southern Italy, prior to a spectacular bike jump over a 60ft wall.
James Bond on a motorcycle in the highly anticipated new 007 movie, No Time To Die
Daniel Craig fights on the streets of Matera while filming the new 007 production
The producers of No Time To Die paid £ 55,000 for 8,400 liters of Coke to make cobbled streets less slippery in one filming location for a motorcycle stunt
The plan was to let the drink dry, leaving a sticky residue that would help the 450cc bike hold the cobbles better when it landed.
For the spectacle, stunt driver Paul Edwards had to hit a slope of 7.5 meters at 100 km / h to clear the wall and land on the cobbles.
Stunt boss Lee Morrison said star Daniel Craig came up with the idea and told him about it on a nighttime phone call, adding, “ I spent nearly $ 60,000 spraying Coca-Cola around Matera. I’ve been spraying Coca-Cola on smooth surfaces for a long time. ‘
He told Total Film magazine that the drink also ‘looks very clean after it is washed off.’
In the meantime, it has been revealed that Bond, unusually, will not appear in the action sequence that traditionally precedes the title credits.
The last time 007 was left out was when Roger Moore made his debut in 1973’s Live And Let Die.
In earlier opening scenes, the spy skied off the edge of a mountain before opening a Union Jack parachute (The Spy Who Loved Me), doing a 750-foot bungee jump off a Swiss dam (GoldenEye), and fighting a fleeing mercenary on the roof of a fast moving train (Skyfall).
The Wall Street Journal described the opening scene of No Time To Die as ‘visually arresting … and completely bond-free’.
Bond expert Piers Bracher said the films used ‘a set recipe’ and added, ‘It’s a predictable formula. That’s why we all like – or hate – it so much. No Time To Die is said to be Craig’s last outing as 007. It should be released in April after being delayed twice by the pandemic.