2021 has plenty of excellent movies lined up, but one that is shining a little bit brighter than the others is James Bond 007: No Time to Die. Following up from 2015’s Spectre, No Time to Die promises to bring us plenty of mystery, a glamourous villain, fast cars and some super impressive technology. It has been five years since we last saw Daniel Craig don his finest tuxedo for the role of Bond and we have missed him terribly!
To help us contain our excitement in the months to follow ahead of No Time to Die’s release, we have put together a list of the most interesting things to happen on the set of the Bond films over the years.
- When filming the opening scene of Skyfall, Daniel Craig was given 85 identical Tom Ford suits. Additionally, during weapons training, the movie’s cast went through roughly 200,000 rounds of ammunition.
- The 1974 Bond film, The Man with the Golden Gun, was the first ever movie to use a computer-modelled stunt. Roger Moore was playing our leading man at the time and the stunt required a car to jump over a broken bridge, do a barrel mid-air and then land back on its wheels on the other side of the bridge. It was executed perfectly in just one take.
- When you sign on to be James Bond, you are by no means allowed to appear wearing black tie in any other movie for the entire duration of your appointment as the agent. This is written into every Bond’s contract, as MGM, the production studio, doesn’t want any confusion. Unfortunately for Pierce Brosnan, when he filmed The Thomas Crown Affair during his stint as Bond, his outfits needed to be edited and occasionally reshot, as he had not adhered to the rule.
- 2008’s Quantum of Solace set had a bit of an unfortunate (and expensive) mishap. The stuntman lost control of the Aston Martin he was driving and ended up plunging the vehicle into Italy’s Lake Garda.
- Pierce Brosnan has been the deadliest bond to date. In Goldeneye, he killed 47 people – a strong contrast to Roger Moore, who killed just one person in The Man with the Golden Gun.
- While filming 2006’s Casino Royale, the seven full barrel-rolls completed by the Aston Martin DBS set a new world record. It has been reported that since then, Aston Martin has signed a deal with Daniel Craig that allows him to have any of its cars whenever he wants them, straight from the factory for the rest of his life.
- In 1962’s Dr No, when the legendary Sean Connery was signed on to play our hero, the film’s main sponsor was Smirnoff vodka. They set a rule that Bond’s iconic martini never be mentioned, as it was infamously gin-based. Either way, both these tipples would go well when playing like Bond at online gaming sites.
- With Pierce Brosnan as Bond in 1997’s Tomorrow Never Dies, over 15 BMW 750s were completely destroyed.
- The Bond title Spectre is actually an acronym that stands for Special Executive for Counterintelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion. This is of course a fictional criminal organisation.