It’s a moist, chilly night in October 2019, and I’m within the real-life Q Department storage, also called a warehouse in Pinewood Studios. I’m one in every of a few dozen journalists being proven James Bond’s traditional Aston Martin DB5, which has been newly upgraded for its subsequent mission. I’m standing proper in entrance of the enduring automobile as No Time To Die’s SFX supervisor, Chris Corbould, prompts its most spectacular new gadget.
Each of the DB5’s bulbous headlamps sink into the engine bay, sliding apart to disclose twin rotary mini-guns. The ordnance slides ahead, pausing solely to click on into place earlier than spinning as much as a velocity that makes the six particular person barrels disappear right into a blurr. Small jets of flame erupt from the muzzles whereas the weapons buzz like livid hornets. A stream of brass shells eject from the air intakes on the wings of the automobile, which sounds akin to cash spilling from an overstuffed financial institution vault as they scatter over the ground.
“A bit more spectacular, I think you’ll agree,” says Corbould.
It’s a stunt that ought to have me and everybody else within the room diving for canopy, particularly contemplating we weren’t advised that that is what the DB5 can do now. However, regardless of the odd buzzing noise (which can be enhanced within the Foley studio for the precise movie) the prop weapons elicit a smile of approval from lots of the reporters standing within the automobile’s firing arc. They’re positively a enjoyable substitute for the .30 calibre Browning machine-guns that used to cover behind the DB5’s indicator bulbs.
The DB5’s new package is deemed thrilling sufficient to be the included in nearly each one in every of No Time To Die’s many trailers (an unlucky results of the movie’s continually shifting launch date). The scene sees Bond spinning the automobile in circles round a sq. in Matera, Italy, gunning down enemies as he strafes. Not seen within the trailers is the thick smoke display screen that belches from the exhausts, the brand new LCD programmable license plates, or the bomb dispenser hiding beneath the rear bumper.
Corbould demonstrates the bomb hatch for us, which considerably pathetically drops half a dozen plastic naval mine-like explosives onto the concrete ground. “Going at 60 miles-per-hour they fly all over the place,” he guarantees. “An unfortunate Jaguar XF runs over a few of these and they all explode, which puts the car on its side and sends it into a building.”
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This explicit gadget-laden DB5 is one in every of 10 used on No Time To Die. Two are unique fashions from “way back when”, whereas an extra eight have been constructed for the movie in collaboration with Aston Martin. Two of those are stunt automobiles outfitted with ‘pods’ atop the roofs, from which skilled drivers can sit and management the automobiles whereas actors take the wheel inside. One other two are gadget automobiles fitted with Q Department gizmos, whereas the ultimate 4 are used for battle harm scenes.
“We made these bullet hits in the screen by firing pellets at them with Daniel Craig inside,” says Corbould, pointing to a DB5 with dozens of bullet holes within the home windows. “There’s a great shot of him inside and the windows are literally rupturing around him.”
The DB5 will be the centrepiece of No Time To Die’s storage, however it’s not the one Aston Martin within the movie. Whereas in London, Bond drives an Aston Martin V8. Chosen by director Cary Joji Fukunaga, this inexperienced Eighties traditional is virtually similar to the one pushed by Bond in 1987’s The Dwelling Daylights. Corbould provides no indication as to if it might be outfitted with hubcap lasers and a self-destruct system, however it does sport the identical registration plate because the one Timothy Dalton drove 34 years in the past.
Lastly, there are two trendy Aston Martins; the Valhalla (which is sadly not parked within the Pinewood storage) and the DBS Superleggera. Moderately than pushed by Bond, the ultra-modern DBS is the private automobile of MI6’s new agent, Lashana Lynch’s Nomi.
“Bond is picked up in this by another 00 agent,” says Corbould. “He’s a bit miffed that this agent has this fantastic car. So there’s a bit of backwards and forwards dialogue about it.”
Whereas Fukunaga selected the classic V8, the DBS was Craig’s selection, regardless of the automobile not belonging to Bond. “I think we needed a very modern car,” says Corbould. “Aston Martin very kindly put forward the DBS which Daniel really liked, so he had a big say in it coming on the scene.”
In direct opposition to those British supercars, No Time To Die’s second massive chase sequence makes use of a way more humble automobile. “It’s a totally off-road sequence that starts in Norway,” Corbould reveals. “Bond is in an old Toyota Land Cruiser, which is the car of the other person he’s with at the time.” Contemplating what else was revealed to us at Pinewood, it appears logical to conclude that this outdated Toyota belongs to Léa Seydoux’s Madeleine Swann, who lived in Norway as a toddler.
“And all of a sudden we have two of these Land Rover SVRs on his tail,” describes Corbould. “So he tries to escape, but obviously these are very fast compared to an old Toyota Land Cruiser. But he manages to run them off the road.”
“Shortly after that he thinks he’s got away, but three of these things appear very spectacularly,” says Courbould, pointing to a trio of brand name new Land Rover Defenders. Throughout manufacturing the Defender was itself in improvement, which meant for lots of secretive back-and-forth conferences with Jaguar Land Rover. Espionage is actually not what you count on from a 4×4, however Bond will all the time inject a bit of pleasure into dealings.
These high-octane automobile sequences will lastly be on the large display screen September 30, 2021 within the UK, and October 8 within the US. For extra on No Time To Die, take a look at what we learned on the movie’s set, and Daniel Craig’s farewell speech to the Bond cast and crew.
Matt Purslow is IGN’s UK Information and Leisure Author.