How 8,400 gallons of Coke kept 007 on his motorcycle in No Time to Die
Everyone knows how partial to a vodka martini, shaken but not stirred, James Bond is.
However, making the last 007 movie involved copious amounts of a rather different drink – Coca-Cola.
The producers of No Time To Die paid £ 55,000 for 8,400 gallons of Coke to make the cobbled streets of a single set less slippery for a motorcycle stunt.
The crew spent hours splashing it around Matera in southern Italy before a spectacular bike jump over a 60-foot wall.
James Bond on a motorcycle in the long-awaited new 007 movie, No Time To Die
Daniel Craig is fighting in the streets of Matera, during the filming of the new production 007
The producers of No Time To Die paid £ 55,000 for 8,400 gallons of Coke to make the cobblestone streets of one filming location less slippery for a motorcycle stunt
The plan was to let the drink dry, leaving a sticky residue that would help the 450cc bike grip the cobbles better when it landed.
For the show, stuntman Paul Edwards had to hit a 25-foot, 60-mph ramp 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 during a late night phone call, adding: ‘I spent almost € 60,000 to spray Coca-Cola around Matera. I’ve been spraying Coke on slippery surfaces for a very long time.
He told Total Film magazine that the drink “ makes things very clean after being washed. ”
During this time, it emerged that, exceptionally, Bond will not appear in the action sequence that traditionally precedes the title credits.
The last time 007 was left out of the scene was when Roger Moore made his Live And Let Die debut in 1973.
In previous opening sequences, the spy skied to the edge of a mountain before opening a Union Jack (The Spy Who Loved Me) parachute, bungy jump 750 feet from a Swiss roadblock (GoldenEye) and fought a fleeing mercenary on the roof. a high speed train (Skyfall).
The Wall Street Journal described the opening scene of No Time To Die as “ visually striking … and entirely unrelated. ”
Bond expert Piers Bracher said the films used “a fixed recipe,” adding, “It’s a predictable formula. That’s why we all love him – or hate him – so much. No Time To Die would be Craig’s last release in 007. It is slated for release in April after being twice delayed by the pandemic.