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It's not exactly news that blockbuster film productions cost a lot of money. Closing off big areas of major cities, staging giant action scenes, and hiring major stars all come at a pretty penny. These were surely expenditures made during the production of the new James Bond movie, Spectre, but it seems that the movie's budget also had a very special allocation that allowed it to blow up £24 million-worth of Aston Martin DB10 sports cars.
The Daily Mail has the details about a big time chase scene set in Italy in Spectre, and it was during the making of his sequence that the film managed to destroy many, many expensive cars. According to the British newspaper, the car race goes through the Vatican, the Colosseum and along the River Tiber, and during shooting the production ruined a grand total of seven Aston Martins. Speaking to stunt co-ordinator Gary Powell on the set of the movie while it was in production, he told the paper,
We set the record for smashing up cars on Spectre. In Rome, we wrecked millions of pounds worth. They were going into the Vatican at top speeds of 110 mph. We shot one entire night for four seconds of film.
It was further revealed that a total of 10 Aston Martin DB10s were specially created for the movie, and apparently outfitted with one of the most famous James Bond gadgets: an ejector seat. At least it's nice that three of these vehicles managed to survive all of the apparent chaos and destruction on set.
It seems that this is a pretty big year for the demolition of movie cars. First up, we had Furious 7, which reportedly killed as many as 230 vehicles. And while it doesn't seem as though an exact number has arrived online just yet, one can only imagine what the machine slaughter was like on the set of George Miller's Mad Max: Fury Road. It's also interesting to note that just a few weeks ago, Burt Reynolds revealed that the filming of Smokey and the Bandit went through a total of 12 Trans Ams. It's a Hollywood tradition at this point.
Spectre, which will be arriving in theaters in November, promises to be an action-packed blast - even on beyond the number of beautiful James Bond sports cars that were made. The movie finally has Daniel Craig's version of 007 in a showdown with the titular notorious organization, and it will be a globe-trotting adventure that finds the spy hero not only racing around Rome, but also on snowbanks in Austria and beating the heat in Mexico City.
When Spectre arrives in theaters on November 6th, see if you can't differentiate between all of the Aston Martins that they use.