Behind-the-scenes on Quantum of Solace
Remember that epic car chase between Bond's DBS and pursuing Alfa 159s? We had a look during filming...
Posted: 24 Oct 2012
Gary Powell, stunt co-ordinator on the film, doesn't need me to point that out. He knows that even the most meticulous planning isn't fool-proof, that a calculated risk is still a risk. But having come from a family of stuntmen, Powell was being thrown off horses and out of vans from the age of 11. For him and the stuntmen he's in charge of, working on Bond films is the high point in their career. They're employed precisely because they're not the kind of guys to hold back, to bottle it on the big take.
Quantum of Solace opens right at the point where Casino Royale ended, making it the only one of 22 Bond films that's a genuine sequel (this is what caused the hex, no doubt). Bond, as in Daniel Craig, isn't here but back at Pinewood Studios working on another scene - the close-ups will be done at another time. At either end of the set are base camps, one where Second Unit Director, a huge bear of an American called Dan Bradley, will pour over the rushes, the other - known as the Action Vehicles Base - where Graham Kelly is in charge of a team of crack commando mechanics responsible for looking after the seven Aston Martin DBSs on set.