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
Didn't I mention that there were seven of them? And that's only the half of it, or just over half, because a total of 12 DBSs will be used during filming, amounting to nearly two million pounds' worth. What's more, the seven of them here will, as Gary Powell puts it, "get smashed to bloody pieces". That is, in fact, the point - at the end of the car chase, Bond's DBS is supposed to be a write-off, hence the scope for things getting out of control. But to film the car's gradual destruction requires more than one Aston, because even if it drives after a serious knock, it'll drive badly, so you need spares that look damaged but function perfectly underneath.
This leads to some surreal moments. During one take in which the cars drive off into a tunnel, we hear the sound of gunfire, tyre squeals, a loud, ominous thud and then silence. A few moments later, the two-way radio crackles into life telling someone to call the recovery vehicle. Eyes roll. Air is sucked through teeth. The DBS has taken a knock on the front wing and this has put the steering and suspension out, meaning it has to go back to the mechanics. But Dan Bradley is happy with the damage - beaming about it, in fact. So before a new Aston can be brought in, a photo of the prang is sent to the mechanics at the Action Vehicles Base, who take hammers and angle-grinders to the front wing of a pristine DBS, all in the name of continuity.