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
"We're not going hand-held, like with the Bourne films. We want a different effect with Bond. But we want to be close, see the tension in the eyes." So more polished, then, but not the high gloss of a film like GoldenEye. Some Bond fans remain uncomfortable with this, believing that being unflappable is part of 007's job description, that the Martini should be the only thing feeling shaken after another brush with death. Yet Craig captures the more morally complex qualities in Bond's character. He comes closest to fitting Fleming's description of the man as someone who is vulnerable yet has ‘something cold and ruthless in the eyes'.
But enough of that, it's time to talk about a bit of kit that makes all the difference when filming car chases - the Ultimate Arm. It's a carbon-fibre crane from which hangs a gyro-stabilising camera, all of which is attached to the roof of a Mercedes ML55, painted matt black to minimise reflection. It looks stealthy, like a bit of military hardware - an apt coincidence, given the crane's inventor is Lev Yevstratov, a man who honed his engineering expertise making nuclear guidance systems for the Soviet Union.
Incidentally, chatting with the crew at the bar that evening, I discovered that quite a few were from ex-military backgrounds. One of them even argued that film companies could save a lot of time and money if the crew were organised like a military unit and subject to operational discipline. Given that he was quite drunk and in the process of ordering a round of sambucas, I doubted his level of commitment and suspected his opinion would mellow if faced with a drill sergeant screaming in his ear at five the next morning.