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
If nothing else, renting an Ultimate Arm of your own demands a military-size budget. But then this is a highly technical bit of kit, able to keep the camera stable at speeds of over 100mph, while coping with wind resistance and uneven surfaces. Watching a monitor inside the car, the operator uses a joystick to guide the camera and crane, able to send it through a 360° rotation in six seconds, while the Arm's stunt driver weaves in and out of the traffic being filmed. For evidence of its effect, watch the sequence in Batman Begins, where the Batmobile is pursued by the police through Gotham City. No doubt the final cut from Quantum of Solace will be just as heart-thumping, if a bit more ‘real-world'.
Ah, we're back with that slippery idea of the ‘real' on a film set, and specifically how realistic a Bond film needs to be. Getting the balance right has seen the pendulum swing back and forth more than once during its 22 incarnations.
That this is the second biggest grossing film franchise of all time speaks volumes for how frequently they've got it right in a history that now spans nearly 50 years.