“Spectre,” the upcoming twenty-fourth James Bond film, reportedly has a budget bordering on a whopping $303 million U.S. dollars according to British tabloid The Daily Mail.
That would not only make it the most expensive Bond film ever made, but one of the most expensive films ever made. Even more interesting though is what some of that money was spent on with approximately $36 million alone written off on the vehicles used throughout the film.
Ten specifically created Aston Martin DB10 sports cars were built for the production with seven of them destroyed during filming.
In fact several million dollars worth of high-performance vehicles were written off during one sequence alone in which Bond’s Aston Martin is pursued at high speed by Dave Bautista’s Hinx villain in a Jaguar C-X75 through the streets of Rome.
That chase took place around the Vatican, Colosseum and along the River Tiber. Chief stunt co-ordinator Gary Powell says: “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.”
Another scene involves a full-size aeroplane piloted by Bond which ploughs through an Alpine barn and crashes into a villain’s Land Rover, and another is the opening sequence in which a struggle over a helicopter’s landing gear leads to a mid-air loop-the-loop.
“Spectre” opens in the UK October 26th and the U.S. on November 6th.