Saturday, 1 October 2016

ASTON MARTIN DB5 - Everything you need to know about 007’s iconic car

Ian Fleming’s "Goldfinger" (1959) novel specified that Bond drive a gadget-laden Aston Martin DB Mark III for the chase across Europe. The Mark III was introduced in 1957, the year before Fleming wrote Goldfinger. In preparation for the filming of "Goldfinger" (1964), production designer Ken Adam and special effects’ John Stears visited Aston Martin Lagonda to make a deal with them for a car. On their visit they fell in love with the DB5 prototype and managed to secure it for the movie.

The DB5 returned in "Thunderball" (1965), repaired after Bond’s crash in "Goldfinger" but then didn’t appear for another 30 years until "GoldenEye" (1995). A version of the iconic car was also featured in "Tomorrow Never Dies" (1997), "The World Is Not Enough" (1999), "Casino Royale" (2006), "Skyfall" (2012) and "SPECTRE" (2015).

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Here are some of Sir Ken Adam’s sketches for the gadget-laden Aston Martin DB5 that appeared in GOLDFINGER (1964)

Friday, 30 September 2016

Is The Living Daylights' cello case sled scene possible?

Leading scientists and engineers have studied stunts in James Bond films.

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James Bond, played by Timothy Dalton in "The Living Daylights", turns a cello case into a skeleton sled so he and Kara Milovy (played by Maryam d'Abo) can escape gun-wielding assailants pursuing them on skis and in a snow-adapted armoured car.
Of course, 007 and his love interest make it to the Austrian border just in time.
However, according to former world champion skeleton sled racer Kristian Bromley, they would have trouble staying on the case, let alone escaping their pursuers.
Bromley, who now designs high-tech sleds for Olympic racers, says that if a cello case had any square edges, it is doubtful that it would slide on snow at all.
He explains that the case would at least need a leading edge to lift itself slightly off the ground to create enough pressure for both sled and riders to move across the snow.
He adds, though, that even if the cello case was the right shape, there would be no way that Bond and his companion could steer it the right direction.
'They would need some kind of steering mechanism, or to use their hands outside the case. If they tried this, they would most likely spin around uncontrollably and end up falling out.'

Bromley adds that even if Bond could control the case, he still wouldn't be able to outpace the skiers.

Source: James Bond 007: 7 Bond stunts - E & T Magazine

The Living Daylights' cello case sled scene: IMPOSSIBLE

Thursday, 29 September 2016

In Memoriam: Yvan Chiffre

Yvan Chiffre (3 March 1936, Paris, France - 27 September 2016, Adissan, France) has passed away.


Yvan Chiffre entered the world of James Bond  in "Thunderball" (1965), where he was a Stunt coordinator. (uncredited)

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Could James Bond REALLY fly a helicopter upside down?

Could James Bond REALLY fly a helicopter upside down?

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Leading scientists and engineers have studied stunts in James Bond films.

"SPECTRE" (2015) had everyone talking when a helicopter, presumably with Bond in the cockpit, performs a 360° corkscrew stunt.

Helicopter pilot Mike Buckley from the British Airline Pilots Association says that it is possible to fly a helicopter upside down for a short period of time.

'Helicopter pilots are highly trained and this footage appears to be a Bo105 undertaking a very skilled manoeuvre with an expert pilot at the controls.'

Bond, being Bond, has obviously undergone rigorous training.

Buckley explains the Bo105 has a rigid rotor head which makes it possible to fly these amazing routines.

'The Westland Lynx, as flown by the UK Army Air Corps and the Royal Navy, also has a rigid head and is often seen in air shows around the UK doing rolls and occasionally loops,' he says.

Buckley admits it's difficult to tell if this footage is a real flight or a CGI recreation, because the film makers may have filmed a real flight and tinkered with the images afterwards.

'There are strict rules about low flying, so if it is real footage, the backdrop [of the city] may have been added later,' he says.

Source: James Bond 007: 7 Bond stunts - E & T Magazine

Spectre's upside-down helicopter: POSSIBLE

See our earlier published stories how stuntman Chuck Aaron did this here (including VIDEO) and here

See more "SPECTRE" news here

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

007 Item: JB 1 The world's first official 007 digital camera

007 Item: JB 1 The world's first official 007 digital camera

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