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How Did They Film “No Time to Die” in Matera?

The latest James Bond Spy Movie, No Time to Die, features many action-packed scenes and famous actors. Released in late September 2021, the film became a successful box office hit, garnering more than $700,000,000 internationally. 

The cobblestone streets in Matera, Italy, did not have sufficient grip for the chase scene, making the production crew use the innovative method of pouring Coca-Cola on the ground to create the grip suited for the stunts. 

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Starring Daniel Craig in his final performance as the widely-recognized spy, James Bond, No Time to Die begins with James Bond enjoying a peaceful and silent life in Jamaica. The peace and tranquility quickly ended as his old acquaintance from the CIA, Felix Leiter, played by Jeffrey Wright, requests his aid. (Source: No Time to Die

The movie centers on James Bond’s mission to save a snatched scientist as it becomes increasingly dangerous and twisted. Concluding the James Bond franchise with a balanced combination of mystery, adventure, and action, the film leaves viewers entertained and satisfied. No Time to Die quickly becomes a success in the box office, grossing a total of $708,408,363 worldwide. (Source: Box Office Mojo

The Chasing Scenes’ Production

In the No Time to Die movie, there are two primary chasing scenes using automobiles. Set in the countryside of Scotland, the first chase scene contains numerous SUVs, including the new Land Rover model defender. The initial vehicular pursuing chase shows the ability of SUVs to withstand rough and bumpy terrains.

The second distinguishable chase scene from No Time to Die takes place in southern Italy, within the streets of Matera city. While the antagonists use Triumph motorcycles and Jaguar XE Sedans for their mode of transport, James Bond uses his trusty and aged and classic DB5. With that said, the DB5 used for the newly-released movie can reach new limits the original DB5 cannot achieve, such as powerslides and guns emerging from headlight buckets. Due to the DB5’s fragility and lack of power, the production crew thought of a different way to execute the film’s stunts.

They used eight almost-identical copies of the DB5; the only difference between the DB5 and its replicas is the gleaming plastic grille and the body seams. Most of the parts used for the replicas, such as the badges, door handles, and bumpers, are DB5 replacement parts owned by Aston Martin. Moreover, the replica DB5s are relatively better due to the symmetry of its body and their lightness.

Another method the production crew used to perform the stunt works incorporates the usage of Coca-Cola. Poured to the ground to get more grip, Mark Higgins notes that Coca-Cola works better than anything.

We poured Coca-Cola on the ground to get some grip. The Coke seems to work better than anything. It was incredible how well it was working. The terrain in Scotland was a bit of a challenge, but in terms of hitting something taking a wheel off, it was Matera. It was very narrow and very low grip. So there was more chance of writing a car off.

Mark Higgins

(Source: Car and Driver

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