One week after it was released on November 6, the 24th film installment of the adventures of one, James Bond, continues to write itself into the record books. And not just with its outrageous box-office numbers.
On Wednesday, it was confirmed that SPECTRE, the highly-anticipated follow-up to Skyfall starring Daniel Craig as Agent 007, set the world record for the largest film stunt explosion ever.
According to Guinness World Records, “the blast had a total yield of 68.47 tonnes of TNT equivalent and was the result of detonating 8,418 litres of kerosene with 33 kg of powder explosives – and it lasted for over 7.5 seconds.”
In laymen terms, IT WAS FUCKING MASSIVE. If you’ve seen the film, you’ll recognize this incredible explosion from a pivotal scene in the film as Daniel Craig stands beside co-star Léa Seydoux in Erfoud, Morocco.
The official title holder is Academy Award® winner Chris Corbould who created the explosive scene in his role as Special Effects and Miniature Effects Supervisor on the movie.
Producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli commented: “It is absolutely tremendous that the Guinness World Records have recognised Chris Corbould’s incredible work in ‘Sprectre’ in which he created the largest explosion ever in film history.”
Guinness World Records Editor-in-Chief Craig Glenday said: “The James Bond movies are synonymous with pushing cinematic boundaries. The latest film, Spectre, has again captured the imagination of global cinemagoers, and this will certainly be due in part to the phenomenal stunts. The scene featuring the world’s largest film stunt explosion is spectacular and will live long in the memory as one of the outstanding moments in the Bond franchise.”
I can’t even begin to imagine what that 7.5 seconds cost to pull off. Probably enough to easily procure a few beach houses in Malibu. Whatever. This is James Bond we’re talking about. When it comes down to “go big or go home,” 007 is the bro that stays out until the sun comes up.
[via Guinness World Records]