Watch: James Bond used 8,400 gallon soda during chase in his Aston Martin DB5?
Do you know James Bond had to use a huge amount of soda during the shoot of the latest 007 flick, ‘No Time to Die’? Well not exactly James Bond, but the makers of the movie had to use 8,400 gallons of soda during the shoot of the latest Bond movie to perform a car chase scene?
But why? A movie like this with a gigantic budget like $250-300 million, can easily do a lot of things using the green screen and CGI. Of course they do, but the early chase sequence in the latest Bond movie was shot for real in ancient Italian city Matera and the makers of the film used such huge amounts of soda just to make things more authentic.
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The cobblestones on Matera's ancient streets were far too slippery for the high-speed action scene involving Aston Martin DB5 and other cars and motorcycles. Hence, the stunt coordinators came up with the idea to use soda to make the road grippier.
They poured the soda onto the streets and the Italian mediterranean sun and heat did the rest of the work. Once dried under the hot sunlight, the sugar content in the soda made the cobblestone road surface sticky and much grippier. This was something similar to what the special Trackbite resin coating does to drag racing strips.
James Bond movies are synonymous with car chases and high-speed action sequences. The makers of these movies use a lot of CGI, and a lot of real-life actions as well. There are many interesting behind the scene stories involved with every James Bond movie and this one is just another addition to that.