‘Spectre’ sets record for largest movie stunt explosion

Daniel Craig poses for photographers on the red carpet at the Mexican premiere of the new James Bond 007 film
Actor Daniel Craig poses for photographers on the red carpet at the Mexican premiere of the new James Bond 007 film "Spectre" in Mexico City, November 2, 2015. REUTERS/Ginnette Riquelme

November 10, 2015

(Reuters) – Nail-biting action scenes and blasts are a regular feature in James Bond movies but the franchise’s latest offering, “Spectre”, has scored a world record for the largest stunt explosion in a film, Guinness World Records said on Tuesday.

Actor Daniel Craig, who reprises the 007 role for the fourth time, actress Lea Seydoux and producer Barbara Broccoli were presented with an official certificate confirming the feat while promoting “Spectre” in Beijing.

Guinness Word Records said on its website that the official title holder was “Spectre” Special Effects and Miniature Effects Supervisor Chris Corbould who created the explosive scene.

It said the blast, which lasted over 7.5 seconds and took place in Morocco, had a total yield of 68.47 tonnes of TNT equivalent. It resulted from detonating 8,418 liters of kerosene with 33 kilograms of powder explosives, it added.

“Spectre”, the 24th James Bond film, broke records at the British box office upon opening late last month.

It topped the North American box office at the weekend with $70.4 million but fell below initial takings for the last 007 film “Skyfall” which took $88.4 million when it opened in 2012.

(Reporting by Reuters Television in Beijing and Marie-Louise Gumuchian in London; Editing by Catherine Evans)

  • Basil2015

    What do hillary and obama have to do with this? Lord knows I despise them both, but, the story is about a movie effect. Give it a break.

  • captainbars

    Meantime, Obama is destroying our Constitution and stealing our freedoms, Hillary got away with murder, the press prints lies and deceptions, the potus is stirring racism, people are being forced to accept gay rights, babies are murdered in the womb, sex slavery is growing, feminism has reduced men to a shadow of what they should be, and Islam is being shipped to America. But, hey, Hollywood is making billions cranking out over 500 movies a year. That’s all that counts, right? The world is falling apart, but as long as someone is making a lot of money, all’s well. Gotta entertain the massess, and let us escape from our miserable lives for a few hours. And the actors, producers, directors, go home to their walled houses, and think up the next piece of trash to film. And their latest masterpiece goes to genvideo, or watch32, and a few months from now, anyone can buy it on amazon, used, for a few bucks. Yawn. And the vicious cycle continues. When they’re dead and gone, what will it matter, all the rewards and records, and “hard work” and praise, the idolizing fans. They’ve already gotten their rewards.