This final film in the Craig-era of Bond upended a record that’s very similar to one they set with “Spectre,” the previous Bond film. The 2015 Bond movie received the Guinness World Record for the “largest film explosion,” per CinemaBlend. The new record set by “No Time to Die” is for the “most high explosives in one shot.”
The official James Bond Youtube page posted about the new Guinness World Record earlier this week. They shared a video that took viewers behind the scenes with special effects/stunt action coordinator Chris Corbould.
In the video, Corbould explained how they set about breaking the previous record for high explosives in one shot. For context, they used explosives at the end of “No Time to Die” when Bond blew up the villain’s poison-ridden base of operations.
“While we were rigging the explosions, one of the guys from Event Horizon, the explosive company, came up to me and said, ‘Oh, Chris, you know that there is a different Guinness Book of Records award out there?’” Corbould said in the video. “Now I thought we had got that with ‘Spectre,’ but apparently there was another one for ‘the highest explosives in one shot.’”
And by how big of a margin did they surpass the old record? “The record was for 65 kilograms of high explosives in one shot. We had 140 [kilograms] in our one,” Corbould revealed. They more than doubled the previous record, making it impossible for other films to easily catch up.
‘No Time to Die’ Special Effects and Stunt Coordinator Talks Setting New Record
Chris Corbould has worked with the James Bond franchise since “The Spy Who Loved Me” in 1977. In that time, he’s set Guinness World Records for ‘Spectre,’ ‘Casino Royale’ (most cannon rolls in a car), and now “No Time to Die.”
But Corbould doesn’t think this record is going anywhere any time soon. He opened to CinemaBlend about how production started asking him about setting records with the James Bond films.
“Yes, I think we’ve got it. That’s more of a production endeavor, really. On ‘Spectre,’ they came up to me and said, ‘Is this a big explosion?’ Of course, I said, ‘Yeah,’ and they said, ‘Is it the biggest one you’ve ever done?’ I said, ‘Eh, I think it probably is,’ then that cranked up the cogs for them to then go to the Guinness Book of World Records and look into it. It was production-driven, really,” Corbould shared.
Hopefully, we’ll see the stunt and special effects coordinator again for the next era of James Bond. And perhaps he’ll set even more Guinness World Records to come.