Six Facts About the Newest James Bond Film, ‘No Time to Die’
Daniel Craig made his final appearance as the world’s most famous secret service agent in the twenty-fifth James Bond film, titled No Time to Die. In this installment, Bond is no longer an active agent, but when his old friend and CIA field officer Felix asks for his help in finding a kidnapped scientist, he gets caught up in the search and along the way encounters a new villain who has access to a new technology that’s dangerous on a global scale. Now let’s learn some trivia about the film!
A LOT of Coke Was Needed to Film the Chase Scenes
While filming the car chase scenes in Italy, the production team needed approximately 8,400 gallons of Coca-Cola to be poured all over the ancient streets of the city of Matera. In the end, the ordeal ended up costing them about $77,000 USD. The reason they needed this was because Coke acts as a liquid adhesive, meaning that it could keep the motorbikes from sliding around too much during filming. And as you probably guessed, a lot of cleanup was required afterward. “I’ve been spraying Coca-Cola on slippery surfaces for a very long time,” said stunt coordinator Lee Morrison. He added that it makes “things look very clean after it washes off.”
It’s the First Bond Film With an American Director
It’s hard to believe that out of 25 Bond films, only one has been directed by an American, but it’s true – In 2018 it was announced that Cary Joji Fukunaga would direct the twenty-fifth installment. Fukunaga is best known for his work on season one of True Detective and Beasts of No Nation, the latter of which was nominated for a Golden Globe.
Daniel Craig Has Had the Longest Tenure Out of Any of the Bond Actors
Daniel Craig is only poised to star in five Bond films, whereas counterparts like Sean Connery and Roger Moore both starred in seven, respectively. However, Craig has actually had the longest Bond career out of all of the other actors; he made his debut in Casino Royale in 2006 and finished up in 2021…that’s almost 15 years of playing James Bond!
Daniel Craig Wanted to Dramatically Cut Back on His Stunts
The actor has stated in the past that he would retire from the role when he felt that he was too old and that his body could no longer handle all of the stunt work required of him. Well, apparently that time is now, because he asked to dramatically cut back the number of dangerous stunts he performed in No Time to Die due to a preexisting injury from filming the 2015 Bond film Spectre. Craig’s injuries and stunt work have reportedly been a point of contention in his marriage with fellow actress Rachel Weisz. “I knackered my knee and had surgery, I’ve had my right shoulder reconstructed, my other knee operated on and my thumb got hurt,” stated Craig.
Safin’s Lair is Mostly CGI
Lyutsifer Safin’s lair in the movie is on an island, some of which was shot at Trøllanes on Kalsoy Island in the Faroe Islands. However, the guide to the Faroe Islands website says: “Kalsoy island is heavily animated [in No Time to Die (2021)] as the only industry in the village Trøllanes is farming and there is no harbour.”
Daniel Craig is the Third-Oldest Actor to Play Bond
At the time of filming No Time to Die, Daniel Craig was 51. The oldest actor to play Bond was Roger Moore at 57 in A View to a Kill, followed by Sean Connery, who was 53 when he filmed Never Say Never Again.