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£24m Up in Smoke: Is Spectre a Step Too Far?

September 25, 2015

  • New Bond film blew up £24m worth of cars
  • Spectre cost £200m to make
  • 10 Aston Martins custom-built for film

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With the new James Bond film set to premier in London on October 26, all eyes are on the famous franchise. From his enviable gadgets to his squad of sultry sidekicks, there’s no denying the guy’s got style – and while Bond’s no stranger to the odd car explosion, Spectre takes the drama to a whole new level.

The 2015 film will be brimming with a lineup of spectacular stunts, steamy scenes and adrenaline-packed action sequences, guaranteed to wow loyal fans and first-time viewers alike – but at what cost?

Explosions cost a pretty penny


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Men want to be him and women want to be on his arm – when it comes to James Bond, it seems like the world’s most famous secret agent can do no wrong. But is all that about to change? While lavishness is synonymous with
James Bond, Spectre has cost an eye-watering total of £200m – the highest figure of any Bond film so far.

As well as a penchant for a shaken martini, it seems the popular spy also enjoys blowing up the odd car – and his latest shenanigans have cost no less than £24m. 10 specially designed Aston Martin DB10 sports cars were built for the film, taking part in stunt scenes along with a Land Rover and a variety of other vehicles – but thankfully, two of the DB10s were rebuilt after filming for fans to enjoy.

Skyfall’s budget was estimated at between £100m and £130m – with the film raking in almost £660m. So, while £24m might seem like an obscene amount of money, if Spectre follows suit, the latest Bond film will more than make up for its indulgent spending.

The changing faces of Bond

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From Roger Moore in Octopussy to Pierce Brosnan in Die Another Day, the franchise has seen a number of famous faces fill Bond’s boots. Bringing with them iconic catchphrases and unique gadgets, every incarnation of Bond is remembered in his own right. But while the best Bond has long been subject to debate, more has been shaken up over the years than actors (and martinis).

With a number of classic cars at his disposal, the spy has been behind the wheel of some of the world’s most desirable drives. James Bond’s cars are legendary and one of the many reasons the enigmatic secret agent has caused such a stir on the film scene – not to mention with his bevy of beauties!

But when it comes to James Bond, cars maketh the man – as the spy and his famous wheels go hand-in-hand. From the Lotus Esprit S1 to the BMW Z8, the James Bond car collection has featured some classics over the years. And while Spectre might be blowing up some beauts, we can’t wait to see Bond back on our screens.

A right Royale theme


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Following Adele’s success with the Skyfall soundtrack, rumours were rife surrounding the new Bond theme song. In the weeks leading up to the big reveal, the spotlight fell on stars like Ellie Goulding, Taylor Swift and Lana Del Rey. But last week, Bond fans finally got the news they’d been waiting for – and the name’s Smith. Sam Smith. The star was revealed as the voice of the 2015 soundtrack and he couldn’t be more thrilled.

With a host of hit records under his belt, the award-winning crooner is hoping that he could make chart history by being the first singer to bring a Bond theme tune to number one. And with Daniel Craig hinting that this might be his last time playing 007, he’ll be hoping to go out in style, too.

With a £200m budget and a soundtrack voiced by Sam Smith, James Bond’s latest stint in the spotlight will hit the big screen at the end of October – and with such a well publicised build-up, we’ll be expecting big things from 007.

About The Author

Jon Le Roux is co-founder and company director of The Car Loan Warehouse. Being a mad engineering and motorsport enthusiast, I spend more hours than is healthy, watching, reading or talking about cars, boats, motorbikes…..basically anything with an engine.