007 movie scores world record stunt blast
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 World 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 8,418l kerosene with 33kg 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 US$70.4 million (S$100 million) but fell below initial takings for the last 007 film Skyfall which took US$88.4 million when it opened in 2012.