By Francesco DeLuca
The newest James Bond film, “Spectre,” made over $70 million in its opening weekend. That number is second-best in the Bond franchise behind Skyfall, but the new film did make its way into the record books. The film’s special effects supervisor Chris Corbould broke the Guinness world record for largest explosion with a little help from 8,418 liters (2,224 gallons) of kerosene and 33 kilograms (73 lbs.) of explosives.
Raw footage shows the explosion lasting about 15 seconds, but the film edit shows the explosion from every angle. The explosion officially broke the record for largest practical explosion in film, meaning special effects had nothing to do with it. This explosion, however expensive it was, is testament to the film’s commitment to realism.
Though the explosion has already received the award from Guinness, it is unclear as to what criteria Guinness uses to determine the record, previously held by 1994’s action thriller Blown Away, which starred Jeff Bridges and Tommy Lee Jones.
The explosion, filmed it one take, had to be perfectly executed. Complications like actors moving, improper acting in the scene, timing being off, and urgency of the director calling off the take before the explosion went off are all taken into account and preparation had to be thorough to get the take they wanted (which they did.)
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Spectre is in theaters now