Spectre may not be quite the match for its predecessor, Skyfall, as far as box office numbers are concerned. However, in many ways, the Sam Mendes-directed film is definitely the biggest release in the long-running James Bond franchise.
The new film -- which sees Daniel Craig return for his fourth go-round as superspy 007 -- is reportedly among the most expensive films ever made, with a production budget estimated to be between $250 million to $300 million. While it's debatable whether all that cash was well-spent (read our review of the film), it did result in some epic action sequences - a feat that has just been recognized with a new honor.
At a press conference in Beijing toay, Guiness World Records announced that Spectre has been awarded the title of the "Largest Film Stunt Explosion" for a key scene featuring Craig and co-star Léa Seydoux. The two actors and producer Barbara Broccoli accepted the record certificate on behalf of Oscar-winning visual effects supervisor Chris Corbould, whose other credits include previous Craig Bond films, Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy and Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The stunt itself was filmed on June 29th, 2015 in Erfoud, Morocco and used 8,418 liters of fuel and 33kg of explosives to accomplish.
Given that the James Bond franchise has long been known for its global scope and astounding stunt work, the fact that the latest film features the largest explosion in the history of cinema only serves to underscore that particular goal, further perpetuating the ambition of these productions. After all, Spectre opens in China this week, and the Guinness World Records announcement serves as a nice way to gather promotional coverage and highlight the visuals inherent in Bond's most recent adventure.
That being said, this award could also be seen by the film's critics as what is wrong with some of the 007 films. Sure, intense action sequences and grand stunt work are par for the course with such an espionage action thriller as the Bond films. However, the size of the pivotal explosion doesn't necessarily mean that the film in question features a compelling story and narrative satisfaction for the audience. Corbould's accomplishment is one that deserves celebration to be sure, but this award could only futher propel the producers behind Spectre to focus their attention on creating increasingly bigger stunts instead of better stories.
Spectre is now playing in theaters.
Source: Guinness World Records