Rome Filming (5)
4th March 2015
The night shoot in Italy continues with scenes captured near the Vatican
By MI6 Staff
Despite the principal cast having departed Rome for the UK and continued work on sets at Pinewood, James Bond's second unit has been hard at work on the streets of Rome for a shoot that rivals the infrastructure and presence of their Austrian visit earlier this year.
The Aston Martin DB10 and Jaguar C-X75, now with stunt-drivers behind the wheel, roared up the streets of Rome - and along the banks of the Tiber capturing scenes they were spotted rehearsing earlier - as well as passing near to the iconic Vatican city. The timing of this shoot is poignant: this week 20 years ago the Bond family was orchestrating another fantastic battle of the badges between Ferrari and Aston as Brosnan and his co-star Famke Janssen shot the famous downhill run in Monaco for "GoldenEye".
Whilst earlier shots called for a ride-on-top cab to accommodate the driver out of sight of the camera, thereby allowing Craig and Dave Bautista to take the wheel, these shots called for similarly specialised rigs, with cameras attached to the back of the Jag and the front of the Aston to capture the action as it happened and get a sense of the driver's perspective.
It is understood that the sequence also calls for a parachute jump to be staged, with Bond jumping from a low-flying helicopter.
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