MI6 visited the 2nd Unit on location in July to
witness the shooting of a crucial Miami Airport action
in Casino Royale...
Casino Royale - On Set
12th November 2006
With just over a week of filming left before Casino Royale wrapped
principal photography, MI6 visited the 2nd Unit on location at
Dunsfold Aerodrome, UK.
Setting The Scene
On a warm summer’s evening in early July, MI6 went south
to Dunsfold Aerodrome, UK, to the location best known as the
scene of the BBC motoring show "Top Gear". Upon arriving, MI6
were shown the first three Broadcast News Reels which are now
on the official website as podcasts. The scene was then set
as to how the evening's action fitted into the big
picture of the 21st James Bond film, Casino Royale.
Later, everyone was transported to the runway by bus, where
the cameras were set to roll a little after 10pm, for the first
planned for the evening. On completing the Prague shoot, the
second unit returned to the UK where they set up camp at Dunsford
Aerodrome. The location doubles for Miami Airport
in the film. The second unit would perform several of these ‘long
hall’ night shoots – scheduled to run from 10pm until
4am – just as on the evening MI6 visited.
Plate shots had been photographed earlier in
the shoot, which would be digitally combined with the live footage
on the night.
Scene one – A police car rams into
a heavily damaged tanker. The officers firing on it try
to stop it crashing into the new airplane. The tanker is
parked, and being rocked by the stunt crew. The police
car was put into position and rocked by stunt co-ordinator
Gary Powell by standing in the boot. The car then shot
backwards. This shot took 3 or 4 takes to complete. First,
water doubling for kerosene is supposed to spray out of
all the bullet holes in a strip. When some holes do not
spray a second take is needed. After the failed takes,
the aluminium skin was striped off, squibs replaced and
then over an hour of work goes into re-painting and weathering
the truck to give it the same look for the next take.
Scene two – The second shot is
of one of Daniel Craig’s stunt double hanging out
of the tanker cab as it races towards the new airplane.
In the film, a terrorist known as Carlos, who is determined
to blow up the airplane, drives this tanker. A stunt driver
is used to double for Carlos. The airplane is a modified
747, and the art department have altered the engines and
other external features. The 747 is marked with yellow
squares to enable the special effects team to ‘add’ a
second floor to the plane (these can still be seen in the
trailer for the film, but will be replaced with "Sky
Fleet" graphics in the film). The runway is constantly
wetted down by fire-prevention crews, on-hand to see that
nothing goes wrong. The tanker races down the tarmac towards
the plane and a fleeing crowd. Many cars bearing the Miami
police logo are on hand to add the extra realism.
The 2nd Unit – which features a smaller crew than the first unit – focuses
on stunts, action, and insert shots, which do not normally require the primary
The Primary Crew
Alexander Witt (second unit director)
Gary Powell (stunt coordinator)
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The two scenes, which took a whole night’s shooting to
get ‘in the can’, will be between 1 and 5 seconds
in length in the finished film.
Where Will It Be In The Film?
This scene will take place in the middle section of the film
as James Bond chases the terrorist, Carlos, through the buildings
and runways of Miami International airport.
Produced by Michael G. Wilson and
Barbara Broccoli (Eon Productions) and directed by Martin
Campbell, CASINO ROYALE is scheduled for release on November
16, 2006 in the UK. Principal photography started on January
30th 2006, with locations in the UK, Czech Republic (Prague),
Italy, and the Bahamas. It will be British actor Daniel Craig’s
first outing as James Bond. He is the sixth actor to play
the 007 role in the franchise.
The film also stars Judi Dench, Eva Green, Mads
Mikkelsen, Jeffrey Wright, Giancarlo Giannini, Caterina Murino,
Simon Abkarian, Tobias Menzies, Ivana Milicevic, Clemens Schik,
Ludger Pistor, Claudio Santamaria and Isaach de Bankole.
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