Sometimes a James Bond movie like No Time to Die requires a little extra for a stunt. This time, Coca-Cola was brought in to aid with a motorcycle stunt in the film. Don’t be fooled, though, Coke is no newcomer to movie fame.
No Time to Die producers required a lot of Coke for this James Bond stunt
No Time to Die is a pretty serious box office hit as far as James Bond movies go. While Daniel Craig wasn’t performing this stunt, his stunt double, Paul Edwards took the lead. According to Lee Morrison and NME, stunt manager on the film, this stunt required 8,400 gallons of Coca-Cola.
The stunt used James Bond’s Triumph Scrambler 1200 in the film. Edwards had to hit a 25-foot ramp at 60 mph, which sounds a lot easier than it is. After that, he had to clear a wall and land on some cobblestones. All while making it look easy to pull off. Apparently, one of the movie crew figured out how to pull the stunt off was covering the road in Coke. This cost the crew just over $70,000 in Coke.
“I spent nearly €60,000 spraying Coca-Cola around Matera. I’ve been spraying Coca-Cola on slippery surfaces for a very long time,” Morrison said to Total Film last year.
Cobbled streets made the No Time to Die stunt harder to pull off
Thankfully, Coca-Cola was on the scene to help out with No Time to Die. Apparently, the soda is a movie secret, but it also washes off the ground nicely when the crews are finished. Coke happens to be a significant sponsor of movies, much like the James Bond ones, which makes sense.
Most of the time, you’ll see characters drinking from the well-known red can. According to Coca-Cola itself, the beverage has had a “recurring role in movies through the years,” starting in the early 1900s.
The earliest movie, including the popular beverage, is from a 1916 silent comedy titled The Mystery of the Leaping Fish. It was a silent film starring Douglas Fairbanks, who drives by a giant Coca-Cola billboard on a California highway.
Aston Martin was the star of the show, though
While the bike was necessary for this scene, there were a lot of other cars used in the film. The actors also drove a 1964 Aston Martin DB5, Land Rover Series III, Aston Martin V8 Vantage, Aston Martin DBS Superleggera, and a Toyota Land Cruiser Prado LC90.
For good measure, some of the other vehicles include a Jaguar XF, Range Rover Sport, and a Maserati Quattroporte. The Quattroporte even got a lot of action on two wheels, which is not something a Maserati sees every day.
So if you plan on watching No Time to Die sometime soon, check out the opening scene to see if you spy any Coke on the shiny cobblestones.