No Time to Die Cinematographer Tells Us How to Shoot Badass Car Chases

Right at the beginning of the movie, a motorbike careens through the streets of Matera, Italy; the filmmaker calls it “a little amuse-bouche” (an appetizer for those who don’t watch cooking shows) for the DB5 car chase sequence. The warmup is not a wimpy action scene: it sets the tone for the connection between Bond, the Aston Martin, and the audience.

Listening to Sandgren describe the sheer number of handheld cameras, drones, rigs, and everything else is dizzying. This is no let’s-stick-a-GoPro-on-the-side film job. The cinematographer had to figure out complicated math to calculate weights and balances for camera rigs on the stunt cars not just on one side, but on both.

“This is just an incredible experience to be part of to be able to do these kinds of things, to have the resources for it,” Sandgren days. “We really wanted to do it for real and not fake it in post. If you’ve seen the trailers with Land Rovers flying and rotating in the air, know that we shot that not one time, but multiple times with people in those cars.”

We’ve been waiting for more than a year since the trailer was released to finally see Craig’s final Bond film. I’ll bring the popcorn and Junior Mints. 

No spoilers, please. Want to talk 007? I say the next car should be a Valkyrie. Send the writer a note: [email protected]

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