Everyone knows that James Bond, 007 and subject of the upcoming film No Time to Die, enjoys his martini shaken and not stirred. But how does he enjoy his Coca-Cola? Sprayed all over the ground, apparently. Really, the stunt team for Daniel Craig's final hurrah as the secret agent spent about $70,000 on an immense amount of Coke and then sloshed it all over the street...for a single motorcycle stunt.
According to Total Film, this bizarre process was all in pursuit of the trailer's incredible, wall-hopping Matera-set motorcycle jump. You remember the one:
"I got a phone call late at night, and as soon as I see Daniel [Craig]'s name ringing me, I was like 'Here we go!'" said stunt coordinator Lee Morrison. "He said, 'I've got this idea; find me something cool!'" Then came the stunt. Performed by Paul Edmondson on a 450cc motorcross bike, the leap took all the experience the biking champ had...and a full tanker of Coke.
“I’ve been spraying Coca-Cola on slippery surfaces for a very long time," Morrison said. “I spent nearly €60,000 spraying Coca-Cola around Matera - [Bond producer Barbara Broccoli] looked at me as if I'm crazy. And it makes things look very clean after it washes off!”
The reasoning behind it was friction. Hitting a ramp at 50-60mph and scaling a 22-meter wall is a big ask where a loss of traction could spell disaster. Getting potentially slick cobblestones and other surfaces sticky with sugary soda means there's less of a chance something goes wrong with the slip of a wheel. It's bad for your teeth, but all that Coke is actually good for your health — if you're a stunt performer, that is.
No Time to Die hits theaters on April 2, 2021.