James Bond’s latest adventure is breaking all kinds of box-office records right now, but the film also broke one particularly explosive record before it hit theaters. The special effects team for Spectre was awarded a Guinness World Record this week for the largest stunt explosion in cinematic history.
Spectre producer Barbara Broccoli and stars Daniel Craig and Lea Seydoux accepted the award certificate today during a press conference in Beijing, China, where the film is set to open this week. They received the award on behalf of Chris Corbould, the Oscar-winning Special Effects and Miniature Effects Supervisor on Spectre.
The scene that earned the award involved the explosion of a massive underground structure that occurs while Bond and Seydoux’s character look on from a distant hilltop. The stunt was filmed in Erfoud, Morocco, during June 2015, and required 8,418 litres of fuel and 33kg of explosives.
“It is absolutely tremendous that the Guinness World Records have recognized Chris Corbould’s incredible work in Spectre in which he created the largest explosion ever in film history,” said Broccoli and fellow Spectre producer Michael G. Wilson in a statement accompanying the announcement of the new record.
A behind-the-scenes video documenting the stunt was also released by the official James Bond channel on YouTube.
“The James Bond movies are synonymous with pushing cinematic boundaries,” said Guinness World Records Editor-in-Chief Craig Glenday in another statement. “The latest film, Spectre, has again captured the imagination of global cinemagoers, and this will certainly be due in part to the phenomenal stunts. The scene featuring the world’s largest film stunt explosion is spectacular and will live long in the memory as one of the outstanding moments in the Bond franchise.”
Spectre is in theaters now.