New Bond movie Spectre sets Guinness record for biggest explosion in film history

The latest instalment in the James Bond movie franchise has set a new record for the largest movie explosion.

Latest instalment in James Bond franchise leaves audiences shaken and stirred

The latest installment in the James Bond franchise has set the Guinness world record for the world's largest film stunt explosion ever. 

The blast is part of an especially climactic scene in the 24th Bond film Spectre.

It was staged in Erfoud, Morocco, using 8,418 litres of kerosene with 33 kg of powder explosives, about 68.47 tones of TNT equivalent, according to the Guinness World Records website.

The whole thing lasted an intense 7.5 seconds. 

Bond actor Daniel Craig, co-star Léa Seydoux and producer Barbara Broccoli received an official certificate recognizing the new world record at an event promoting the film in Beijing, according to Reuters.

The record officially belongs to special effects supervisor Chris Corbould, winner of the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects for the 2010 film Inception, and effects supervisor for the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens

The previous record was held by the 1994 film Blown Away, starring Tommy Lee Jones and Jeff Bridges, according to Tech Times. 

It's not the first Guinness world record set in a Bond film.

Guinness has an impressive list of Bond-related world records, including "most appearances as James Bond," held by both Sean Connery and Roger Moore, who each played Bond seven (007?) times, and such gems as "highest bungee jump from a structure in a movie," and "longest speedboat jump in a film".

But for sheer spectacle, Spector's record-setting explosion is pretty hard to beat. 

Spectre brought in $70.4 million at the box office this weekend. Even with the big explosion, it failed to blow away the $88.4 million brought in by the last Bond movie Skyfall in 2012.


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