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007's Aston Martin crashed into Italian lake

Discussion in 'Car Forum' started by Tennessee Slim, Apr 20, 2008.

  1. Tennessee Slim

    Tennessee Slim Señor Member CLM

    Apr 14, 2004
    Mucus City, USA
    Some gaffer probably thought he was Sterling Moss and switched off the traction control.

    'Bond' car plunges into Italian lake

    ROME, Italy (AP) -- The car being used in the latest James Bond film plunged into a lake in northern Italy while being driven to the set.

    Producers say the driver of the Aston Martin was taken to a hospital with minor injuries.

    They say James Bond's iconic car was being delivered to the filming unit in heavy rain on Saturday morning when it went off the road and plunged into Lake Garda.

    Italian state TV has shown footage of the smashed, black car being hoisted out of the water.

    "Quantum of Solace" is the newest film in the 007 series. It stars Daniel Craig and is due for release later this year.

  2. Scarecrow28

    Scarecrow28 Writing Fanatic

    Nov 20, 2007
    Unites States
    Ooh, that can't be good! Those things cost several hundred thousand a pop!

  3. wbw2

    wbw2 Train-man

    Apr 13, 2008
    martinsburg, wv
    wow, that is a recurring nightmare of mine, going off the road into a lake, I bet that was one scary ride.
  4. Good work MI6! Oh you mean this isn't the scene with the car going into submarine mode......Oh $#it
  5. Tennessee Slim

    Tennessee Slim Señor Member CLM

    Apr 14, 2004
    Mucus City, USA
    At least Roger Moore's Lotus Esprit managed to surface ...all on its own. ;)
  6. filthy infidel

    filthy infidel 100% Infidel

    Apr 24, 2007
    North Carolina
    I used to wrench at a local Mercedes Benz dealer.
    We FREQUENTLY got SL 55's, C55's, etc that were wrecked by the owner who stated "It went wide in the corner" or "It slipped off of the road".

    The DAS (Diagnosis Assistance System [aka MB laptop]) ALWAYS confirmed prior switchoff of the ESP (MB's acceleration slip/stability control).

    Our cars could hang with the other fast cars from Stuttgart sold on the other block, and the ('posha')salespeople HATED us for tailing them on test drives.
  7. Tennessee Slim

    Tennessee Slim Señor Member CLM

    Apr 14, 2004
    Mucus City, USA
    Well, it got crazier. First, there was another car crash:

    April 25, 2008 -- Updated 1349 GMT (2149 HKT)
    Bond stuntmen stable after crash

    LONDON, England (CNN) -- Two stuntmen filming a scene for the new James Bond movie were recovering Friday after they were involved in an accident on the shores of Italy's Lake Garda, a spokeswoman for the production company said.


    Aris Comninos, 40, is in serious but stable condition after the accident Wedneday in an Alfa Romeo, said a spokeswoman for Eon Productions in London, who asked that her name not be used. Stuntman Bruno Verdirosi, whose age was not given, suffered minor injuries in the crash.

    Filming of the latest movie, Quantum of Solace, was suspended while the accident is investigated, Eon Productions said in a statement.

    The spokeswoman confirmed two other incidents in the past week on the shores of Lake Garda in northern Italy, but said numerous reports of a series of accidents and injuries on the set are incorrect.

    She said a "very, very, very minor" incident happened this week while filming the same sequence but no one was hurt. She said it did not involve the two stuntmen hurt in Wednesday's accident.

    Saturday, she said, an Aston Martin was involved in an accident while being delivered to a publicity shoot for the movie. Italian media showed pictures of a wrecked Aston Martin being fished out of Lake Garda on Saturday.

    The spokeswoman said the car was not being used in the movie and had been driven by an Aston Martin employee.

    "It wasn't on the filming set and none of our cast and crew witnessed or was involved in the accident," she said.

    Quantum of Solace is the 22nd James Bond film and the second one to star Daniel Craig. It is due for release worldwide in November.

    While not involved in filming Quantum of Solace, stuntman Jim Dowdall -- who trained Comninos -- acknowledged his line of work is increasingly dangerous.

    "Cinemagoers demand more and greater stunt action because CGI (computer-generated images) and computers have failed to give them the mix that the quality of doing it for real brings to people," Dowdall told CNN from Maidstone, England.

    "We are pushing the envelope further, but we have the advantage each time with more and more safety factors," he said. "But in the end, it's not a science."

    Dowdall said he and Comninos have both had to go through Britain's strictly regulated system for stuntmen which requires qualification in six of about 20 sports considered applicable for stuntwork, followed by a probationary period.

    Now this....
  8. Tennessee Slim

    Tennessee Slim Señor Member CLM

    Apr 14, 2004
    Mucus City, USA
    ...and now there's this:

    Curse of Bond strikes again as 'jinxed' film's technician is knifed
    Last updated at 01:00am on 4th May 2008

    The curse of 007 has struck again after a technician working on the latest Bond movie was stabbed with a steak knife in a domestic dispute.

    The 58-year-old man, who was working on Daniel Craig's second Bond film, Quantum Of Solace, was found lying unconscious in a pool of blood yesterday morning after a night out.

    Police said he had been attacked by a woman in the bedroom of her house in Dornbirn, Austria.

    He is believed to have wrestled the knife from her and staggered into the street.

    He is now said to be recovering in hospital, according to Bond sources.

    It is the third major mishap to befall the movie, prompting fears it may be jinxed.

    Engineer Fraser Dunn, 29, was lucky to survive after crashing a £134,000 Aston Martin DBS into Lake Garda in Italy two weeks ago.

    Six days later, stuntman Aris Comninos, 40, suffered serious head injuries after crashing while filming a chase scene.

    In the latest incident Austrian police said the unnamed British technician had met a 47-year-old Austrian woman in a bar in the town of Dornbirn, near where filming is taking place. He was invited back to her home when she attacked him.

    He was discovered at 6am yesterday and police gave him emergency first aid.

    His condition was "critical".

    A police spokesman said: "The woman appears to have attacked the man with a steak knife in the bedroom.

    "At some stage he had wrestled the knife free from the woman and used it to drive her off before staggering out the door and collapsing in the street.

    "He suffered deep cut wounds to the head and hands, and the first policeman to arrive thought he had died as his pulse was so weak and there was so much blood.

    "The woman was found first."

    A movie spokeswoman said: "I can confirm a technician was injured in a domestic dispute."
  9. Tennessee Slim

    Tennessee Slim Señor Member CLM

    Apr 14, 2004
    Mucus City, USA
    There also seems to be some dispute as to who was the wheel of the Aston Martin, and whether they confused the filming of the new 007 flick with a remake of All The Right Moves. Initial reports said a film crew stuntman was driving. Later statements from a studio spokesman said it was an Aston-Martin employee.