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Casino Royale flips into record books

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Nov 08, 2006 at 11:15pm IST

London: The latest James Bond film Casino Royale has entered into the Guinness Book of World Records with stunt artists flipping the Aston Martin car a record seven times during a shoot for a crash.

Gary Powell, of the famous Powell family of stuntmen, and his team staged the dramatic crash to beat the previous record of six rolls performed by a Top Gear stuntman last year.

"We managed seven-and-three-quarter turns. And it was more difficult than it sounds because the Aston is built so well that it wouldn't turn over from a ramp. We had to put a nitrogen air cannon in the car to make it flip and the director Martin Campbell wanted the shot done in one take," Gary, 43, was quoted as saying by the Sun newspaper.

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The 21st Bond film Casino Royale, starring Daniel Craig as the 007 agent, will release worldwide November 17.

The Powell clan have performed stunts in all Bond films. Dinney Powell worked on the first flick Dr No with his brother Nosher, whose sons Greg and Gary then continued the family tradition.

Describing the smash, he said: "It is one of the most exciting scenes. Bond swerves to avoid a girl - and the car flips."

"The building site scene filmed there was a challenge. We had 30 to 40 people up in the girders. You have to be careful with that. But to see someone jump from 140 ft to 120 ft and down to 100 ft in one shot is amazing. It's the first time that's been done."

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