LEE TAMAHORI

DI­RECTED DIE AN­OTHER DAY

Empire (UK) - - THE DIRECTORS -

WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST DAY DI­RECT­ING BOND LIKE?

Nerve-wrack­ing. You get no sleep the night be­fore, be­cause you’re con­cerned you’re gonna screw it up. You don’t wanna be the per­son that screws the fran­chise.

WHAT WAS YOUR FAVOURITE LO­CA­TION?

The one I didn’t get to shoot. I went to Ice­land and chose the lo­ca­tion for the sec­ond unit to shoot the car chase on the ice. It was a spec­tac­u­lar lo­ca­tion: a la­goon which had a small mouth, so the ice­bergs can’t get out to sea. They bob around there all year, then they so­lid­ify and in win­ter they turn into gi­ant mesas.

WHAT WAS THE TOUGH­EST STUNT TO PULL OFF?

That car chase. It had never been done be­fore, rac­ing cars on that ice. The driv­ers had to have full dry-suits on in case they went into the ice, so they could main­tain body tem­per­a­ture un­til res­cue came to them.

WHAT WAS THE MOST RIDICU­LOUS MO­MENT ON SET?

When Bond is be­ing chased by Zao [Rick Yune] out on the ice, Zao fires a mis­sile and the car flips over and slides along up­side down un­til Bond hits the ejec­tor seat, flip­ping it back up onto its wheels. To­tally ab­surd sit­u­a­tion. Pierce was up­side down, his head near this fast, ro­tat­ing de­vice, and I just cracked up with laugh­ter. Pierce said, “What the fuck are you laugh­ing at?” I said, “It’s just too much for me, Pierce.”

WHAT WAS YOUR HAIRIEST DAY?

Strangely enough, shoot­ing Halle [Berry] com­ing out of the wa­ter in a bikini. We shot it in Cádiz, Spain, dou­bling for Cuba. It was bloody win­ter, with an icy wind sweep­ing across the beach. She’s in sub-zero tem­per­a­tures com­ing out of this icy sea, but she makes it look like it’s warm, Cuban wa­ters.

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