Smash Hit

Bentley Chemicals has developed and supplied special effects materials for the last four Bond films but the blockbuster Die Another Day proved to be record breaking business for the Company. Over eight tonnes of special polyurethanes and silicones were required to help create the spectacular ice palace sequence which featured a stunt which has now gone into the Guinness Book of Records.

The Company provided six and a half tonnes of “Smash”, a special polyurethane developed by Smooth-On, and over one and a half tonnes of flexible “rubber glass” silicone for the scenes in the ice palace and the special series of car chase stunts. The most spectacular sequence required James Bond’s Aston Martin to crash through the huge ice palace doors constructed out of 400 kilos of “Smash.” The high speed stunt has now been recognised as the biggest single use of breakaway glass.

“Our range of translucent and transparent silicones and polyurethanes were ideal for creating the spectacular ice effects and scenery,” said Chris Warren, sales and marketing director of Bentley Chemicals, “each new Bond film brings its own unique challenges. We are looking forward to the next.”

Picture: James Bond’s Aston Martin Vanquish crashing through the “Smash” ice doors of the Ice Palace in Die Another Day. [Copyright: “Die Another Day c 2002 Danjaq, LLC and United Artists Corporation. All rights reserved.”]

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