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James Bond races through Rome in new Spectre behind-the-scenes sequence

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Behind-the-scenes footage of the diesel duel between an Aston Martin driven by Daniel Craig’s James Bond and a Jaguar C-X75 piloted by Mr. Hinx (wrestler-turned-actor Dave Bautista) debuted online today at www.007.com as part of the Spectre video blog that also features interviews with director Sam Mendes and various stunt coordinators. Ignoring Italian traffic laws—as well as most reasonable boundaries of physics—the cars screech through Rome’s cobblestone streets in a whirlwind of turbo exhaust and burnt rubber.

Mendes calls the chase a “cat and mouse game through the night-time streets of Rome, at great speed, between two of the fastest cars in the world, neither of which you have ever seen before.”

Spectre’s curvilinear, intensely phallic Aston Martin DB 10 is, of course, a kind of steroidal update of the iconic silver Aston Martin DB 5 outfitted with an ejector seat employed to unforgettable effect in 1964’s Goldfinger. That version of the car served as both nostalgic throwback and cause for complaint in Skyfall, in which M (Judi Dench) kvetches, “It’s not very comfortable, is it?” as Bond whisks her away from impending death.

Comfort apparently isn’t part of the conversation in the new film.

“It’s one of those scenes that’s going to be very iconic,” Bautista says in the vlog. “It’s one of those things you only see in a James Bond film.”

In Spectre, a “cryptic” message sends 007 on a dangerous mission to peel back the onion on a sinister organization: the titular Spectre, a.k.a. Special Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion, a global syndicate for evil that has cropped up throughout Ian Fleming’s Bond novels and the film franchise’s 53-year run. The film arrives Nov. 6.

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