Diamonds are forever
copyright Mike Alameda, Wolfgang Kohrn 2001-2010

picture courtesy EON productions/MGM

picture courtesy EON productions/MGM

picture courtesy EON productions/MGM
On the 5th. of April the first scenes of the movie were filmed outside of Las Vegas in the desert, where Mr. Kidd and Mr. Wint have that famous scorpion scene. One week later Sean and the Mustang appeared in the first scenes in Las Vegas downtown. The roads of Las Vegas were closed for 5 nights to do the street shots and the crash scenes on the parking lot. Golden Nugget, Pioneer, Fremont - famous hotel and casino names were chosen as the background at downtown Las Vegas strip.
The Mach 1 enters the backlot for the alley stunt from the Golden Nugget street side.

The Alley stunt was actually filmed in the Universal Studios in May at Los Angeles.

But Cubby Broccoli needed the car to exit the alley back into Las Vegas, so scenes were again taken in Las Vegas. The american stunt team could not do the scenes, so a french stunt team was called in, that failed. The stunt had to be filmed another time - again. Apparently for the initial stunt filming there were some errors in the shooting , as the car exits on its right 2 wheels as well versa the Golden Nugget casino.
Later it was corrected and it exits on its left 2 wheels versa the Pioneer hotel. Still it is not quite corresponding to the real locations.

Next page: The Alley Stunt car
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