“007: Road to a Million” is a reality show spin-off from the James Bond franchise, produced by 72 Films and Tantor Films, and distributed internationally by Amazon Prime Video. Hosted by Brian Cox, the reality show features nine two-person teams competing in a race to win 1 million pounds each through a series of spy-themed challenges.
And Brazil has been the setting of some of these challenges. The series was filmed on locations in Rio de Janeiro and in remote parts of the Amazon. BPS was the production company hired to assist 72 Films and Tantor Films in producing the series in Brazil.
In Rio de Janeiro, the BPS team managed to close the famous Sugarloaf Cable Car for a shoot, which was done outside of business hours. This shoot also included a helicopter and two drones – all at the same time! BPS was able to obtain all the necessary permissions both to close the location and to have all three elements flying around the cable car at the same time.
In the state of Amazonas, filming took place in Manaus (the capital) and in more remote country towns such as Presidente Figueiredo, Velho Airão and Balbina. In addition, the BPS team gained access to the ATTO tower at the Observatório Torre Alta da Amazônia (Amazon High Tower Observatory). This is a super-technological scientific research tower located in the Amazon, with a height of 325 meters, making it the largest structure in Latin America. The site is far from any human presence, about 150 kilometers from Manaus.
The ATTO tower and the town of Velho Airão could only be reached by boat, so the team had to sleep on them, often in hammocks. To get to Velho Airão, they had to rent a larger hotel boat, with rooms and beds, because the river was too full.
One of the shots in Amazonas featured seaplanes flying over the Rio Negro. For this, we rented a larger seaplane, by which the characters arrived in Velho Airão, and two smaller ones that had no room for passengers.
The series “007: Road to a million” is available on Amazon Prime Video.