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Spectre of claims could haunt latest Bond saga

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He may have a license to kill, but James Bond may need some sort of insurance license after his latest exploits.

By one accounting, claims arising from the damage done in the latest Bond film, “Spectre,” could have exceeded $500 million, if they’d really happened. While it cost a reported $275 million to make, the German Insurance Association said insurance claims from damages played out in the film would far exceed that.

From Mexico City to Rome, residential building damage could total €500 million ($538.7 million) according to experts at the association.

And then there’s the auto damage, some €32 million ($34.5 million) of it, as Aston Martins, Range Rovers and several Jaguar C-X75s are lost in Bond’s battle against his arch nemesis. Adding insult to injury, five Range Rovers destined for scenes in Austria really were stolen in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. GDV said insurers will cover that claim.