Donald Trump wants to build a wall on the border between Mexico and the United States. That’s a big project, since the border between the U.S. and Mexico is 1,989 miles with more than 600 miles already fenced.
In SPECTRE BLACK, I needed to have a big scene set on the border. I spent a lot of time researching three towns/cities on the border between Mexico and New Mexico, and the nature of the fences and barriers there. Like Goldilocks and the Three Bears, I needed the one that was just right. I found it in Columbus, New Mexico.
For my story, I had to learn how to breach the border fence so that semi trucks containing contraband could drive through.
Fortunately, I have a guy.
My guy told me exactly how to do it. It included a blowtorch, precise timing, teamwork, and know-how.
I was able to breach the fence in Spectre Black in the course of three minutes, thanks to the crew and some precision tools (virtually, of course). I populated the scene with two guys who knew what they were doing, someone to drive the semi trucks through the border fence, and a precise way to return the fence back to its original position—
So that no one would be the wiser.
I don’t ask how my guy knows these things. But I am so glad.
I am so glad that I have a guy.