The New Land Rover Defender Wades Into The Deep End For the Upcoming Bond Film, No Time To Die
The next instalment in the James Bond film franchise is due to hit the big screen in April 2020 and, as is usually the case, the secret agent with a license to kill will be driving in, and chased by, a whole host of exciting four-wheeled machinery.
The new Land Rover Defender will be one of them, making its on-screen debut in ‘No Time To Die’. Its extreme off-roading credentials have been put to the test by the film’s stunt co-ordinator Lee Morrison and stunt driver Jess Hawkins.
Special Effects and Action Vehicles Supervisor Chris Corbould worked with Land Rover on the exact specification of the Santorini Black Defender 110s for the film and they look suitably sinister as they tackle unforgiving terrain in a series of action sequences.
The cars used were production-spec Defender X models with darkened skid pans, 20-inch dark finish wheels and off-road tires. They were the very first Defenders to be built at Jaguar Land Rover’s new production facility in Nitra, Slovakia and knowing the success of the franchise we wouldn’t be surprised if a ‘Bond Edition’ Defender were to make an appearance in the near future.
Richard Agnew, Global Communications Director for Land Rover, said: “No Time To Die is a brilliant way to showcase the New Defender’s capabilities in the latest jaw-dropping James Bond car chase. It’s been hugely exciting to continue our relationship with EON Productions and work with their teams to deliver a spectacular sequence.”
The marque has had a long association with EON Productions, which started with a Range Rover Convertible that appeared in the 1983 film Octopussy. The upcoming movie will once again showcase Land Rover’s finest offerings, so the Range Rover Sport SVR, Series III Land Rover and Range Rover Classic will also be making an appearance.
Images courtesy of Land Rover