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Land Rover Defender to Star in Skyfall

Land Rover’s Defender has been chosen as one of the main vehicles of the new James Bond film Skyfall, released in cinemas later this year.

The venerable 4×4 will be used in a chase sequence, driven by Naomi Harris’s character, Eve. And the scene is shaping up to be one of the toughest in the Defender’s 64-year history, says Skyfall co-producer Andrew Noakes.

‘We are really going to test that car,’ says Noakes, ‘do things to it it’s not normally designed for. Some of the stuff is so hairy and dangerous, we have to use a stuntman in a pod on the roof to do the driving. We’ve had to crank up the suspension, and the Defender is going to work very, very hard.’

It’s not the first time the Defender has appeared in a Bond chase: the 4×4 ended up plummeting from the rock of Gibraltar in the 1987 film The Living Daylights.

 

Land Rover Scene from The Living Daylights: YouTube Preview Image

 

Jaguar-Land Rover is providing at least 70 vehicles for the the film. Some will be used as production support cars, others like the XJ and Evoque are set to appear on screen. James Bond himself is set to drive an Aston Martin once more, photographed earlier this month in Glencoe, but this time round it won’t be the DBS (last seen beaten up in Quantum of Solace) but instead the classic DB5 model, including the same reigistration plate as the car used in Goldfinger in 1964 (BMT216A ) as the franchise celebrates its 50th anniversary.

 

The Aston Martin DB5 to appear in Skyfall, including the registration plate seen in Goldfinger – BMT216A

 

Noakes says the production company, EON, is delighted with the support of Jaguar-Land Rover. ‘The films may be made with American money and producers, but James Bond is British and we try to make associations with British companies. Land Rover is one of the oldest and most well-known. We’ve had offers from other companies but we’d prefer not to take James Bond out of a British environment.’ It sounds like the BMWs of the Pierce Brosnan era won’t be making a comeback anytime soon.

 

 

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