British Asia Network - Shahzad Sheikh
London 13 November 2019 - The all-new Land Rover Defender will feature in the next James Bond movie, No Time To Die. And Land Rover has revealed some behind-the-scenes pictures and video footage.
Continuing its long-running partnership with EON Productions which makes the Bond movies, stunt co-ordinator Lee Morrison has been putting the new Defender through its paces.
"Designing and co-ordinating the action sequences for the Bond franchise requires a non-compromising mindset," he said.
"We needed an unstoppable vehicle to help us battle against the elements, steep descents and river crossings so we chose the new Defender. I'm beyond impressed that the Defender is not only back but much, much better!"
New Defender, which also just had its Middle East debut at the Dubai Motor Show, has 291mm of ground clearance with a 110 degree approach angle and departure angles of up to 40 degrees in off-road height setting. It can wade up to 900mm through water.
Land Rover’s design team worked closely with Special Effects and Action Vehicles Supervisor Chris Corbould on the specification of the Defenders in the film. Based on the Defender X model in Santorini Black, with darkened skid pans, 20in dark finish wheels and professional off-road tyres, they were the first Defenders to be built at Jaguar Land Rover’s new production facility in Nitra, Slovakia.
As mentioned Land Rover has a long-standing partnership with EON Productions on the Bond films, which began in 1983 when a Range Rover Convertible appeared in Octopussy.
Alongside the Defenders, No Time To Die also features the Range Rover Sport SVR, Series III Land Rover and Range Rover Classic.
No Time To Die, is directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga and stars Daniel Craig, who returns for his fifth film as Ian Fleming’s James Bond 007. The film will be released globally in cinemas from April 2 2020 in the U.K