THE Land Rover Defender 110 and Series III used in the upcoming Bond flick, No Time To Die, are now on display at Bond in Motion at the London Film Museum, with the 110 still wearing the damage from its chase sequence.
Footage of the 110 being punished off-road – performing an iconic Bond chase sequence – was released earlier this year, with stunt co-ordinator, Lee Morrison, calling it unstoppable.
“All the vehicles we used in the film performed brilliantly. We knew we wanted to achieve something off-road and the New Defender didn’t disappoint. We put the vehicles through the most extreme conditions in a chase sequence, and they were unstoppable,” he said.
Vehicles parked alongside the 110 and Series III in the exhibit include a pair of Aston Martins, a Triumph Scrambler 1200 XE and a Royal Alloy GT125 scooter.
Bond in Motion houses the largest official collection of James Bond vehicles in the world.
Stunt footage of Defender 110 on the set of new Bond film
IF YOU need another reason to get excited for the next movie in the James Bond franchise, this is it.
The all-new Land Rover Defender 110 will star alongside Daniel Craig in the 25th official James Bond film, with the 2020 Land Rover joining the stunt team to perform extreme off-road antics and to undertake the iconic car chase sequences the films are known for.
The behind-the-scenes footage of the new Defender was captured during filming of the new movie, with the 110 steered by stunt co-ordinator Lee Morrison and stunt driver Jess Hawkins.
“Designing and coordinating the action sequences for the Bond franchise requires a non-compromising mindset,” said Morrison. “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!”
The Defender’s 291mm of ground clearance; 38° approach, 28° breakover and 40° departure angles; 900mm of wading depth; and Terrain Response 2 system all worked in the vehicle’s favour when deciding on an appropriate vehicle for the extreme tasks at hand. The specific Defender used for filming is based on the Defender X and was given the black treatment: darkened skid pans, 20-inch dark-finish wheels, and a Santorini Black paintjob.
Bond and Land Rover aficionados will remember the relationship between the two brands dates back to the 1983 Bond film Octopussy, which famously features a Range Rover Convertible.
“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,” said Richard Agnew, Global Communications Director for Land Rover.
The Defender 110 will arrive in Australia in June 2020, with No Time to Die to be released in cinemas in April 2020.