Shaken not Stirred …
The new James Bond Film Spectre due in cinemas on 6th November 2015 is set to star a Land Rover Defender Big Foot, a Range Rover Sport SVR and the concept Jaguar C-X75 hybrid.
In true Bond style the Special Operation division of Jaguar Land Rover will heavily modify the vehicles with the Defender Big Foot getting 37-inch diameter off-road tyres, bespoke suspension systems, superior body protection, Warn winch, snorkel and roof rack. The supercharged Range Rover V8 engine will be capable of 542hp and 501lb of torque.
This will be the 6th Bond film to feature vehicles from the Land Rover range, the association started back in 1983 when Octopussy featured the Range Rover Classic Convertible towing the Acrostar Jet in a horsebox. Followed by The Living Daylights in 1987 which saw the British Government driving the Range Rover Classic, a British SAS Series III exploding off the Gibraltar Rock and an armoured Series III used by Bond to escape a Hercules.
In 1997 the Range Rover P38A was used in Tomorrow Never Dies by the baddies to chase Bond through the street of Saigon, but the tables turned in 2006 for Casino Royale when 007 used the Range Rover Sport as a ram. The last Bond film Skyfall in 2012 again featured a Defender and a Range Rover L322 plus a Discovery 4 all to represent the British Police and Intelligence Services in their usual hot pursuit of the bad guys. With this rich historic union Spectre promises to be a film for the Diary just ‘don’t copy any of the stunts at home kids’.