Off-roaders will be delighted that the restyled Land Rover Defender X is king of the chase in the new James Bond movie No Time To Die which is due to be released later this year.
Making his fifth outing as secret service agent 007, Daniel Craig puts the new Land Rover Defender X through its paces in an off-road chase sequence which demonstrates the vehicle’s high-end performance, rugged durability and go-any-place attitude. Mess with Mr Bond’s Defender X at your peril!
Land Rover Defender is ‘unstoppable’
EON Productions’ Bond stunt coordinator Lee Morrison said: “Designing and coordinating the action sequences for the Bond franchise requires a non-compromising mindset.
“We needed an unstoppable vehicle to help us battle against the elements, steep descents and river crossings so we chose the new Land Rover Defender X. I’m beyond impressed that the Defender is not only back but much, much better.”
Land Rover’s design team worked closely with Special Effects and Action Vehicles Supervisor Chris Corbould on the spec of the Defenders used, and occasionally abused, in the film.
Based on the Land Rover 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 plant in Slovakia.
No Time To Die showcases Defender’s capabilities
Richard Agnew, Global Communications Director for Land Rover, said: “No Time To Die is a brilliant way to showcase the new Land Rover 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.”
Jaguar Land-Rover has a long-standing partnership with Ian Fleming’s leading man and the Bond film franchise, which began in 1983 when a Range Rover Convertible appeared in Octopussy with seven times Bond Roger Moore.
Since then every Bond, from Sean Connery to Timothy Dalton has got behind the wheel of a Land Rover or Range Rover, when not cruising the strip with one of a bevy of Bond girls in his favorite Aston Martin, usually the DB5.
Alongside the Land Rover Defender, No Time To Die features a Range Rover Sport SVR, a Series III Landie and a Range Rover Classic.
Off-road the ‘X’ really starts to excel
You need to go off the beaten track to discover the Defender X’s true capabilities. It can climb a 45-degree angle and It’ll run through water up to a 900mm in depth. The Land Rover Defender’s electrical components can remain submerged in a metre of water for more than an hour without adverse effects.
With a stunner such as the Defender X you don’t need much of a storyline but, for the record, in No Time To Die, Bond has left active service and is enjoying the quiet life in Jamaica. His peace is short-lived when his old CIA ally Felix Leiter turns in need of help.
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Adrian Flux can offer flexible and competitive quotes for most circumstances, sourcing the best available scheme from among the many offered by a panel of more than 40 insurers. They have even provided an insurance quote for 007 himself.