New Land Rover Defender flies into action in latest James Bond movie

by Autocar Pro News Desk , 17 Feb 2020

For all the fans of the world's least secret secret agent, and the cars and bikes he uses, there are just 45 days to go for the next 007 film, which is currently in the post-production stage, to hit the screens. The 25th James Bond film No Time To Die is to be released in April 2020, and it promises to offer more thrills on wheels than ever before.

Today, Land Rover released visuals of its television commercial for the new Defender, demonstrating its capability on tough terrain. The commercial features an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at what to expect from the new Defender in No Time To Die.

The rehearsal footage included in the advert shows the new Defender launching into the air.  The Defenders are put to further extreme tests as the vehicle is driven at top speeds through swamps and rivers. 

The chase sequence in the No Time To Die was led by stunt coordinator, Lee Morrison working alongside Oscar winner and special effects, action vehicles supervisor Chris Corbould.

According to Lee Morrison: “We pushed the Defender further than we believed possible to generate the maximum excitement, and to give fans an insight into the uncompromising challenge of producing an incredible chase sequence which you can look forward to seeing in No Time To Die.” 

Nick Collins, Land Rover Defender vehicle line director said: “We developed a new test standard for Defender, the most challenging we’ve ever had and unique to this vehicle. Physical strength and durability is measured by a number of different tests including a bridge jump test which gave us confidence to deliver what the stunt team needed to create for No Time To Die, with no modifications to the body structure except the installation of a roll cage.”

Putting these vehicles through their paces was the inspirational Jessica Hawkins, who Morrison handpicked from the Formula 3 W Series after spotting her potential and he wasted no time in giving her the opportunity to feature in No Time To Die, her first ever motion picture. Jessica commented: “It doesn’t get any more exhilarating than being a stunt driver in a James Bond movie and it’s an honour to be a part of this incredible movie driving the new Defender. ”

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