The first Land Rover Defender has come a long way since its development in the 1980s when they were called the Land Rover Ninety and Land Rover One Ten; both of which were spawned by the from the original Land Rover Series launched at the Amsterdam Motor Show in April 1948.
Following news of the blockbusting movie No Time to Die being shown on April 2, 2020, in Germany and worldwide in cinemas, the latest Land Rover Defender is being dubbed as the safest and most capable mud-plugger ever produced by the British marque.
No Time to Die
In the latest James Bond sequel No Time to Die, the action scenes and chases were composed by stunt coordinator Lee Morrison and Oscar winner Chris Corbould, who is responsible for special effects and stunt vehicles.
Stunt coordinator Lee Morrison explains:
“We have exposed the Defender to more extreme conditions than we previously thought possible. All with the aim of creating maximum excitement for Bond fans. You can experience the unprecedented challenge of staging one of the spectacular chases that will be a real film highlight in No Time to Die. ”
The stunts and the tests were put through their paces by 25 years old professional English racing driver Jessica Hawkins, who is otherwise active in Formula 3 W. Having completed her first big-screen challenge in the movie she said: “There is nothing more exciting than being a stunt pilot in a James Bond. And it is an honour for me that I can drive the new Defender in this incredible film.”
Nick Collins, director of the Land Rover Defender vehicle line:
“We have developed completely new test standards for the Defender: unique tests that go beyond anything we have ever known. The physical strength and robustness of the new Defender are underpinned by a large number of tests – including a bridge jump test. This gave us the certainty that for no time to die we could provide the stunt team with what they needed for the new bond. The body structure of the Defender remained completely unchanged with the exception of an additional roll cage for the stunts. ”
Land Rover Defender
The LR design team worked in close synergy with Chris Corbould, the director of special effects and stunt vehicles, to develop the specifications for the Defender movie cars and subsequently chose the Defender 110 X in Santorini Black
For film use only, the high flying Defenders were given a dark underride guard and dark 20-inch wheels, on which special tyres for tough off-road use are mounted. The James Bond Defenders were the first models to come off the production line at Jaguar Land Rover’s production facility in Nitra, Slovakia.
Jaguar Land Rover has worked with the creators of the James Bond film hits at EON Productions for decades. In 1983 a Land Rover model celebrated its premiere on the big screen; a Range Rover convertible in the 007 favourite Octopussy. The latest 007 hit No Time to Die features ten new Defender models and the Land Rover Series III as well as a Range Rover Sport SVR and the Range Rover Classic.
Daniel Craig plays the lead role originally created by Ian Fleming as Agent 007 for the fifth time. Universal Pictures International and Metro Goldwyn Mayer and United Artists will release the film in cinemas worldwide in early April 2020; in Germany, the start is scheduled for April 2.
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