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James Bond hasn’t graced the silver screen in a while but details for the upcoming movie, Skyfall, are trickling out.
Naomi Harris’s character, Eve will drive the Defender. “We are really going to test that car, do things it’s not normally designed for… the Defender is going to work very, very hard,” said Andrew Noakes. That’s saying something considering the Defender is meant to be a take-all-comers SUV.
This won’t be the first time the Defender model has made an appearance in a 007 film. Back in The Living Daylights, the rugged SUV drove off the Rock of Gibraltar.
Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) is apparently supplying almost 70 vehicles to the production company for the film, including the XJ model which is also expected to be featured in the movie. We’re just glad Bond will be firmly seated in British autos. After all, putting the world’s most famous English spy in anything else would be like asking Boe and Luke Duke to drive a Toyota pickup.
[Source: Motor Authority]
Good day, Mr. Bond, your old Aston Martin DB5 is here. The British touring car that made cinematic history almost 50 years ago makes a return in Skyfall, the latest film in the James Bond 007 franchise.
Caught on the set during a chase sequence, the classic DB5 adorns the original number plate, BMT 216A, as seen in Goldfinger, where the Aston made its first appearance. Since then, the years have been kind to the quintessential Bond car as its handsome good looks made repeated appearances in Thunderball, Golden Eye, Tomorrow Never Dies, and Casino Royale.
While the length of screen time given to the Aston is unclear, it’s hard to deny that this cinematic icon can heavily contribute to a Bond film’s success. Other vehicles spotted on the set include the Jaguar XJ-L luxury sedan a Land Rover Evoque SUV, and a Land Rover Range Rover camera car.
Check out amateur footage of the James Bond’s ‘Skyfall’ set after the jump.
Sean Connery embodied cool as James Bond, driving around in an Aston Martin DB5. You can build yourself a little piece of iconic film history– you’ll feel just like Q after you make a 1:8 replica of the classic spy car used in Goldfinger.
EON Productions and Aston Martin have partnered with GE Fabbri Ltd to offer a special series of part-work magazine and car parts that will be delivered to the subscribers over 85 weeks so you can rebuild a complete model of the car.
No detail has been overlooked – in fact, actual blue prints of the DB5 model were used to recreate every part, right down to the tiny screws. These parts will be delivered with an issue of a special edition part-work magazine by GE Fabbri spanning 85 weeks. While you’re waiting for the next issue to arrive, you can read the current magazine for detailed accounts and pictorials about the making of the movie. And to make sure you don’t miss a single issue, GE Fabbri has created new logistical networks and systems so that you’ll always be guaranteed safe and timely delivery of these limited edition magazines.
Take a look at the video of the model DB5 after the jump. It’s a pretty cool collector’s item that will keep the James Bond fanatic in your life busy for the next year or so. You can order the Aston Martin BB5 replica model online.
[Source: Born Rich]
Next year, the UK’s National Motor Museum will stage the largest exhibition of James Bond cars ever displayed. The exhibition will run at the museum through 2012 and will include some of the most famous vehicles from the movies, to celebrate fifty years of the film franchise. Some of the heavy hitters will include the 2002 Jaguar XKR with SFX weapons from Die Another Day, the 1964 Aston Martin DB5 from Goldeneye and the 1937 Rolls Royce Phantom III from Goldfinger. In total, fifty James Bond vehicles will be present at the museum.
2012 also marks the 40th anniversary of the National Motor Museum, so it works out well that in this special year, both the franchise and the museum can celebrate monumental anniversaries.
GALLERY: James Bond Cars
The wedding of the year may be over, but you can still drive around like a royal. It’s not the actual car that William and Kate rode around in after they were married, but you can buy the next best thing. Two Aston Martin DB6 convertibles similar to the one owned by Prince Charles will be hitting the auction block.
Set to take place on May 21 at Aston Martin’s factory at Newport Pagnell, U.K., each of the DB6′s will set you back about £250,000 (US$411,000). If you’re really hankering for one, be warned: you’re up against some tough competition. “At least two billionaires have been buying Aston Martins aggressively over the last three or four years,” said Dietrich Hatlapa, founder of Historic Automobile Group International (HAGI), a London-based research company. “The royal wedding confirmed the car as a British institution, though it’s difficult to quantify what effect that will have.”
Also on the auction block with be a few Bond mementos. You can buy a replica of the DBS that George Lazenby drove in the 1969 film, “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service”(a steal at £70,000). There’s also a V8 Volante convertible that Timothy Dalton drove in 1987’s “The Living Daylights” (estimated to go for £100,000).
Right out of a James Bond movie, you can look just as cool when you open or close your Mercedes-Benz with help from a stylish timepiece.
The brainchild of French designer Fabien Cacheux (the same designer who brought us the Bugatti Galibier GT concept watch ), the Silver Arrow concept watch is his latest creation, which draws its inspiration from the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG.
The Silver Arrow is a stunning and timeless work of wearable art that incorporates a whirl, a power reserve, and a tachometer needle’s three star-shaped reflecting the emblem of the brand. Its case is mounted on a machined titanium neoprene bracelet that opens and closes just like the butterfly doors of the Mercedes’ AMG SLS.
But the coolest feature on this watch has to be its Open/Close buttons that surround the ring, which allow you to lock and unlock the car remotely, much like the Aston Martin AMVOX2 DBS Transponder watch. It looks so good, even Bond would approve.
The last Aston Martin DB5 used in the original James Bond movies will go up for auction at an auction being held in London at the end of October.
The iconic silver sports car comes with all of the usual gadgets, including machine guns, rotating license plates, an oil slick, ejector seat and bulletproof shield. The car was purchased from the Aston Martin factory by Jerry Lee, an American broadcaster. Lee paid $12,000 for the car, a hefty sum in those days, and the vehicle has remained in his collection for 40 years.
RM Auctions, the firm selling the vehicle, expects the Aston to go for roughly $5,000,000, with all proceeds going to the Jerry Lee Foundation, a charity designed to help combat crime and social problems brought on by poverty.
[Source: Auto Express]
Thieves in London, England tried make off with the wheels from a $266,000 Aston Martin DBS, but appear to have given up after taking 3 of the 4 wheels.
The dim-witted criminals left the car with bricks under the rocker panels, and a jack wedged under the rear quarter panel, both of which mangled the delicate aluminum bodywork. Total damage is estimated at an eye-watering $43,000, with the wheels costing $6,500 alone. The DBS is famous for its role in James Bond movies, like Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace.
[Source: The Daily Mail]
A couple decades after the fall of Communism, Russian firm Dartz is set to make the most conspicuous, ostentatious and absurd vehicle to ever hit the road. The Dartz Prombron Car With The Golden Wheels (yes, that is the name of the car) really does feature gold wheels (as in, gold plated, not gold colored) with 50 caliber bullets used as the design for the wheel spokes. It also comes with a gold window tint applied at a former Soviet space-equipment factory. The seats are a lowly vinyl, but they are the same snakeskin pattern used by former Russian President Boris Yeltsin in his executive jet. And as a homage to James Bond, the car will come with a solid gold Mauser handgun with solid gold ammunition.
No official specs or pricing has been released, but you can bet it will be expensive. The Dartz Promborn presents a pretty good case for central planning and state control of natural resources. Even the most ardently hedonist would be hard-pressed to justify such profligacy.