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James Bond Stunt Team Plays with New Defenders in Film Rehearsals

The production team said that no major changes were needed to the new Defender to help it handle the stuntwork

Evan Williams By: Evan Williams February 20, 2020
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Look, we all know that most off-road ready crossovers will spend their whole lives on pavement. Even the hard-core models like the Jeep Wrangler, or the new Land Rover Defender. But that doesn’t mean that we don’t love it when automakers show us just what their cars are capable of with great big movie stunts. Like this new Defender ad that shows what the crossover could do while filming a chase scene for the latest James Bond film.

The ad is full of scenes of the stunt team rehearsing the chase, showing a squadron of Defenders doing what we all hope they’ll do. Soaring over jumps, crashing through fields, and coming ever so close to flipping over as they travel cross country, through water, and smashing into trees.

“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,” said stunt coordinator Lee Morrison.

10 of the new Defenders, which was revealed last September after years of rumours and months of teases, were used for the making of the film, and that includes the one with VIN 007. We’re hoping that’s not the one that you see at the end of the ad, because somebody is definitely going to want to spend far too much money to buy Defender 007, as-used in No Time to Die.

The production team said that no major changes were needed to the new Defender to help it handle the stuntwork, though they were fitted with a roll cage for safety. “We developed a new test standard for Defender, the most challenging we’ve ever had and unique to this vehicle. Physical strength and durability are measured by a number of different tests including a bridge jump test which gave us the confidence to deliver what the stunt team needed,” said Defender Vehicle Line Director Nick Collins.

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These Defenders are based on the 110 X model, and they were the first to roll off of the line in the new Slovakia plant. Land Rover says that No Time to Die will also feature a Range Rover Sport SVR, a Series III, and a Range Rover Classic. Fitting, since the previously-released trailer also shows Bond in a range of classic Astons including a DB5 and a 1970s V8 Vantage. No Time to Die hits cinemas in April and the new Defender should hit Canadian dealers shortly before then.

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