The British automaker recently announced the debut of the limited-run Land Rover Defender V8 Bond Edition.
With their newest product launch, the folks at Land Rover are reminding 007 fans that there are standout vehicles in James Bond movies other than Aston Martins.
The British automaker recently announced the debut of the limited-run Land Rover Defender V8 Bond Edition to coincide with the release of the 25th official Bond movie, No Time To Die.
Land Rover Defender Bond Edition Features
Land Rover will build only 300 copies of the all-black Bond Edition for the U.S. Based on the 110 body style; the vehicle will feature unique rear badging, a 007 puddle lamp, and an exclusive touchscreen animation. Under the hood, this $115,000 Land Rover is powered by a supercharged 5.0-liter V8 making 518 horsepower which promises a 0-60 mph time of 5.1 seconds.
“The Land Rover Defender V8 Bond Edition is an exclusive take on the most powerful production Defender ever made, inspired by vehicles on screen in No Time To Die. It represents a meeting of two great British brands and is a unique celebration of Land Rover’s 38-year association with James Bond,” remarks Land Rover brand director Finbar McFall.
Land Rover History In Bond Movies
While Aston Martins and the occasional Lotus Esprit have garnered much of the automotive attention in Bond movies, Land Rovers have appeared in earlier productions beginning with 1983’s Octopussy with Roger Moore as the lead. In The Living Daylights with Timothy Dalton, a Land Rover Series III is depicted exploding moments after driving off a cliff. In addition, previous-generation Defenders are shown getting the rough treatment in the last Bond flick, Spectre. Wanting to eke out every bit of product placement, the automaker shares that a Range Rover Classic and Land Rover Series III will also appear in No Time To Die.
Does James Bond Drive The Defender Bond Edition?
While the previews show several Defenders going through the usual Bond movie trials (meaning getting destroyed), we don’t yet know if Daniel Craig’s character gets behind the wheel of any Land Rovers. No Time To Die, which releases at the end of the month in the UK and on October 8 in the U.S., marks Craig’s fifth and final portrayal of the legendary James Bond icon.
The movie depicts a retired Bond returning for one last mission to help his CIA comrade Felix Leiter rescue a kidnapped scientist from the clutches of the requisite mega-villain.
Source: Land Rover
Since Bond was British it makes sense that his favorite car was the king of sports luxury tourers of the time, the Aston Martin.
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