New Land Rover Defender appears on the set of new 007 film ‘No Time to Die’

Behind-the-scenes look at the new Land Rover Defender’s role in the forthcoming James Bond film, No Time to Die

Land Rover has released a series of images which offer a behind-the-scenes look at the new Defender on the set of the upcoming James Bond film, No Time to Die. Due to reach UK cinemas on Tuesday 2nd April 2020, it will be the first film to feature the British brand’s recently relaunched off-roader.

Judging by Land Rover’s latest images and video, the new Defender is being pushed to its limits by the film’s stunt crew. The pictures show a blacked-out stunt vehicle jumping and powersliding through a muddy field, while the short clip briefly shows a heavily damaged Defender rolling over its roof.

Land Rover Defender configurator creations

With the exception of a roll cage, new bucket seats, racing harnesses and a set of knobbly off-road tyres, the No Time to Die Defenders are mechanically identical to the commercially available models. Styling-wise, they’re based on Land Rover’s Defender X trim, which features 20-inch alloy wheels, darkened skid plates and Santorini Black paint.

The No Time to Die stunt cars were the first Defenders to be built at Jaguar Land Rover’s new production facility in Nitra, Slovakia. While the new Defender was notably absent from the first trailer, other Land Rover products featured - including a barrel-rolling Range Rover Sport SVR, a classic Series III Land Rover and an original 1970 Range Rover.

Lee Morrison, James Bond stunt coordinator, said: “Designing and coordinating the action sequences for the Bond franchise requires a non-compromising mindset. We needed an unstoppable vehicle to help us battle against the elements, steep descents and river crossings – so we chose the new Defender. I’m beyond impressed that the Defender is not only back but much, much better.”

Following standard convention, the next Bond film will also feature a trio of Aston Martins. The British brand’s CEO, Dr. Andy Palmer, revealed in June that the Aston Martin Valhalla hypercar will appear as Bond's primary mode of transport.

It will be joined by both an Aston Martin DB5 and V8 Vantage, marking the first time the latter car has starred in the James Bond franchise since its appearance in the 1987 film, The Living Daylights.

Read the full story on the new Land Rover Defender here... 

Recommended

Large Premium SUV of the Year 2022: Land Rover Defender
Land Rover Defender - New Car Awards 2022
Awards

Large Premium SUV of the Year 2022: Land Rover Defender

The Land Rover Defender is the 2022 Auto Express Large Premium SUV of the Year, with the BMW X5 and Porsche Cayenne commended
5 Jul 2022
Land Rover Defender p400e PHEV: long-term test review
Land Rover p400e long term test: Steve Fowler and Jason Holt standing with a classic and new Land Rover Defender
Long-term tests

Land Rover Defender p400e PHEV: long-term test review

First report: Latest plug-in hybrid version of motoring icon joins our fleet
5 Jul 2022
Electrogenic unveils all-electric conversion kit for Land Rover Defender
Electrogenic Land Rover Defender - charging
News

Electrogenic unveils all-electric conversion kit for Land Rover Defender

The £24,000 kit will pay for itself versus a standard diesel Land Rover Defender, says Electrogenic
21 Jun 2022
“New Defender is Land Rover’s goose that laid the golden egg”
Opinion - Land Rover Defender
Land Rover Defender

“New Defender is Land Rover’s goose that laid the golden egg”

Editor-in-chief Steve Fowler thinks the new Land Rover Defender is an impressive example of British engineering
1 Jun 2022

Most Popular

Range Rover vs Bentley Bentayga: 2022 twin test review
Range Rover vs Bentley Bentayga - both cars front tracking
Car group tests

Range Rover vs Bentley Bentayga: 2022 twin test review

All-new Range Rover takes on Bentley Bentayga in luxury SUV face-off
2 Jul 2022
How to find the cheapest petrol and diesel near you
Diesel pump
Tips & advice

How to find the cheapest petrol and diesel near you

Cheap fuel is hard to come by in the UK at the moment but there are ways that you can minimise what you pay for petrol and diesel
1 Jul 2022
All-electric MG 4 to launch in September
MG4 - front static
News

All-electric MG 4 to launch in September

MG says the new MG 4 will be the first in a series of models using MSP architecture
4 Jul 2022