Reborn off-roader will join Aston Martin’s Valhalla supercar in No Time to Die in April, with filming car on display at the LA motor show
Felix Page Autocar writer
20 November 2019

Land Rover's new Defender has a starring role in the next James Bond film, and one of the models used in filming is on display at the LA motor show.

The rugged 4x4 is making its North American debut, and unlike its predecessor it will be available to order there through official channels. 

The latest instalment in the iconic secret agent series, No Time to Die, will be released in the UK on 3 April 2020, and will feature the reborn off-roader taking part in a traditional car chase sequence. 

The exact nature of the Defender’s role has yet to be confirmed, but Land Rover claims the production’s stunt team have driven it in “the most extreme off-road conditions, demonstrating its unstoppable nature”. 

A video clip released by the firm (below) shows a group of Defenders being driven at speed on challenging off-road terrain and jumping high into the air, with one clip showing the car seemingly rolling onto its side. 

The Defender selected for the film is the mid-sized 110 variant, which will arrive in UK dealerships ahead of the shorter 90 and longer 130. It has been specified in range-topping X trim, and equipped with options including 20in black alloy wheels and heavy-duty off-road tyres. 

Speculation that the Defender could appear in No Time to Die was fuelled by spy shots of the model on set in August, a month before it was officially unveiled at the Frankfurt motor show

The SUV will appear alongside Aston Martin’s upcoming Valhalla hypercar, which was confirmed as the hero car in June. The mid-engined hybrid is the latest in a long line of Aston models to feature in Bond films, following past appearances from the firm’s DB5, DBS, Vanquish, V8 Vantage and one-off DB10 models. 

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Land Rover has also confirmed that its Range Rover Sport SVR will appear in the new film, alongside a selection of historic models including the Series III and Range Rover Classic. 

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13 November 2019

I hate blatant product placement in movies. Audi were terrible for it years back.Rember the Mondeo in one Band movie?

This Defender will bomb, there's no large market for it - those who want a go anywhere vehicle will buy a reliable Japanese one, those who want a LR will buy a Defender instead of another LR product. 

13 November 2019
Paul Dalgarno wrote:

I hate blatant product placement in movies. Audi were terrible for it years back.Rember the Mondeo in one Band movie?

This Defender will bomb, there's no large market for it - those who want a go anywhere vehicle will buy a reliable Japanese one, those who want a LR will buy a Defender instead of another LR product. 

 

it will bomb as badly as BMWs Mini mark my words!

13 November 2019

by taking sales from all other LR products? 

You might want to rethink that.

13 November 2019

"Bint: oh James, those evil henchmen are going to kill us. Bond: Don't worry, they have made one mistake, they are using Land Rovers, if we outrun them for 5 miles they will probably break down and we can escape for a celebration shag"

 

Range Rover Sport "According to the latest Which? Car Reliability poll, it scored an 'appalling' one star out of five for dependability for vehicles less than three years old, positioning it at the bottom of the reliability standings for a second year running."

13 November 2019

Would have been a worse choice though

14 November 2019

:)

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