New Land Rover – does all its own stunts
Land Rover’s television commercial for the new Defender demonstrates its capability on tough terrain. The commercial features an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at what to expect from the new Defender in the new James Bond move ‘No Time To Die.’
The rehearsal footage included in the advert shows the new Defender launching into the air. The Defender is put to further extreme tests as the vehicle is driven at top speeds through swamps and rivers.
The chase sequence in the ‘No Time To Die’ was led by stunt coordinator, Lee Morrison working alongside Oscar winner and special effects, action vehicles supervisor Chris Corbould.
Lee Morrison states: “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 which you can look forward to seeing in ‘No Time To Die.’”
Nick Collins, Land Rover Defender vehicle line director says: “We developed a new test standard for Defender, the most challenging we’ve ever had and unique to this vehicle. Physical strength and durability is measured by a number of different tests including a bridge jump test which gave us confidence to deliver what the stunt team needed to create for ‘No Time To Die,’ with no modifications to the body structure except the installation of a roll cage.”
Putting these vehicles through their paces was the inspirational Jessica Hawkins, who Morrison handpicked from the Formula 3 W Series after spotting her potential and he wasted no time in giving her the opportunity to feature in ‘No Time To Die,’ her first ever motion picture. Jessica commented: “It doesn’t get any more exhilarating than being a stunt driver in a James Bond movie and it’s an honour to be a part of this incredible movie driving the new Defender.”
Land Rover’s design team has worked closely with special effects and action vehicles supervisor, Chris Corbould, on the specification of the Defenders used in the film. The Defender vehicles featured in ‘No Time To Die’ were the first cars off the production line at Land Rover’s Nitra factory in Slovakia. They are based on the Defender 110 X model in Santorini Black, with darkened skid pans, 20 inch dark finish wheels and professional off-road tyres.
Land Rover enjoys a long-standing partnership with EON Productions on the Bond films, which began in 1983 when a Range Rover Convertible appeared in another Bond film.
This year’s film features some of Land Rover’s most prestigious vehicles. Alongside the 10 Defenders, ‘No Time To Die’ also features the Range Rover Sport SVR, the Series III Land Rover and the Range Rover Classic. ‘No Time To Die’ is in cinemas globally from April, 2020.
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