► Jags, Land Rovers in next Bond film
► C-X75 supercar concept confirmed
► Spectre also stars Land Rover Big Foots!
Jaguar Land Rover will supply an array of specialist vehicles to 2016’s new James Bond film Spectre - including the mothballed C-X75 hybrid supercar.
The turbine-engined sports car will appear in a chase scene around Rome, the producers said today. It will star alongside the Aston Martin DB10 hero car, suggesting that the baddies will be driving the Jaguar again (reprising a role from Die Another Day and those ice-driving XKs).
Bespoke Land Rovers to feature in next Bond film too
It’s not just Jaguar supercars - Special Ops have been busy toughening up some Land Rovers for use in Spectre too.
The Range Rover Sport SVR and Land Rover Defender ‘Big Foot’ models have also been filmed in Austria, the company revealed today.
It’s a fitting farewell to the Defender in its final year. Special Ops added enormous 37-inch diameter off-road tyres, tougher suspension and enhanced body protection, suggesting this Defender will be even more indestructible than the 110 Double Cab Pick-up Eve Moneypenny (aka ex-Stig Ben Collins) drove in Skyfall.
What do we know about Spectre so far?
Aston Martin has already been confirmed as the primary car provider for the 24th Bond film. James Bond shouldn’t really drive anything else should he? (We say, shuddering at the memory of him in a Ford Mondeo in Casino Royale and that BMW Z3…)
Filming of Spectre is well underway, under the direction of Sam Mendes. Albert R Broccoli’s EON Productions say that ‘a cryptic message from Bond's past sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organisation. While M battles political forces to keep the secret service alive, Bond peels back the layers of deceit to reveal the terrible truth behind Spectre.’
John Edwards, managing director of Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations, said: ‘This is an exciting partnership for Jaguar Land Rover and an opportunity to demonstrate the fantastic capabilities of the Special Operations team.’