Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Jaguar Land Rover Joins Cast of Upcoming James Bond Movie Spectre

Photo Credit: Jaguar Land Rover

Almost three years after the release of the movie "Skyfall", the world's most famous secret agent known as 007 is readying for his 24th installment on the big screen. Set to premiere worldwide on November 6th of this year, the latest adventure called "Spectre" has James Bond once again portrayed by Daniel Craig. Another familiar sight in the newest movie adapted from the novels of Ian Fleming is stylish cars. An Aston Martin DB10 was unveiled late in 2014 as the hero's new vehicle (a vehicle celebrating Aston Martin and the James Bond franchise's 50 years of on-screen collaboration dating back to "Goldfinger"). Another set of British-spawned brands will also be prominently featured in Spectre. Continuing a younger partnership than the one enjoyed with Aston Martin, Albert R. Broccoli's EON Productions, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, and Sony Pictures Entertainment has provided vehicles from Jaguar Land Rover with some upcoming film credits.

Part of scenes filmed in Austria, sport utility vehicles from Range Rover and Land Rover are set for a potential all-terrain appearance. Riding on 37-inch diameter off-road tires, a set of Land Rover Defender Big Foots were prepared by the Special Operations division of Jaguar Land Rover. Also featuring custom suspension and enhanced body protection, it's unclear how many Defender Big Foots will be playing a part in Spectre. For the Land Rover Defender (a sport utility vehicle that continues to use the technologies and philosophies when Land Rover was purely a working class brand), this James Bond movie is likely to be an end of an era for the classic rough and tumble vehicle. Defender production is set to cease later in 2015.

With a more street-oriented utility quality, a Range Rover Sport SVR has also been furnished in the latest James Bond movie. Premiering last August, the 542-horsepower Range Rover Sport SVR is capable of accelerating from 0 to 60 miles per hour in just 4.5 seconds. The high-performance Range Rover Sport SVR also possesses a top speed of 162 miles per hour. The Land Rover and Range Rover brands will not be making their first appearance in the 007 movie franchise. Range Rover was first featured in a James Bond movie in 1983 during the opening scene for "Octopussy" while a Land Rover Defender was present in the opening for Skyfall.

Threatening to upstage the Aston Martin DB10, Jaguar has brought their C-X75 concept supercar to life on-screen. A striking gasoline/electric turbine powered concept first shown at the Paris Motor Show in 2010, the Jaguar C-X75 was constructed in cooperation with Williams Advanced Engineering. At one point slated to be a limited production exotic car, plans on selling customer versions of the Jaguar C-X75 were ultimately canned. Thanks to the magic of movie-making the Jaguar C-X75 will be involved in a car chase through Rome, Italy. The scene is mentioned to another chapter in the rivalry between Jaguar and Aston Martin. This battle between British sports car marques is best illustrated in duels in historic sports car races. In 007's 2002 firm "Die Another Day", Bond and his Aston Martin Vanquish was challenged by a weaponized Jaguar XKR. The latest competition for screen attention by the two makes will involve the C-X75 alongside the DB10.

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