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Jaguar, Land Rover and Aston Martin all pay leading roles in the new James Bond movie Spectre. Now you can drive like 007 as one DB10 heads to auction. Steve Shaw reports.
With the 24th James Bond adventure Spectre now showing on global cinema screens, audiences are once again being treated to a showcase of some of the world’s most exotic sports cars in typical 007 fashion.
Among the luxury brands featured in the latest blockbuster are Jaguar, Land Rover and of course the iconic Aston Martin.
The Aston Martin DB10, driven by Daniel Craig’s James Bond, took centre stage on the red carpet outside the Royal Albert Hall for the film’s world premiere. The sports car is the first Aston Martin in half a century to be built exclusively for a Bond film and while 10 cars were created for the film, only three survived the shoot.
The company plans to sell one of the unique models in an auction in 2016 – however, details of where, when and for what charity are yet to be announced.
The DB10’s appearance in Spectre continues a more than 50-year partnership between the famous film franchise and the British carmaker, dating back to the use of the iconic DB5 in the 1964 film Goldfinger.
Aston Martin CEO, Dr Andy Palmer, said: “It was a pure delight to see the DB10 put to such spectacular use on the big screen.
“The ongoing love affair between Bond and Aston Martin has endured for more than half a century and I’m pleased to see the DB10 put through its paces in Spectre.”
In October, Jaguar and Land Rover also teamed up for a star-studded event at Thurn und Taxis in Frankfurt for the unveiling of their vehicles that appear in the film.
Actors Naomie Harris (Moneypenny) and David Bautista (Hinx) were guests of honour at the event, which presented special stunt vehicles, including the Jaguar C-X75, Range Rover Sport SVR and the rugged Land Rover Defender.
The Jaguar C-X75, which Jaguar calls the most advanced car they’ve ever created, is used in one of the movie’s biggest high-speed chase scenes in Rome and was provided by Jaguar Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations (SVO).
The SVO division was created in 2014 to focus on the development of high performance versions of existing vehicles, luxury bespoke commissions and collector editions.
Actor David Bautista who drives the C-X75 on-screen said: “To have the opportunity to be a part of an iconic chase scene in a Bond movie and to drive the C-X75 supercar was like a dream come true for me. It truly is a beautiful beast of a car.”
Specially modified Land Rover Defenders and the Range Rover Sport SVR are also used in a major action set-piece shot in the snow-covered mountains of Austria.
Naomie Harris, who reprises the role of Moneypenny in the movie, said: “I made my Bond debut in the Defender, and I have so many fond memories shooting that sequence.”
Managing director of Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations, John Edwards, added: “For Jaguar Land Rover to once again be a part of the iconic vehicle line ups in one of the most celebrated film franchises in the world represents a proud moment for us.
“It’s an incredible opportunity to showcase production and concept cars alike and we look forward to continuing this relationship well into the future.”