Honda (UK) has disclosed to the public its enviable role as a partner in the upcoming James Bond film, Skyfall. To celebrate the partnership, Honda (UK) unveiled the actual Honda motorcycles used in the latest 007 film at the National Motor Museum in Beaulieu. Starring in the 23rd instalment of the film are Honda’s CRF250R motorcycles, which were modified for the opening sequence of the film that was shot in Istanbul and Adana, Turkey earlier this year. For the shooting, Honda (UK) provided 20 CRF250R motorcycles, which were dressed as two native style motorbikes.
The first style was of a Turkish police bike that henchman Patrice, played by Ola Rapace, seizes after a policeman crashes. The second style was of a Turkish merchant's motorbike that James Bond, played by Daniel Craig, uses to run after Patrice through the streets. Both motorcycles underwent extensive modifications as done by Chris Corbould’s Special Effects team. The film also used two more CRF450R motorbikes as HD camera filming machines, since only a motorcycle could allow the camera crew to keep up with the chase scene and other stunts.
Gary Powell, stunt co-ordinator for Skyfall, remarked that they needed a highly versatile and quality off-road motorbike that could be easily modified, without compromising performance or safety, for the opening sequence of Skyfall. Powell commended the CRF450F bikes, saying that despite being heavily modified, they were wonderful to work with.