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Prepare to bid for Land Rover Defender SVX Concept from 007 movie at RM Sotheby’s auction

Did you know that Spectre, the 24th movie instalment based on Ian Fleming’s novel, had ten Land Rover Defenders to use back in 2015? Well, that is because the producers asked Jaguar Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations to build ten heavily customized crew cab 110s especially for James Bond’s villains.

All ten vehicles were then taken to Bowler, Land Rover’s British racing partner for a wide range of upgrades including an uprated 180hp over the standard 120hp engine output. Included in the upgrades as well were Recaro racing bucket seats, harnesses, a full- roll cage, a new set of 37-inch tyres plus a warn winch with rope at the front. For complete control during an action-packed sequence, Bowler had also equipped the entire fleet with Bilstein rally shock absorbers.

But since some of the vehicles got ruined while filming the movie, only a few have remained intact to this day. One of them is the Land Rover Defender SVX Concept that was sold to a private client immediately after the minor footages have been completed. This particular vehicle had only been used for drive-by scenes and it was unscathed throughout the movie. The owner has now consigned the massive off-roader to RM Sotheby’s for the annual London event this coming September 6. The auction house will offer the vehicle to registered bidders. The bidding will run for approximately four to five hours.

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Aston Martin DB5 tops ‘Favorite Bond Car’ survey in the UK

The James Bond series is probably the longest running spy series that started way back in 1963 with the first movie Dr. No. There have been more than twenty instalments released since the first movie, each one possessing the same spy-induced excitement as the rest of the movies.

The thrill and excitement in every series attract the audience but it cannot be denied that the different types of vehicles driven by Agent 007 draws in the crowds too. The James Bond series is probably one of the movies that are popularly watched especially because of the variety of vehicles featured.

Even when most of the luxury cars featured in the movies would probably meet an unfortunate end (like fall off a cliff or explode in one of 007’s race against time adventures), people like the thrill of seeing an Aston Martin or a Ford Mustang sprint in full speed on a race against one of 007’s rivals.

Read the entire article Aston Martin DB5 tops ‘Favorite Bond Car’ survey in the UK

Very rare Aston Martin DB10 made for James Bond film auctioned off for £2,434,500

Christie’s has sold for a whopping £2,434,500 a rare Aston Martin DB10 that was created for the James Bond film Spectre. The Aston Martin DB10 celebrates the marque's 50 years of association with James Bond, starting from the DB5.

Aston Martin only produced 10 examples of the DB10 bespoke sports car – thereby providing a preview of the future design direction for the marque's next generation vehicles. Aston Martin – along with its designers, engineers and craftspeople at its Gaydon headquarters in the United Kingdom – specifically developed the DB10 for the latest Bond film Spectre.

Eight of the 10 examples were modified for the filming of the movie. Two of the models were reserved as exhibition cars; one of them was the model that was auctioned off.

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James Bond’s Aston Martin DB10 to be auctioned at Christie’s on Feb 18

The Aston Martin DB10 will be auctioned off at Christie’s this coming February 18th. The DB10 is the car that Aston Martin exclusively made for James Bond. The proceeds of the auction will be donated to the Médecins Sans Frontières. The event is dubbed as ‘Spectre – The Auction’ and while the prime item is the DB10, it will also include 24 other special auction lots.

The event will also commemorate the release of this 24th Bond film in three formats: DVD, Blu-ray, and Digital HD. This luxury British brand has been part of the Bond films for 50 years. While Aston Martin’s initial foray with these films was with the DB5, the DB10 provides a preview of where the brand’s next generation is headed in terms of design.

The DB10 was created for the film ‘Spectre’ at its headquarters in Gaydon. The model was not only developed but also hand-built by different teams that included designers, engineers, and even artisans. To ensure its exclusivity, only ten units were made for the DB10.

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For around half a century, Aston Martin has been James Bond’s choice of ride. And now, the latest of Aston Martin’s 007 vehicles is the star of its own documentary film dubbed “DB10: Built for Bond.” Displayed at the film’s premiere in the Great Court at Blenheim Palace on November 8, 2015 were current and classic Aston Martins.

DB10: Built for Bond is a specially commissioned one-hour documentary about the creation of the DB10, which is an Aston Martin car particularly made for James Bond in the latest installment of the franchise, Spectre. ‘DB10: Built for Bond’ was created by FIN London and was filmed over an 18-month period.

Moreover, more than 120 hours of material used in the film were captured in ultra-high definition 4K. This specially made film includes interviews with the Aston Martin team in charge of creating the DB10, which was built in just six months.

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The dialogue has always been part of the allure of any James Bond movie. More often than not, however, the dialogue involves sexual innuendo since seduction and charisma are part of the portfolio of skill sets that 007 cultivates.

It’s rare to find a James Bond movie that attempts to reach out directly to the audience and the real world. Yet, Spectre, the latest in the 007 films, executes a fine fourth-wall breaking scene when M, now played by Ralph Fiennes, tells the agents in the Double-0 program that they could be phased out in favor of wire-tapping, drones and other technological advancements.

007 himself will not agree that spies are ready to be obsolete, because nothing beats being there, face-to-face with the villain and being at the right place to remove the threat. It is this kind of personal conflict that defines Spectre and it is the source of tension between the characters.

Read the entire article Spectre pays homage to James Bond film, introduces fresh new take on long-running franchise

Driven by Formula One driver Felipe Massa (Williams Martini Racing), the Jaguar C-X75 supercar has arrived in Mexico City, Mexico, to celebrate the premiere of the 24th James Bond movie -- SPECTRE -- in the Americas as well as its participation in the Formula One Gran Premio de Mexico.

SPECTRE premiered in the city on November 2, 2015. The Jaguar C-X75 was involved in one of the unforgettable high-speed chases in the movie. It was driven by the antagonist Hinx, who is played by actor Dave Bautista.

This supercar is considered as the most advanced Jaguar to date. It was created by Jaguar Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) in partnership with development partner Williams Advanced Engineering.

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A number of Jaguar Land Rover models including the Jaguar C-X75, Range Rover Sport SVR and the Land Rover Defender -- will be stars in their own right as they are scheduled to appear in the latest installment of the James Bond film “Spectre.”

These special James Bond stunt vehicles were unveiled for the public to see at the palatial Thurn und Taxis in Frankfurt. Gracing the event were stars Naomie Harris who played Moneypenny and David Bautista who took on the role of Hinx.

British singer and musician John Newman entertained guests by performing a number of top 10 hits from his album. In one of the high-speed chase scenes in the film, Hinx is seen piloting a Jaguar C-X75 through the streets of Rome.

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Besides the impressive Aston Martin DB10, the new James Bond movie, SPECTRE, will also show some impressive vehicles from both Jaguar and Land Rover. According to the official press release, the new movie will include vehicles such as the Jaguar C-X75, Range Rover Sport SVR and Defender Big Foot, all of them provided by Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations.

The Jaguar C-X75 supercar will be featured in an impressive car chase sequence filmed through Rome alongside the Aston martin DB10, while the scenes including the Range Rover Sport SVR and Defender Big Foot will be filmed in Austria.

Land Rover said that the Defender Big Foot features huge 37-inch diameter off-road tires in order to tackle extreme terrain, as well as a bespoke suspension and enhanced body protection.

Read the entire article Jaguar C-X75, Range Rover Sport SVR and Defender Big Foot to appear in new James Bond movie, SPECTRE

The latest installment of the 007 series -- Spectre -- will once again feature an Aston Martin model. James Bond will be driving the new DB10, which Aston and EON Productions unveiled at the 007 stage at Pinewood Studios. Especially developed and built-in house for the film, the new DB10 is part of Aston’s celebration of 50 years with the 007 franchise.

Marek Reichman, Aston’s chief creative officer, collaborated with director Sam Mendes “to create the ultimate car for the world’s most famous spy.” Spectre will be shown on the big screen starting Nov. 6, 2015. Aston will produce just 10 units of the DB10 – all for the film at its Gaydon headquarters in Gaydon.

The DB10’s lines provide a glimpse of the next models that will be produced by the premium carmaker. On the other hand, German news outlet Wirtschafts Woche reported that nine cars built for the Spectre -- including five Range Rover Sport SUVs – were stolen from Dusseldorf, Germany, before they will be transported to the Alps for filming. Wirtschafts reported that the incident prompted for production of new cars for the shoot.

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We have Aston Martin Works to thank for the silver Aston Martin DB5 that was featured in the latest James Bond film, Skyfall. Aston Martin Works is famous throughout the world as the official heritage and service division of the marque. Aston Martin is the automaker that has long been linked with James Bond. This is the fifth James Bond movie that the DB5 has appeared in.

Over the years, many Aston Martin models have been seen in these iconic movies. The DBS was seen in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, the V8 Vantage Volante appeared in The Living Daylights, the Vanquish was used in Die Another Day while the DBS wowed audiences in Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace. Many of these vehicles were fitted with gadgets from the ejector seat in the DB5 to the tyres that could produce spikes and to the self-destruct feature installed on the V8 Vantage Volante.

Aston Martin Works prepared the DB5 for Skyfall. Aston Martin Works is an expert at giving owners what they want, whether it’s the DB2 or the One-77 supercar. It was tasked to ‘clone’ the DB5 owned by EON Productions (the makers of the Bond movies) to have a second car for filming. The project began with finding a suitable car, assisted by Aston Martin Works.

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If you’re observant enough, you’ll notice that the cars seen in Skyfall include a Land Rover, Audi, Jaguar, Kia, Volkswagen, and a vintage Aston Martin. Daniel Craig starred in the latest James Bond movie, which generated $87.8 million in its opening weekend in the U.S. The movie provided plenty of exposure for these featured brands. Before the movie was shown, there was a buzz that the new Aston Martin Vanquish will be featured in the movie. Instead, we saw the Aston Martin DB5, a classic Bond series favourite. Forbes said that Aston Martins were in 11 of the 23 Bond films. The DB5 is powered by a 282-hp Straight-6 engine and can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 7.1 seconds.

This car was in production from 1953 to 1966 and had a price tag of slightly higher than $6,000 upon its debut. Craig told British TV show "Top Gear" that he just “loves” the DB5. He went on to say that the car “felt right” since the movie is about Bond’s return to his roots and facing “old demons.” The first scene in the film was of a car chase through a busy market.

It involved Land Rover Defender Double Cab pickup, which was driven by co-star Naomi Harris, chasing an Audi Q5 (a 3.0-liter V-6 TDI Quattro). Another car that was featured prominently in the film is the Jaguar XF that chauffeured Judi Dench around. It can be recalled that MSN Cars said in a report last year that the Range Rover Evoque will be used in the movie. None of the main actors were filmed driving it but there were several Evoques in the background. The police cars used were from Kia. Meanwhile, VW was represented by several Beetles tossed off a train.

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‘Dreams Come True’ beneficiary children and their families will be treated to an enjoyable day on July 29 by Cannonballers who will get together at the Beaulieu Motor Museum for the James Bond – Bond in Motion exhibition. Various prestige cars will be displayed during this event ahead of the first-ever Cannonball 2000 event on September 5 to 9.

The website of the charity, Dreams Come True, is at dctc.org.uk. Before Cannonball owners begin their 2,000-mile journey for five days from London to Paris, via Barcelona, Monte Carlo and Milan. A variety of models will be displayed for the Dreams Come True children and their families a few weeks before the Cannonball event.

The public will be able to get a view of the cars at the ‘Cannonball 2000 Dreams Come True James Bond event’. This will be open to members of the public on Beaulieu Motor Museum on July 29. Among the new cars that come from the Cannonballers are a Maserati Gran Cabrio, Ferrari 458 Italia, Ferrari California and an Aston Martin DB9, as well as the different cars used by James Bond in its films.

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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.

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The opening of Bond in Motion, an exhibition of 50 best-loved and most iconic James Bond vehicles at the National Motor Museum in Beaulieu, is set on January 17, 2012, in celebration of the 50th year of James Bond films. This exhibition, the largest of its kind all over the globe, will run through December 2012.

Among the automobiles in the exhibition are those that the public have never seen before, such as the Ford Mustang Mach 1 from Diamonds are Forever and the Rolls Royce Silver Shadow II of villain Zukovsky from The World Is Not Enough. The vintage 1962 Rolls Royce in A View to a Kill will also be showcased. It was the vehicle pushed into a lake by Zorin and May Day with Bond still inside.

The public will also view for the first time other exhibits such as the "Burial-At-Sea Bed" from You Only Live Twice, the Surfboard with concealed weapons and ammunition from Die Another Day and the Union Jack Parachute which villain Gustav Graves used when he landed on The Mall.

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It appears that Agent 007 is ready to test the new Range Rover Evoque in its next movie. According to MSN Cars’ sources a Range Rover Evoque was delivered to Pinewood Studios, the home of the Albert R. Broccoli 007 Stage.

Although the British brand owned by Indian Group Tata Motors didn’t want to confirm the fact, we do admit that a getaway in a Range Rover Evoque sounds very good for us an we’d like to see this in the next 007 movie.

Still, as you may know already, Land Rover models appeared in older James Bond movies and we could mention the custom Range Rover convertible in Octopussy, a Land Rover Defender in The Living Daylights and the Range Rover Sport driven and crashed by Daniel Craig in Casino Royale.

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The most famous James Bond vehicle of all time – a silver 1964 Aston Martin DB5 --sold for 2.9 million pounds ($4.6 million) at a London auction recently.

This vehicle was driven by Sean Connery in the “Goldfinger” movie and it was also seen in “Thunderball.” It features twin machine guns, revolving number plates, a bullet-proof shield and an ejector seat. Its sale price included 12% auction fees.

Actually, the price falls below the car’s presale minimum estimate of 3.5 million pounds at hammer price. Its top estimate was $10 million.

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The Lotus from James Bond's The Spy Who Loved Me was sold for £111,500 ($162,825 or €128,415) at an auction in London. The white-colored 1976 Lotus Esprit was acquired by a private American collector who was giving his bids over the phone at the sale in Bonhams.

The collector depicted himself as a Lotus and James Bond enthusiast and said the car would be conveyed to Atlanta, Georgia.

The vehicle is one of two Lotus cars driven by Roger Moore in the 1977 Bond movie, which transformed into an amphibious car when it landed on the sea during a chase. A spokesperson from Bonhams said: "We are delighted with the result and delighted that it attracted worldwide attention."

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