Some custom-built cars driven by 007 are almost as famous as the actors who played the various chapters of the James Bond saga and the film “No Time to Die” just released in cinemas, could only cheer the tale of the elegant English spy with a precious parterre of British-style cars.
In the film directed by Fukunaga, nine different models appear and also a Triumph Scrambler engaged in dizzying jumps on the flights of stairs. The most represented manufacturers are Jaguar / Land Rover and Aston Martin which in addition to the legendary DB5 – back to center stage with built-in machine guns and smoking wheels – puts on the road the V8 Vantage used by 007 Timothy Dalton, and the sculptural DBS Superleggera. The spectators who are passionate about hi-tech cars with immoderate performances will also have noticed the rapid but effective product placement of Valhalla; Hybrid bolide with central V8 engine and the promise of a thousand horsepower offered at figures not far from one million euros.
If Bond has almost always sat behind the wheel of fascinating super sports cars or rare gems produced in limited series such as the BMW Z8, the favorite cars of the British institutions as the royal family and the top of the Mi-6, are the Jaguar sedans and the Land Rover SUVs. . To emphasize the significant link with the epic created by Ian Fleming, the new Defender even has a specific “James Bond Edition” set-up while in the film “No Time to Die”, some of the most spectacular action scenes feature Range Rover Sport and a pair of Jaguar XFs used to catch the fugitive Bond in the narrow streets of the “Sassi” of Matera, and then in the ravines that characterize the area surrounding the Lucanian town.
Like the aforementioned British cars, Italy has always had a place of honor in James’ adventures and the locations chosen for one of the key chases of the twenty-fifth chapter of 007 have put cars, operators and cinemas to a severe test: “The XF it turned out to be an exciting choice to record scenes as intense and complex as those of Matera – explains Chris Corbould, supervisor of special effects and vehicles in action of the film No Time to Die – in stunts we always try to push ourselves beyond the limits and this is true. also for the means used. We cannot compromise and there is often no room for error; in the very narrow alleys as on the dirt road, the XF has demonstrated all its performance qualities and driving dynamics ”.
Finally, two other cult models took part in the last film dedicated to the English 007, such as the fourth generation of Maserati Quattroporte and a particularly tough Toyota Land Cruiser Prado J90 which, after the exciting challenge against a Range Rover, also manages to escape the ‘helicopter.