Land Rover to Cast Wide Shadow Over “SPECTRE”
Next Bond Film to Feature Several Jaguar Land Rover Vehicles
Several Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) vehicles will appear in SPECTRE, the 24th film in the James Bond series. The movie looks like it’ll give JLR’s Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) a chance to strut its stuff in front of a worldwide audience, since the division built most of the Jaguar cars and Land Rover SUVs that are featured.
According to JLR, the Range Rover Sport SVR and Land Rover Defender “Big Foot” were built by SVO for scenes that were filmed in Austria. SVO built the Big Foot with 37-inch tires, a bespoke off-road suspension, and more body armor than the standard Defender. Based off the photo that JLR supplied, it looks like the Big Foot might also feature portal axles as well. We can only imagine how amazing it must be in the dirt.
The Big Foot might handle some of Bond’s (or his archrival’s) off-highway needs, but for getting there in a hurry, there’s the Range Rover Sport SVR. With new bodywork, extra LED lighting, and what looks like a slightly more aggressive stance, the SVR looks appropriately menacing in its dark grey clothes. There’s no word on whether the SVR’s performance has been upgraded for screen duty as well, but the “standard" SVR is the fastest Land Rover in history (and the fastest SUV around the Nürburgring, ever), so 550 hp and 0-60 in 4.5 seconds should be good enough for most secret agents.
Joining the Defender Big Foot and Range Rover Sport SVR onscreen will be other JLR vehicles, including the Jaguar C-X75 supercar concept, painted dark orange. That vehicle will be set against 007’s Aston Martin DB10 for a sweeping car chase through Rome. (It’s funny how you never see Bond’s epic car chases through Milwaukee or Albuquerque.)
SPECTRE isn’t the first Bond-JLR tieup. Although he’s more closely associated with Aston Martin, Bond is no stranger to the Leaping Cat and its off-road cousin. Skyfall featured a chase scene with Miss Eve Moneypenny hunting the bad guys down in her Defender 110, and M could be seen tucked into the back seat of a Jaguar XJ sedan. Additionally, villains have used Jaguars and Range Rovers for years, extending back to the time when Jaguar, Land Rover, and Aston Martin were all part of Ford’s Premier Automotive Group.
SPECTRE should be released November 6, 2015, but we hope we don’t have to wait until then to get a closer look at those Land Rovers.
Source: Jaguar Land Rover