Everyone knows James Bond… the iconic theme tune, the incredible explosions and the riveting story lines that have captured the imaginations of generations of wannabe heroes.
Now, as the 25th movie is on the edge of release, Bond In Motion has managed to capture 007’s vehicles from No Time to Die to create an incredible exhibition of stunt vehicles driven in the Cary Joji Fukunaga directed film.
The Covent Garden-based experience has worked with Special Effects Supervisor Chris Corbould, Stunt Coordinator Lee Morrison and Stunt Driver Mark Higgins who give insight into the vehicles and how they’re used to make spectacular stunt sequences in the new movie.
Vehicles from the new flick that will appear alongside old classics include
- James Bond’s Aston Martin DB5 stunt replica with damage and bullet hits
- James Bond’s Aston Martin V8
- James Bond’s Land Rover Series III from Jamaica
- Ash’s New Land Rover Defender 110 with continuity damage from Norway sequence
- Primo’s Triumph Scrambler 1200 XE as seen in Matera, Italy
- Nomi’s Royal Alloy GT125 scooter from Jamaica
Corbould has worked on 15 James Bond films and is a single film away from wracking up ten as Special Effects Supervisor, starting his journey in the role on Piers Brosnan’s Goldeye.
Chris said that working with the new-look defender was like being the famous spy itself:
“Initial talks with Aston Martin and Jaguar Land Rover commenced in October 2018, and many detailed conversations were held to discuss the film’s requirements. Aston Martin built eight bespoke DB5’s along with an extensive spares package.
“At the same time discussions were being held with Jaguar Land Rover to produce the first batch of eight New Land Rover Defenders, a mission shrouded in secrecy as the world had no idea at this stage of the design.
“A number of the DB5s and the Defenders were fitted out with complete roll cages, safety fuel cells, fire extinguisher systems, hydraulic hand brakes, battery isolators, rally seats and five-point harnesses. Q Branch gadgets on the DB5 include revolving M134 mini-guns appearing from the drop-down headlights, traditional smoke screen, mines dropping from under the rear bumper and an LED number plate creating a modern take on the Goldfinger (1964) revolving version.”
Mark Higgins had the incredible job of imitating Bond (James Bond) as stunt driver on the film and said: “I drove the DB5s in No Time To Die. Eight stunt replica cars were designed and built for the film, they all had a role to play in different configurations and were fantastic and rewarding to drive, it’s a very special car.
“No Time To Die is my fourth Bond film. It was a great job to work on, and I can’t wait to see the finished sequence in April.”
The London Film Museum and 007STORE are located at 45 Wellington Street, Covent Garden, and open seven days a week. Tickets are available at the box office daily or in advance from www.londonfilmmuseum.com and www.ticketmaster.co.uk