James Bond stunt team provide toughest test of all for new Land Rover Defender

Nobody punishes it better

WHATEVER your thoughts on the all-new Land Rover Defender, the 4×4 has been put through some serious testing during its development, covering more than 745,000 miles in some of the most extreme environments around the world, where temperature ranged from -40C to 50C and the altitude reached 10,000ft. But nothing could have prepared it for what the James Bond stunt team had in store.

A new teaser video released by Land Rover shows Lee Morrison, stunt co-ordinator for No Time To Die, the 25th official James Bond film, and stunt driver Jess Hawkins doing their absolute best to punish the Defender.

Behind the scenes of Stunt Coordinator Lee Morrison with the New Land Rover Defender featured in No Time To Die

Land Rover says its design team worked closely with Chris Corbould, the special effects and action vehicles supervisor, on the specification of the Defenders to feature in the movie.

The cars used were the first Defenders to be built at Jaguar Land Rover’s new production facility in Nitra, Slovakia, and based on the Defender X model in Santorini Black, with darkened skid pans, 20in dark finish wheels and professional off-road tyres.

Behind the scenes image of the New Land Rover Defender featured in No Time To Die

No Time To Die, directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga and starring Daniel Craig, who returns for his fifth film as Ian Fleming’s James Bond 007, will be released globally in cinemas in April 2020.

It will also feature the Range Rover Sport SVR, Series III Land Rover and Range Rover Classic, as well as a host of models from other brands including the Jaguar XF, Aston Martin Valhalla supercar and, of course, the legendary Aston Martin DB5.

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