When it comes to off-road toughness, the Land Rover Defender has a pretty established reputation for being virtually indestructible. With the all-new Defender launched just last year, what better way is there to prove its ruggedness than to star in a James Bond movie?
Land Rover has just released a behind-the-scenes video of a car chase scene in the upcoming James Bond movie, No Time To Die, featuring none other than the all-new Defender, where we get to see just how tough it really is.
The footage is actually from a stunt rehearsal for the movie’s chase sequence. Despite that, the stunts are still very real, and the video gives us a good idea of the Land Rover Defender’s off-road capabilities.
Looking at the stunts performed in the video, it’s very hard to imagine that the cars have not been modified. However, Land Rover Defender Vehicle Line Director Nick Collins, clarified that there were no modifications done to the body structure, other than the installation of a roll cage.
“We developed a new test standard for Defender, the most challenging we’ve ever had and unique to this vehicle. Physical strength and durability is measured by a number of different tests including a bridge jump test which gave us confidence to deliver what the stunt team needed to create for No Time To Die, ” said Collins.
In total, 10 Land Rover Defenders were used in the filming of the movie, including the seventh Defender to roll off the production line, carrying a very James Bond VIN number – 007.
Putting these vehicles through their paces is Jessica Hawkins, driver in the Formula 3 W series. No Time To Die is also the first time Hawkins worked on a movie set!
“It doesn’t get any more exhilarating than being a stunt driver in a James Bond movie and it’s an honour to be a part of this incredible movie driving the new Defender,” said Hawkins.