The Latest James Bond Star? Land Rover’s Defender 110
A star is born—or is about to roll off the assembly line, anyway. Land Rover’s new Defender 110 has snagged a prime spot in “No Time to Die,” the 25th James Bond movie. Debuting in 2020, the Defender is taking its place with other Land Rover vehicles that have been driven by Bond as he drinks, fights, and womanizes, all while defeating evil for the British Secret Intelligence Service.
The Defender had to pass muster with the movie’s stunt team to demonstrate it had the off-road chops to play a featured role in the iconic series. The stunt team tested the 110 to see if it could overcome extreme off-road conditions, and once again prove Bond’s, and Land Rover’s, unstoppable nature.
Land Rover’s Influence
It isn’t the first time Land Rover has had one of its all-terrain luxury vehicles in a Bond movie. In 1983, a Range Rover Classic convertible towed the Acrostar, a tiny jet featured in the film, “Octopussy.” Three Land Rovers are used, including a fiery crash off the Rock of Gibraltar in “The Living Daylights.” A Range Rover pursues Bond through the streets of Saigon in “Tomorrow Never Dies.” In “Casino Royale,” Bond uses a Range Rover Sport to ram a parking lot rail and set off car alarms as a diversion. Other Land Rovers were used in “Quantum of Solace,” “Skyfall,” and “Spectre.”
The Defender is more than just a good-looking cinema idol. With a ground clearance of 11.5 inches, the Defender 110 has world-class off-road geometry which includes approach, breakover, and departure angles of 38, 28, and 40 degrees. You can own the car—though you may not want to put it through the same jaw-dropping turns, jumps and spills that Bond movies inflict on their vehicles. The Defender 110 will be priced from $49,900 in the U.S. and go on sale in Spring 2020.
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