We’ve been waiting for the 25th installment in the Bond franchise–and Daniel Craig’s last film in the role of James Bond—since The Before Times. And now it’s finally headed into theaters early next month, promising far more car action than even Christopher Nolan’s Tenet, another pandemic-delayed film, one in which Saabs go back in time by driving backwards really fast. (If only Doc Brown knew that trick).
In fact, No Time To Die has been in pre-release limbo long enough for the studio to have spoiled what seems like a fairly generous amount of the car chases. Thankfully, in that time the vehicles haven’t already been replaced by newer models on dealer lots.
We’ve already seen the fourth-gen Maserati Quattroporte try to chase Bond off a bridge, marking the first appearance of that particular generation of the Quattroporte in ages. We’ve also seen Bond use a motorcycle to ascend a flight of stairs quicker than when he used parkour to descend stairs in Casino Royale. Previous trailers of No Time to Die have also revealed that the classic Aston Martin DB5 will be back in service and will be spraying some bad guys with machine gun fire… but it won’t be the sole Aston Martin in the role, because a V8 model will also be co-starring in the film. Finally, we’ve already caught a few glimpses of the new Land Rover Defender V8s going airborne for absurdly long periods of time, perhaps as a nod to the Ronin scene where the Audi S8 catches some air in a field outside of Nice.
If this sounds like the whole film will be about car chases, frankly, given its 2 hour 43 minute runtime we can’t rule that out. And the film has been teased for so long that we feel like we’ve already seen half of it somehow.
This week we have yet another clip to show you where some Range Rover Sport SVRs will… have what they call “an insurance event.” Production examples of the 575-hp SVRs are used in the film as the villains’ cars, the video reveals, where two examples optioned in Eiger Gray featuring the optional Carbon Pack will be chasing the Aston Martin V8.
“I was really keen to shoot a Bond chase sequence off-road, in a really challenging environment and the Range Rover Sport SVR was the perfect choice for this part of the story,” said Lee Morrison, stunt co-ordinator. “We shoot everything for real so we’ve pushed it to the absolute maximum and the pursuit promises to be one of the memorable set-piece moments of the film.”
One other bit we can glean about the plot from this video is that these Range Rover Sport SVRs wear fictionalized Russian license plates, with extra letters and numbers added to the license plate format. One detail that may or may not be intended in this fictionalized license plate format is region code 95, which on real Russian plates denotes Chechnya—an interesting point that could indicate where the vehicles, and therefore characters, are from. In another part of the video a Range Rover Sport SVR features a Russian plate with region code 96, which is Sverdlovskaya Oblast in the Urals—quite far from Chechnya. It could just be that the studio applied these region codes at random. The picturesque bridge at the start of one earlier trailer, meanwhile, is a real bridge in Norway, but it’s probably standing in for a fictional location somewhere in Russia.
The Range Rover Sport SVRs and Defender V8s won’t be the only Land Rovers in the film, as having a 2 hour 43 minute runtime permits even more Land Rovers to have some screen time. The studio says that there will also be Land Rover Series IIIs in the film, in addition to a classic Range Rover.
Will there be time for dialogue between all this car action? That remains to be seen.
If you’ve been keeping track of just how many different car models will have prominent roles No Time to Die (not counting that motorcycle or the Quattroporte), so far we have an armored and machine gun-equipped Aston Martin DB5, an Aston Martin V8, multiple Land Rover Defender V8s, multiple Range Rover Sport SVRs, a classic Rangie, and a Land Rover Series III.
Admittedly, this is a lot to know about cars in a film that’s not even out yet, but it will finally get a theatrical release before our current smartphones become even more obsolete.
Will you see No Time to Die in theaters Oct. 8, or will you wait for the VHS or Beta cassette rentals to arrive in supermarkets? Let us know in the comments below.
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