While the Frankfurt
International Motor Show had its own share of entertainment and new launches, Jaguar
Land Rover celebrated its vehicles appearing in the new Bond adventure, Spectre.
Cars, including the Jaguar C-X75, Range Rover Sport SVR and the iconic Land
Rover Defender, stole the show as they were unveiled in public for the first
time at the palatial Thurn und Taxis in Frankfurt.
Naomie Harris (Moneypenny) and
David Bautista (Hinx) were guests of honour at the glamorous event showcasing
special stunt vehicles used in the latest instalment of the James Bond
series. Guests were entertained by
British singer and musician John Newman, who performed a number of top ten hits
from his album.
Spectre, the 24th James Bond
film, from Albert R. Broccoli's EON Productions, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios
and Sony Pictures Entertainment, sees the Jaguar C-X75 drive through the
moonlit streets of Rome in one of the movie's most iconic high speed chase
scenes. Driven by Hinx, played by David
Bautista, the C-X75 supercar, named the most advanced Jaguar ever created, was
provided by Jaguar Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) in collaboration
with development partner Williams Advanced Engineering headquarters in
SVO was created in June 2014
to focus on meeting the increasing expectations of today's most discerning and
enthusiastic Jaguar and Land Rover customers.
Working on the development of high performance versions of existing
models, luxury bespoke commissions and limited run collector editions, it
represents the very pinnacle of the two iconic brands.
Specially modified Land Rover
Defenders and the fastest, most powerful Land Rover ever, the Range Rover Sport
SVR also star in major action sequences shot in Austria. The highly capable Defenders were constructed
by the JLR Special Operations division with huge 37-inch diameter off-road
tyres and enhanced body protection to tackle the challenging terrain of the snow-covered
mountain roads used for filming.
Actor David Bautista said,
"To have the opportunity to be a part of an iconic chase scene in a Bond
movie and to drive the C-X75 supercar was like a dream come true for me. It
truly is a beautiful beast of a car that will go down in movie history."
Naomie Harris, who will
reprise the role of Moneypenny in Spectre said: "I made my Bond debut in
the Defender, and I have so many fond memories shooting that sequence in
Turkey. It's such a special franchise to be a part of, and I'm thrilled to be
here in Frankfurt with the Jaguar Land Rover team".
Managing Director of Jaguar
Land Rover Special Operations, John Edwards, said: "For Jaguar Land Rover
to once again be a part of the iconic vehicle line ups in one of the most celebrated
film franchises in the world represents a proud moment for us. It's an incredible opportunity to showcase
production and concept cars alike and we look forward to continuing this
relationship well into the future."