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007’s New Ride: This is no Aston Martin DB5

I’m sure at some point in your life you wished you were James Bond. He is the pinnacle of cool and the only time he slides behind the wheel of a junker it’s to launch it down a flight of stairs or off a bridge. For all the other times 007 is on the road, he tends to drive only the very best.

The history of the Bond car is as diverse and storied as the man himself. From his first car, an Alfa Romeo in Octopussy, to his sleek looking Aston Martin DBS V12 in Quantom of Solace, his taste in wheels has been unimpeachable. Okay, like the entirety of the 1970s when bad cars were as common as bell bottoms, there was an unfortunate inclusion of an AMC Hornet, and even a couple other dogs, but all of that was made right with a return to his Aston Martin DB5 in Skyfall, a car so beautiful it could make the most stone-hearted Bond villain weep.

 

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That last film also marked one of the few times Bond and his cohorts embraced the 4×4, and in doing so, thrashed a Defender 130 to pieces. Technically, he wasn’t behind the wheel, but he did make a Bond car out of the D130 in just a few short minutes of film time.

With the next Bond movie slated to arrive in the coming weeks, news began to leak that the Defender would once again be employed by Her Majesty’s leading agent, this time as a Land Rover Defender Big Foot. Perched on 37-inch tires, shouldering a Warn winch and fitted with a roof rack and snorkel, it’s the real deal even if James Bond is pure fiction.

The Defender isn’t the only Rover making the cut. The Range Rover Sport is slated to make a cameo in the new film as well, this time fitted with a light bar and hopefully the typical inventory of gadgets straight from Q’s workshop. It’s all in a day’s work for our hero.

 

Now, pass the popcorn.

 

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Christophe Noel is a journalist from Prescott, Arizona. Born into a family of backcountry enthusiasts, Christophe grew up backpacking the mountains and deserts of the American West. An avid cyclist and bikepacker, he also has a passion for motorcycles, travel, food and overlanding.

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