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Honda Announced as the Choice of 007 for Skyfall
Honda (UK) is delighted to announce its partnership with the upcoming James Bond film, Skyfall, and today unveiled the actual Honda machines used in the film, at the National Motor Museum in Beaulieu.
Bond (Daniel Craig) pursues Patrice through the steets of Turkey
Honda’s CRF250R motorcycle proved to be the machine of choice by the 007 film’s action vehicles and stunt crew teams. These motorbikes were modified for the opening sequence of the 23rd James Bond film which was shot in Istanbul and Adana, Turkey earlier this year.
Twenty CRF250R machines were provided in total, to be adapted and
‘dressed’ appropriately into two native style motorbikes. One is a
Turkish police bike that henchman, Patrice (Ola Rapace), seizes after a
policeman crashes, the other is a Turkish merchant's bike that James Bond
(Daniel Craig) uses to pursue Patrice through the streets. Both bikes
feature extensive modifications courtesy of Chris Corbould’s
award-winning Special Effects team.
Two CRF450R motorbikes were further chosen for use as HD camera filming machines, as only a motorbike could easily enable the camera crew to keep up with the chase scene and follow the various stunts.
Stunt Co-ordinator for Skyfall, Gary Powell, commented, “We needed a highly versatile and quality off-road motorbike that could be easily modified, without compromising performance or safety, for the opening sequence of Skyfall. Honda’s CRFs are probably the best off-roaders out there so it’s great that we’ve been able to partner with Honda as the bikes, whilst heavily modified, were superb to work with.”
Honda (UK) Corporate Communications Manager, Fiona Cole, said, “We’re delighted to be a partner for Skyfall and are very much looking forward to seeing our Honda CRFs in action in the film and rolling out some great associated activities we’ve got planned from October when the film is released. We like to try and do things differently at Honda, including finding innovative, yet relevant ways to showcase our diverse products, whilst also really engaging with our customers. It’s great to not only have Honda machines chosen as the choice of Bond, but also to be working with such a longstanding film franchise.”
The Skyfall ‘Police’ and ‘Street Merchant’ bikes, alongside the unmodified and original Honda CRF250R, were unveiled today at the famous National Motor Museum in Beaulieu, which is currently hosting the BOND IN MOTION exhibition until 31 December 2012. The exhibition, the largest of its kind, celebrates 50 years of the James Bond films and showcases 50 of the best-loved and most iconic Bond vehicles.
To mark the occasion, Honda (UK) is offering twenty pairs of tickets to the BOND IN MOTION exhibition at Beaulieu, to lucky winners who enter Honda’s exclusive competition on its Twitter feed (@Honda_UK) before midnight on Sunday 22 July. Further activities surrounding Honda (UK)’s association with Skyfall will be announced over the coming months on www.honda.co.uk, Facebook/HondaCarsUK and Twitter @Honda_UK.
To see the versatile Honda CRF250Rs in action on screen and to enjoy
the latest Bond adventure, head to see Skyfall in cinemas from 26 October.
1. Dr No 1962
2. From Russia With Love 1963
3. Goldfinger 1964
4. Thunderball 1965
5. You Only Live Twice 1967
6. On Her Majesty`s Secret Service 1969
7. Diamonds Are Forever1971
8. Live And Let Die 1973
9. The Man With The Golden Gun 1974
10.The Spy Who Loved Me
12.For Your Eyes Only 1981
14.A View To A Kill 1985
15.The Living Daylights 1987
16.Licence To Kill 1989
18.Tomorrow Never Dies1997
19.The World Is Not Enough 1999
20.Die Another Day 2002
21.Casino Royale 2006
22.Quantum Of Solace 2008
23. Skyfall 2012
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is James Bond's two-wheeler of choice in Skyfall [w/video]
Compared to his variety in cars, James
Bond doesn't often throw a leg over a motorcycle. Yet this year's Skyfall,
due in October, will mark the second time in as many movies that Bond has
tangled with the bad guys on two wheels. This time, though, EON
Productions has partnered with Honda
so everyone is on Honda
CRF250R motorcycles made to look like local Turkish bikes. They were used
for the action scenes and by the stunt crews, while the CRF450R was used
for camera crews.
Now that the Honda 'Police' and 'Street Merchant's' bikes have done their business, they are on display at the National Motor Museum in Beaulieu, England as part of an exhibit of 50 years of James Bond's various rides – with wheels and without. Have a read of the release below for more info on the motos and how you can win tickets to the museum exhibit. We've also included the trailer for Skyfall where, if you watch very closely, for a fraction of a second we think you can see one of those very bikes flipping through the air.
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