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<B>Source:</B><BR><I>AutoExpress.Co.Uk<BR>News Section<BR>By: Gudjon Gudmundsson<BR>March 21, 2002</I><P>Of course everyone know that James Bond will be driving an Aston Martin Vanquish, but it sounds like the 'bad-guys' in this next movie, "Die Another Day", will be driving three cars: A heavily modified Jaguar XKR, heavily armoured Land Rover Range Rover, and Volvo S80. <IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/ubb/biggrin.gif"> <IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/ubb/biggrin.gif"><P><B>Freeze! It's The New Jag XK 007</B><P> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Here is a world exclusive picture to leave you shaken and stirred! Just a week after revealing spy shots from one legendary British car maker – Bentley – we're the first to bring you details of another amazing scene-stealer. The name's XK8, Jaguar XK8... and this dramatic picture shows a special-edition model taking part in an adrenaline-pumping chase scene from the eagerly awaited next James Bond movie. The car is hugely significant because it points the way to the facelifted version, which is<BR>due later in the year.<P>There's also a tantalising first glimpse of the car that 007 will be driving in the film. After a succession of BMWs, Bond is back in an Aston Martin, and this V12 Vanquish should ensure he can outrun his enemies. Shot on a frozen glacial lagoon at Jokulsar-lon, in the remote wastelands of south-east Iceland, the footage will make up only four to five minutes of the finished movie, which is to be called Die Another Day.<P>The £70million project is released in the autumn, and by that time a new, facelifted XK8 will be on sale. That meant Jaguar bosses – committed to the film because of the lucrative deal struck between Ford's Premier Automotive Group (PAG) and the producers – wanted to change the look of the film car rather than show the current model. And that's our best clue yet as to how the next XK will look.<P>Our pictures reveal revised air intakes, neater light clusters and new alloys. Under the bonnet, the new car will be given a 4.2-litre version of the company's V8 engine coupled to a six-speed gearbox and, in the flagship XKR model, a supercharger. Sadly, the machine gun and rollover hoops fitted won't be available! Also reserved for Bond's arch-enemy is the amazing green colour. The film's technical team blended the regular paint with pure gold – at a cost of almost £2,000 per litre – to coat the car.<P>But that's not the only modification. Because the chase scene – during which the Vanquish is bombarded with machine gun fire – was filmed on a frozen lake, the XK bodyshell has been fitted on to a shortened Ford Explorer chassis to boost grip. Six specially adapted cars were created be-cause of fears they could be damaged if the ice broke. The world's favourite spy is going back to his roots with the Aston Martin, after famously driving a DB5 in the 1964 film Gold-finger. <P>It was announced that Bond would drive a Vanquish in August last year, but the multi-million tie-up with PAG means the film's baddies don't just have the XK in their arsenal. Arch-villain Zao – played by American actor Rick Yune – is reported to have a heavily armoured Range Rover and a <B>Volvo S80</B> at his disposal. That pairing – plus the other four-wheeled stars of the show – should ensure that 007 will certainly have a licence to thrill...<HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>-Drew<p>[This message has been edited by InDy (edited 03-26-2002).]
 

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Looks like Ford is seriously hooked up for this one. All their products in a very popular movie. They paid big for that one. But good bang for the buck, Im sure.
 
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