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Thursday, March 14, 2013

Even More Bond at Beaulieu

2002 Jaguar XKR from Die Another Day
by Kate Tompkins

Here’s the last vehicle I’m going to cover from the Bond in Motion exhibit at the National Motor Museum, a 2002 Jaguar XKR convertible from the movie Die Another Day. I would have liked to cover the 2002 Aston Martin V12 Vanquish from that movie as well, but you could only see it through a window when the lighting cycled just right. I think they were trying to duplicate the camouflage effect of the car in the movie, but it meant I couldn’t get a decent photo, though not from lack of trying.

The Aston Martin, naturally, was Bond’s car (in this case, Pierce Brosnan), while the Jag was driven by villain Zao in a gadget-filled chase scene, over ice, no less. Don’t you love that green paint? It would be expensive to replicate, as it has gold mixed in with it.
2002 Jaguar XKR from Die Another Day
by Kate Tompkins

Other non-standard equipment on the Jag is the thermal imaging system, rockets, mortars, a hydraulic battering ram, a Gatling gun, and the door-mounted missiles seen in the second photo.

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