Aston Martin and James Bond are synonymous and inseparable one from the other. Preparation for the 23rd James Bond film ‘Skyfall’ required the Aston Martin DB5 to be updated in a number of respects giving it breathtaking performance, luxuriously appointed interiors and classic exteriors fit for the caliber of the 007 star. Aston Martin Works at Newport Pagnell, is well noted for being official heritage and service division of the auto manufacturer and hence responsible for overseeing preparation for Skyfall marquee.
DB5s have featured in a number of James Bond movies. They have been seen in Goldfinger, Thunderball, Goldeneye, Casino Royale and Skyfall. Appearing in Skyfall saw DB5 continuing in its pursuit to meet high standards demanded by James Bond, be it in form of high tech gadgetry and well defined interior and exterior features.
Aston Martin Works worked on DB5’s paint structure, changing it from green with beige interiors to Silver Birch paint work with black trims while distressing the vehicles exteriors to make it appear used. To represent exit hatch for ejector seat the company also added its special craftsmanship to the roof while also giving the car a complete mechanical overhaul ahead of filming.
Honda motorbike used in the latest Bond flick, Skyfall has been donated to BBC Children in Need auction. The auction ends tomorrow. In order to bid, you can visit www.bbc.co.uk/pudsey before midnight of 22nd November 2012.For more information, scroll down.
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HONDA DONATES 007’S SKYFALL MOTORBIKE TO BBC CHILDREN IN NEED AUCTION
Motorbike ridden by Daniel Craig as James Bond goes up for sale on eBay
Honda (UK) has donated an exclusive ‘lot’ to the hugely popular and invaluable BBC Children in Need annual fundraising auction – a motorbike which Daniel Craig rode in the thrilling opening chase sequence of the latest 007 adventure, Skyfall.
The modified Honda CRF250R motorbike is now live as one of the top items in the auction, which allows bidders to buy amazing prizes and merchandise, whilst donating to the charity appeal.
Honda’s CRF250R motorcycle proved to be the machine of choice by the 007 film’s action vehicles and stunt crew team, for the opening scene filmed Istanbul and Adana, Turkey, earlier this year. The Honda and Skyfall partnership saw the motorbikes modified and customised into two Turkish guises – a ‘police’ bike and a ‘street merchant’s’ bike – courtesy of Chris Corbould’s award-winning Special Effects team. The Turkish ‘street merchant’s’ bike was ridden by Daniel Craig in pursuit of film’s henchman, Patrice (Ola Rapace) in the opening scenes of the blockbuster film.
Now, following Honda’s donation to BBC Children in Need, millions of Bond fans will have the chance to own an actual ‘street merchant’ bike from the Skyfall set that Daniel Craig filmed with, whilst also contributing vital funds for such a worthy charitable cause. The auction will close to bidders at midnight on Thursday 22nd November.
As such a unique auction lot and star attraction of the auction, Honda is hoping the bike will raise tens of thousands of pounds for BBC Children in Need, which campaigns to make a positive difference to the lives of disadvantaged children and young people in the UK. The auction is part of a series of activities, programmes and ongoing celebrity involvement to raise the profile of the important children’s fundraising campaign, and Honda’s generous contribution comes just in time for Friday’s broadcast of the annual BBC One show.
Honda (UK) Corporate Communications Manager, Fiona Cole, said, “We are very pleased to be able to support BBC Children in Need and with such an exclusive, unique and exciting item. Original items such as this are usually highly sought after and with the Bond films having incredibly broad appeal, we hope that 007’s ‘street merchant’ bike will raise a significant amount of money and awareness for such an invaluable cause. At Honda we like to look for innovative ways to raise money for charity and we are so pleased that our exciting association with Skyfall has enabled us to do this for BBC Children in Need.”
To be in with a chance of owning this truly unique item of film memorabilia from Honda, go to www.bbc.co.uk/pudsey and place your bid before midnight on Thursday 22 November 2012.
To see exciting behind the scenes footage from Skyfall, exclusive to Honda, and also the latest news, images and opportunities to get involved with Honda and Skyfall between now and the end of December, visit www.facebook.com/hondacarsuk or sign up to follow www.twitter.com/Honda_UK on Twitter. And to see the versatile Honda CRF250Rs in action on screen and enjoy the latest Bond adventure, head to see Skyfall in cinemas across the UK now.
ASTON MARTIN WORKS PREPARES BOND CAR FOR SKYFALL
The iconic silver Aston Martin DB5 which features in Skyfall, the 23rd James Bond film, was prepared at Aston Martin Works, renowned worldwide as the official heritage and service division of the marque.
Aston Martin has a long association with James Bond – Skyfall is the fifth Bond movie in which the DB5 has made an appearance. Other models have also played a part over the years, from the DBS in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, the V8 Vantage Volante in The Living Daylights, the Vanquish in Die Another Day and the DBS in Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace. And of course, many of them have featured exciting gadgets from the ejector seat in the DB5 to the spike-producing tyres and a self-destruct function found on the V8 Vantage Volante.
It is therefore fitting that the DB5 was prepared for its recent role, by Aston Martin Works, the spiritual home of the marque at Newport Pagnell.
Aston Martin Works continues to meet the needs of owners of every model with expertise spanning from the DB2 to the One-77 supercar.
The brief was to ‘clone’ the DB5 owned by the makers of the Bond movies, EON Productions, to provide a second car for filming. The project started with sourcing an appropriate car, facilitated by Aston Martin Works.
Once the car was sourced, it was prepared by the Aston Martin Works heritage team, who perform restoration miracles on all Aston Martins from the DB2 onwards. In just a matter of weeks the DB5 was transformed from green with beige interior to the stunning Silver Birch paintwork with black trim, which was ‘distressed’ so as not to appear brand new. The final touch to the paintwork was to add a keyline on the roof to represent the exit hatch for the ejector seat. In addition to the aesthetic works, the car also required a complete mechanical overhaul in preparation for filming.
Kingsley Riding-Felce, Managing Director of Aston Martin Works commented; “We are very pleased that the role of the DB5 in Skyfall maintains the long association between James Bond and Aston Martin – and that the expertise of our heritage team is showcased by this iconic car. It is apt that it was prepared by Aston Martin Works at Newport Pagnell, the home of Aston Martin for over 50 years.”