LOS ANGELES, Jan. 2, 2003 – As the latest James Bond film,Die Another Day, woos movie audiences all over the world, California consumers will get a chance to view the cars the stars drive in the new film. The Aston Martin Vanquish V-12, the limited-edition “007” Ford Thunderbird and Jaguar XKR will be on display during the 2003 Los Angeles Auto Show.
Just as the prestige and British heritage of Ford’s Aston Martin brand are integral to James Bond’s allure, Berry’s Bond girl character, Jinx, and her Ford Thunderbird are the epitome of American spirit – a pairing that mixes sex appeal and high style with power and performance. One of the film’s villains, Zao, played by Rick Yune, also receives an appropriate match for his nature in the Jaguar XKR – with its sleek exterior and heart of power and ferocity.
“Not only are we excited to give California consumers a chance to see these special cars, but we’re thrilled that they can actually go out and purchase production vehicles like these from their local dealerships, without the Gatling guns and rockets, of course,” says Jan Valentic, vice president, Global Marketing, Ford Motor Company. “We are producing 700 units of the limited-edition ‘007’ Ford Thunderbird, and are in the process of launching the new 2003 Jaguar XKR. The Aston Martin V-12 Vanquish is available to customers, although apparently there are enough real-life James Bond types to fill an 18-month waiting list.”
About the Cars
The film’s Aston Martin V-12 Vanquish is equipped with 9mm machine guns, five heat-seeking missiles, two shotguns and an ejector seat. The V-12 Vanquish is the most advanced car Aston Martin has ever made, due to the way it is engineered and the materials selected. Aston Martin used a special bonded aluminum in combination with carbon fiber, and the car is hand-assembled akin to a light aircraft manufacturing system. Vanquish is powered by a 5.9-liter V-12 engine, offering 460 horsepower and maximum speed in excess of 190 mph. The car can go from 0-60 miles per hour in 4.5 seconds, or 0-100 mph in less than 10 seconds. Gear changes can happen in less than a blink of the eye – as the car uses fingertip-controlled Formula 1 style paddles, which enable almost imperceptible gear changes to be completed in less than 250 milliseconds.
The Jaguar XKR, featuring special vehicle modifications for the film, is a 400-horsepower convertible equipped with a Gatling gun centered behind the driver and passenger seats, missiles emerging from the front grille, concealed door-mounted rocket launchers and a trunk full of mortar bombs. The car’s unique color is the same as the current Jaguar Racing Formula 1 racing car.
The limited-edition “007” Ford Thunderbird has a distinctive Coral paint scheme and a unique white leather interior to match the car driven by Berry. The Coral paint – similar to the Sunset Coral hue offered on the 1956 Thunderbird – also matches the bikini Berry wears in her role as Jinx.
Like all 2003 Thunderbird cars, the “007” edition also will feature a number of performance enhancements, including:
New variable intake camshaft timing for the 3.9-liter DOHC V-8, which helps boost horsepower from 252 to 280 while simultaneously improving fuel economy.
Electronic throttle control for improved powertrain response and refinement.
A SelectShift Automatic™ five-speed transmission that can be shifted like a manual transmission but without a clutch.
About Die Another Day
MGM Pictures and Eon Productions’ Die Another Day is produced by Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli and is the 20th film in the James Bond franchise, the most successful film series of all time. Starring Brosnan, Berry, Toby Stephens, Rosamund Pike, Yune, John Cleese and Judi Dench, the film was directed by Lee Tamahori from a script by Neal Purvis and Robert Wade. The film opened Nov. 22.
About Eon Productions/Danjaq, Llc
Eon Productions/Danjaq, LLC is owned by the Broccoli family and has produced 19 James Bond films since 1962. The Bond films make up the most successful franchise in film history and include the recent blockbuster films, Goldeneye, Tomorrow Never Dies, and The World is Not Enough produced by Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli. Eon Productions and Danjaq, LLC are affiliate companies and control all worldwide merchandising of the James Bond franchise.
MGM Pictures is a unit of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc. (NYSE: MGM), through its Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. subsidiary, is actively engaged in the worldwide production and distribution of entertainment product, including motion pictures, television programming, home video, interactive media, music, and licensed merchandise.
Its operating units include MGM Pictures, United Artists Films, MGM Television Entertainment, MGM Networks, MGM Distribution Co., MGM Worldwide Television Distribution, MGM Home Entertainment, MGM Consumer Products, MGM Music, MGM Interactive, and MGM.com. In addition, MGM has acquired a 20 percent ownership interest in four of Rainbow Media’s successful national cable networks – American Movie Classics (AMC), Bravo, The Independent Film Channel (IFC) and WE: Women’s Entertainment (formerly Romance Classics), and holds equity interests in 14 television channels internationally. For more information on MGM, visit MGM online at http://www.mgm.com.
Ford’s Bond Car Tour Schedule
Oct. 1, 2002 through April 30, 2003
Car display at the Science Museum in London, UK
Jan. 2 through 12, 2003
Car display at the LA Auto Show
Feb. 7 through 26, 2003
Car display at the Toronto Auto Show
June 1 through Dec. 30, 2003
Car display at the Henry Ford Museum, Dearborn, Mich.
NOTE: dates and locations subject to change