Posted Jul 17th 2012 12:45PM
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 CFR450R 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 video 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.
Honda Announced as the Choice of 007 for Skyfall
Tuesday 17 July 2012 -- 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.
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's' 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.
Honda is the world's largest engine manufacturer and provides a broad product range encompassing cars, motorcycles and power equipment (including marine, energy, lawn and garden and ATV). From 2012, this extends to aviation with the all-new HondaJet, with the development of mobility devices inspired by Honda's robotics division and humanoid robot ASMIO further featuring strongly in the company's R&D for future products. In 2010, Honda sold over 17 million motorcycles, 3.5 million cars and over 5 million power products worldwide. It has 66 production plants in 28 countries. Honda employs over 175,000 people around the world, including 4,000 in the UK. Honda has a strong environmental heritage. It was the first company to commercially market a hydrogen fuel cell car, the first company in its industry to recycle water in its manufacturing plants and achieves zero waste-to-landfill at its manufacturing plant in the UK. For more information visit www.honda.co.uk .
About Bond / Eon Productions
EON Productions Limited and Danjaq LLC are wholly owned and controlled by the Broccoli/Wilson family. Danjaq is the US based company that co-owns, with MGM, the copyright in the existing James Bond films and controls the right to produce future James Bond films as well as all worldwide merchandising. EON Productions, an affiliate of Danjaq, is the UK based production company which makes the James Bond films. The 007 franchise is the longest running in film history with twenty-two films produced since 1962. Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli succeeded Albert R 'Cubby' Broccoli and have produced some of the most successful Bond films ever including CASINO ROYALE and QUANTUM OF SOLACE. They are currently producing the 23rd film, SKYFALL.