No Time to Die Will Feature Plenty of Jaguars, Aston Martins, and a Possible Cameo by the Valhalla
This could be the biggest James Bond movie yetby Kirby Garlitos, on
Production of the 25th James Bond movie, called No Time To Die, is well underway, and we’re already seeing fan-filmed videos of what we can expect from the movie, at least from a car-chasing perspective. We already know that the Aston Martin DB5 — replicas of it, at least — will play a prominent role in the movie. We also know that Jaguar Land Rover has signed a deal confirming its involvement in the movie.
These videos of all these cars in attendance at the same time hints at a high-impact car chase scene that will play a key role in the movie. It’s hard not to get excited about what these scenes are going to look like, though I will admit that I’m more excited about seeing the car that Aston Martin said will make a cameo in the movie. With apologies to the remade DB5s and all the Jaguars and Land Rovers in the movie, I’m here for the Aston Martin Valhalla’s first-ever Hollywood screen time. No Time To Die is scheduled to hit theaters on April 3, 2020.
We already knew that No Time To Die would be a big movie. We knew that because it’s a James Bond movie. More importantly, we knew that because it’s the 25th movie of a blockbuster movie franchise that’s been around since 1962 when Dr. No hit theaters that year. To put that in perspective, the James Bond movie franchise is older than the Star Wars franchise, the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the Fast and Furious franchise, and, really, just about every major Hollywood movie franchise that’s still around today. In the 58 years that it’s been around, the James Bond saga spawned 24 blockbuster films.
No Time To Die will be the 25th movie, and, from the looks of things, it could be the biggest Bond movie to date.
Now, I don’t know what the plot of the movie is, and, at this point, it doesn’t matter to me. What matters to me are the cars that will be included in the movie. It’s long been established that every Bond movie comes with an Aston Martin vehicle. It won’t be different this time as Aston Martin has confirmed that several Aston Martin models will be in the film, including what is arguably the most famous Aston Martin model of all time: the DB5.
To be clear, it’s highly unlikely that an original DB5 will be part of the movie. That could be the case if we’re talking about glam shots or simple camera pass-bys. But for action sequences? That’s a different story altogether. Even if Aston Martin did allow the movie to use a real DB5 for high-impact scenes, I’m not sure the people behind the movie’s production would have the stomach to use a $1 million vehicle and run roughshod with it during filming.
Replica units of the DB5 are your best bets, and a video captured by a fan does show what looks to be a replica DB5 performing a series of high-speed drifts and slides on the cobbled streets of Matera in southern Italy.
Now, imagine if that was a real DB5. Hearts will be breaking the world over.
We can tell, though, that the cars that are sharing this particular chase scene with the replica DB5 are actual Jaguar models. JLR (Jaguar Land Rover) has already confirmed its participation in the movie, and from the videos we saw, it looks like the Jaguar XJ will be sharing some screen time with at least one of the eight replica DB5 units that were reportedly created specifically for this movie. Speaking of which, you can clearly hear the audible roar from an inline-six-cylinder engine that the DB5 is reportedly equipped with. This is nice to hear because even if the actual model is a replica, the folks behind the movie are sticking to the original audible noise of the DB5’s engine. No special effects here, folks. Awesome to see and hear.
What I’m really excited about, though, is the car that wasn’t in any of these videos. We know of Aston Martin’s involvement in the movie, and a big part of that involvement is the appearance of the Valhalla hypercar in No Time To Die. Granted, we don’t know where and when it will appear in the movie. We don’t even know if it’s going to have prominent screen time or if it’s going to be a short cameo.
But Aston Martin has announced that it will be in the 25th James Bond movie, and, at this point, that’s all we need to know. It’s one thing to see replica units of the DB5 or Jaguar XJs or Land Rover Defenders in the movie, but it’s entirely different seeing the Valhalla in the big screen for the first time.
It’s not the Valkyrie hypercar, but it’s the closest that comes to it.
The Valhalla is Aston Martin’s new mid-engine supercar. We first saw a glimpse of it at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. It shares a lot of the design cues with the Valkyrie but was created to look cleaner and more refined than the flagship halo car. Unlike the Valkyrie, the Valhalla is powered by a twin-turbocharged V-6 engine and a battery-electric hybrid system that combine to produce an output approaching 1,000 horsepower.
Specific details have yet to be revealed, but we do know that the Valhalla is expected to hit production sometime in late 2021 with a production cap of just 500 units. But before it takes the hypercar world by storm, the Valhalla will make its Hollywood debut in No Time To Die. Seems like a great way to get more publicity ahead of its launch time.
All told, No Time To Die should be an appointment movie experience for all of us. Forget about Bond’s mission in the movie or who he ends up sleeping with. We’re watching it for the cars, and from the looks of it, we’re going to have a healthy dose of them once the movie hits theaters on April 3, 2020.
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