Honda is the motorcycle of choice for British secret agent 007 in the latest James Bond movie, Skyfall, which is scheduled for release in October. The movie, the 23rd in the Bond franchise, was shot in Istanbul and Adana, Turkey earlier this year.
Honda UK provided 20 CRF250R dirt bikes for use in the film, as well as two CRF450Rs use as camera platforms. Only a motorcycle could enable the camera crew to keep up with the chase scene and follow the various stunts, Honda said.
The CRF250Rs were adapted and 'dressed' appropriately into two local-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.
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 ... 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 very much looking forward to seeing our Honda CRFs in action in the film ... 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’ bikes, along with an unmodified Honda CRF250R, are currently on display at the National Motor Museum in Beaulieu, UK, which is hosting a 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 iconic Bond vehicles.