Two British Icons Partner For The 25th 007 Film

 

I’ve long followed the James Bond franchise. The suave yet deadly MI-6 spy/assassin known the world over as 007 has long captured the imagination with incredible feats of bravado, passion for service to his country and the free world, ability to bring down the bad guy, and of course, get the girl. Across the years, I’ve enjoyed the Sean Connery portrayals, was somewhat amused by the almost comical Roger Moore movies, never really got into the Timothy Dalton films, and could never quite immerse myself in the Pierce Brosnan series (he’ll always be Remington Steele to me). Then along came Daniel Craig.

In Craig’s portrayals, James Bond seems much more akin to the Ian Fleming character of the original book series, an aging yet still highly skilled weapon of the Crown, troubled in his soul even as he fights for right in a troubled world against great forces of evil. Daniel Craig’s Bond feels like he has a real beginning, a life backstory, and a conclusion. This being Craig’s final role as Bond, “No Time To Die” is a movie I’ll most certainly be viewing in theaters. I’ve been told it’s truly an epic adventure.

Another reason I’ll be hitting the theater for this Bond movie is the unique partnership the production company forged with Triumph Motorcycles to feature the brand’s bikes in the film. Apparently, EON Productions inked a deal with Triumph back in 2019 to feature the Brit brand’s machines in the next Bond film, and the partnership could not be more perfect. The ultimate British superspy, astride the ultimate British motorcycle. What’s not to love?

“No Time To Die”, now in theaters.

For “No Time To Die”, EON utilized a fleet of specially modified Scrambler 1200 and Tiger 900 motorbikes, and their stunt team certainly thrashed the bikes during production. Filmed on location in Jamaica, Norway, Italy and across the UK, the bikes performed exceptionally, meeting every dramatic situation and extreme terrain required of them. According to stunt coordinator Lee Morrison, the Triumphs were chosen for this film for their resiliency, power, ease of handling, and versatility across a wide variety of terra firma, as well as fitting well into the film’s storyline.

According to Morrison, “We loved the look of the Scrambler 1200, and we already knew we would use those in ‘No Time To Die’, but then Triumph offered us several prototypes of a bike that hadn’t yet been launched at that time, and that was the Tiger 900.  The whole stunt team realised very quickly that these were amazing bikes.  We rode those bikes so much in Off-Road Pro mode and the things are amazing… absolutely incredible.”

A Triumph Scrambler 1200 and Tiger 900 used in filming. Photo by Triumph Motorcycles.

Regarding the Scrambler 1200, Morrison observed, “Ah, it’s just so much fun, isn’t it?!  Get on it, and it’s an absolute blast straight off.  I’d switch everything off [Off-Road Pro mode] and ride that thing like it was a motocross bike, couldn’t stop grinning!  I remember being worried before filming about potential electrical issues… I didn’t realise that every single electrical connection during Triumph’s testing process is completely waterproofed – not many manufacturers do that.  I had zero breakdowns with those electricals for the whole shoot, and that’s with riding day in day out, through rivers and across river beds through four inches, six inches, up to a foot and a half of water. For the film we rode the Scrambler 1200 absolutely flat out, I mean as aggressive as you can ride a motorcycle, lighting it up off-road on tough terrain in Scotland, drifting it through really slippery streets in Matera [Italy], hitting steps flat out in third gear, quick direction changes, jumps, everything you could imagine, and that bike performed brilliantly.”

Triumph Scrambler 1200 in action. Photo by Triumph Motorcycles.

When they were offered a pack of Tiger 900s for the shoot, Morrison and company fell in love with the new (at the time) machine, like we did when we had one for a few weeks– “We spent a long time on the Tiger and it is so balanced.  You can just have great fun with it.  I joined a Triumph Tiger 900 press ride in Morocco recently and you stick cruise control on and settle in to what’s a really nice touring ride.  Then, the other end of the spectrum, turn everything off, stick it in Off-Road Pro mode, and you discover the body positioning, the footpegs, handlebars, down to the rake of the bike even – everything is perfect.  The Tiger 900 is the most confidence-inspiring bike, it allows you to really push the ride as far as you want, you can take as many liberties as you want; stand up sideways drifting in third gear, slow wheelie it, slide it Supermoto-style.  I honestly think it’s one of the best bikes I’ve ever ridden. It’s fantastic.”

Flying a Tiger 900 during filming. Photo by Triumph Motorcycles.

Morrison and his stunt crew beat the Triumphs mercilessly during filming around the world, and had this to say about some of the toughest scenes they were utilized in- “Well for the Tiger, and remember these are stunt professionals, it was probably when we were riding them at high speeds and bouncing off the sides of cars during the Norway chase scene!  It was amazing being able to ride behind and direct my lead stunt rider, constantly telling him to get in there, I want you alongside ‘Bond’, hitting the side of his door, cutting behind.  There was a point where we jumped the Tiger over a car and under a helicopter.  To have the confidence in a motorcycle to do all those things, on the move, while directing through an earpiece, shows you how good that bike is.”

Intense rehearsals and filming scenes with the Triumph Scramblers and Tigers. Photo by Triumph Motorcycles.

With the movie debuting in theaters now, Triumph has produced a line of special edition Bond bikes in each model. From what we’ve learned, the 007 Scrambler 1200 is already sold out, and with only 250 of the 007 Tiger 900 being produced, they won’t last long either. If you’d like to check out more on the bikes and how the shooting went with them, you can read more, see more photos, and check out “behind-the-scenes” video footage of the shoot with the bikes at their special page for the movie and machines here:

Triumph Motorcycles

The movie is in theaters, so go check it out! Getting our tickets for an upcoming showing ourselves!

Rob

*Information provided and photos sourced by Triumph Motorcycles.

None the worse for wear. Photos by Triumph Motorcycles.

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