Finding a Land Rover with movie history is difficult enough, but finding one with Bond movie history is even harder — and not only because a number of them were brazenly stolen during the filming of “Spectre.”
One that escaped the clutches of literal Bond villains is this 2014 Defender, one of 10 built for the movie, which will be offered by Bonhams auctions in the U.K. in a matter of days at the upcoming Goodwood Festival of Speed sale. (Admittedly, it’s difficult to be mad at those car thieves since they unwittingly became actual Bond villains).
This Defender was used in the actual filming
This Defender was used in the actual filming and still wears a few scuffs from the stunts performed on screen. Bonhams says that the first owner had his pick of all the screen-seen Defenders. He chose this one since it was “the most significant,” suggesting it had the most screentime. Some of the other Defenders were built for publicity purposes only. Land Rover promoted its vehicles in the film during the film’s release, but had not appeared in stunt scenes.
Bonhams estimates this Defender to bring between $290,000 and $330,000 on auction day. Given the modifications that’s about $200,000 for the truck itself. Another $90,000 to $140,000 for the movie history, which seems plausible. It helps that “Spectre” was one of the better recent Bond films. That this long-lived Defender model is about to be replaced by an all-new version.
As an investment, it certainly has some potential, but we wouldn’t be surprised if the truck lands near the bottom of the estimate, as that’s still a serious chunk of change — Bond movie car chases have somehow become forgettable and ultimately full of over-the-top vehicles.