Two Honda CRF250R motorbikes from the set of SKYFALL have been added to the BOND IN MOTION exhibition at the National Motor Museum in the UK. The two motorbikes feature in SKYFALL’s opening sequence which was shot in Istanbul and Adana, Turkey earlier this year.
In total twenty CRF250R machines were heavily adapted and dressed to look like two local motorbikes. One is a Turkish police bike that Patrice (Ola Rapace), seizes after a crash, the other is a Turkish merchant’s bike that Bond uses to pursue Patrice through the streets in a high speed chase. 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 another motorbike could allow 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.”
The SKYFALL “Police” and “Street Merchant’s” bikes, alongside an original Honda CRF250R are on display at the UK’s 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.