Ford Motor Company Cars in Bond Film Debut in Detroit at Sneak Preview

Nov 21, 2002, 00:00 ET from Ford Motor Company

    DEARBORN, Mich., Nov. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Over the 40 years of James Bond
 films, Bond has never run out of ways to defeat his enemies and save the world
 from disaster and destruction.  In Detroit tonight, Bond will help bring that
 heroism a little closer to home -- as the "Agents of Care" present a sneak
 preview and charity fundraiser of MGM Studios and Eon Productions' latest Bond
 Film "Die Another Day," including the Detroit debut of the cars featured in
 the new film.
     The sneak preview will be held at the Palladium Theatre in Birmingham
 tonight, with proceeds benefiting The Children's Center, Haven and LA SED.
 Ford Motor Company is displaying the cars featured in "Die Another Day" on
 site for public viewing beginning at 5:00 pm.
     Pierce Brosnan will again play James Bond in the new film, and is back in
 Ford's crown jewel brand, Aston Martin -- driving the Aston Martin Vanquish
 V12.  Jinx, played by Academy Award(R)-winner Halle Berry will drive the
 coral-colored Limited Edition 007 Ford Thunderbird -- which Ford is making
 available in limited quantities to customers.  The villainous Zao, played by
 Rick Yune, drives a Jaguar XKR.  Other Ford Motor Company vehicles appearing
 in the film include Land Rover Range Rover, Volvo S60 and S80, Ford StreetKa,
 and two classic cars, the Ford Fairlane and the Ford GT.
     Ford Motor Company vehicles have been featured in James Bond films more
 than any other automaker's, making the association the longest one in
 cinematic history.  So when the script for the new James Bond film, MGM
 Pictures and Eon Productions' "Die Another Day," called for characters who jet
 set across the globe, each with his or her own sense of style and purpose, MGM
 called on its long-time associate Ford to outfit these characters with the
 right vehicles.
     Jan Valentic, vice president, Global Marketing, Ford Motor Company, will
 be on hand at the fundraiser to provide information about the cars featured in
 "Die Another Day."  "Not only are we excited to give the public a chance to
 see these special cars, but we're thrilled that consumers can actually go out
 and purchase production vehicles like these from their local
 dealerships -- without the Gatling guns and rockets, of course," said
 Valentic.  "We are producing 700 units of the Limited Edition '007' Ford
 Thunderbird, and are in the process of launching the new 2003 Jaguar XKR.  The
 Aston Martin V12 Vanquish is available to customers, although apparently there
 are enough real-life James Bond types to fill an 18-month waiting list for
 this car."
     Following the charity preview in Detroit, the cars will go on a tour of
 events into 2003.  A tour list is attached.
     About the Cars
     The Aston Martin V12 Vanquish in the film is equipped with 9mm machine
 guns, five heat-seeking missiles, two shotguns and an ejector seat.  The V12
 Vanquish is the most advanced car Aston Martin has ever made, due to the way
 it is engineered and the materials used.  Aston Martin used a special bonded
 aluminum, and the car is hand-assembled akin to a light aircraft manufacturing
 system.  Vanquish is powered by a V12 engine, offering 460 horsepower and
 maximum speed in excess of 190 mph.  The car can go from 0-60 miles per hour
 in 4.5 seconds, or 0-100 mph in under 10 seconds.  Gear changes can happen in
 less than a blink of the eye -- as the car uses fingertip-controlled Formula 1
 style paddles, which enable almost imperceptible gear changes to be completed
 in less than 250 milliseconds.
     The Jaguar XKR, featuring special vehicle modifications for the film, is a
 400-horsepower convertible equipped with a Gatling gun centered behind the
 driver and passenger seats, missiles emerging from the front grille, concealed
 door-mounted rocket launchers and a trunk full of mortar bombs.  The car's
 unique color is the same as the current Jaguar Racing Formula One racing car.
     The Limited Edition "007" Ford Thunderbird has a distinctive Coral paint
 scheme and a unique white leather interior to match the car driven by Berry.
 The Coral paint -- similar to the Sunset Coral hue offered on the 1956
 Thunderbird -- also matches the bikini Berry wears in her role as Jinx.
     Like all 2003 Thunderbirds, the "007" edition also will feature a number
 of performance enhancements, including:
      -- New variable intake camshaft timing for the 3.9-liter DOHC V-8, which
         helps boost horsepower from 252 to 280 while simultaneously improving
         fuel economy.
      -- Electronic throttle control for improved powertrain response and
      -- A SelectShift five-speed automatic transmission that can be shifted
         like a manual transmission but without a clutch.
     About the Charities
     The sneak preview is being sponsored by Elder Automotive Group, Ford Motor
 Company, The Beanstalk Group, Lear Corporation and J. Walter Thompson.
 Honorary Chairpersons include Mr. and Mrs. James O'Connor, Mr. and Mrs. Harold
 Fired and Mr. Joey Harrington.
     The Children's Center: The mission of The Children's Center is to help
 children and families shape their own futures.  Its purpose is to act as a
 safety and support center, with staff and volunteers offering comfort, healing
 and guidance to any child who needs it.
     Haven: Haven is Oakland County's center for the prevention and treatment
 of domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse.  This nonprofit agency
 is dedicated to building violence-free communities, one family at a time.
     LA SED: Latin Americans for Social and Economic Development, Inc. is the
 oldest Hispanic agency in Michigan, whose mission is to "promote the
 social-economic development of the Hispanic community and all residents of
 Southwest Detroit."  Throughout its 34-year history LA SED has been a strong
 and trusted advocate, successfully addressing many critical needs within this
 community.  LA SED programs are designed to provide a comprehensive array of
 services to Detroit residents, while at the same time meeting the specific
 needs that are unique to the ethnically diverse and growing Southwest Detroit
     About "Die Another Day"
     MGM Pictures and Eon Productions' "Die Another Day" is produced by Michael
 G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli and is the 20th film in the James Bond
 franchise, the most successful film series of all time.  Starring Brosnan,
 Berry, Toby Stephens, Rosamund Pike, Yune, John Cleese and Judi Dench, the
 film was directed by Lee Tamahori from a script by Neal Purvis and Robert
 Wade.  The film opens Nov. 22.
     Ford's Bond Car Tour Schedule
      October 1, 2002 through April 30, 2003
      Car display at the Science Museum in London, UK
      October 31 through December 30, 2002
      Car display at Harrods Window in London, UK
      November 26 & 27, 2002
      Car display at the Big Smoke event in New York
      January 2 through 12, 2003
      Car display at the LA Auto Show
      February 7 through 26, 2003
      Car display at the Toronto Auto Show
      June 1 through December 30, 2003
      Car display at the Henry Ford Museum, Dearborn, MI
     NOTE: dates and locations subject to change.
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