Ford Motor Company Cars in Bond Film Debut in Detroit at Sneak Preview
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 refinement. -- 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 community. 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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