Honda (UK) has unveiled its programme of activities surrounding the partnership with the upcoming James Bond film, Skyfall, and today also gives fans a look at behind the scenes footage and images of James Bond riding the modified Honda CRF250R motorbike. Taken from the thrilling opening chase sequence, the footage shows 007 riding the motorbike in a Turkish street market as he pursues henchman, Patrice (Ola Rapace) and reveals the secrets of some of the chase stunts, that are filmed on the rooftops of Istanbul.
Honda’s CRF250R motorcycle proved to be the machine of choice by the 007 film’s action vehicles and stunt crew teams. Twenty of the motorbikes in total were modified courtesy of Chris Corbould’s award-winning Special Effects team for filming, which took place in Istanbul and Adana, Turkey earlier this year.
To support the partnership with Skyfall, in this, the 50th anniversary year for Bond, Honda will be offering one lucky winner and three friends the chance to win a Bond Experience weekend. This stunning prize, which is open to be won until the end of the year, includes a two-night stay at the luxurious Corinthia London hotel dinner at the world famous OXO Tower restaurant with its breathtaking views across London, learning to make 007 styled martinis, a Honda powerboat experience and ‘secret tour’ of London.
This exclusive competition can be entered via a dedicated section on Honda (UK)’s website – www.honda.co.uk/skyfall – as well as a bespoke Facebook tab on Facebook/HondaCarsUK, which will also host the exclusive behind the scenes footage and images from Skyfall.
The footage gives an exclusive behind the scenes snapshot of the film and stunt crew’s preparations for Skyfall, with insider commentary about the thrilling action from Gary Powell, chief stunt co-ordinator. The footage is available to view on Honda’s Facebook page tab at Facebook.com/HondaCarsUK.
The actual ‘Police’ and ‘Street Merchant’ bikes from Skyfall will further feature within the annual exciting Motorcycle Live show at the NEC in Birmingham, from 24 November to 2 December, for visitors to be able to view and pose with, against an iconic Bond backdrop.
Fans should also sign-up to follow Honda (UK) on Twitter @Honda_UK to receive all the latest updates and also not miss out on further opportunities to win some great Skyfall related prizes and experiences between now and the end of the year.
Finally, Honda (UK) will also be hosting a silent auction to win the modified Honda CRF250R used by henchman, Patrice, to escape from Bond in the opening sequence of the film. The auction proceeds will benefit Honda (UK)’s three nominated charities – NSPCC, Greenfingers and Nationwide Association of Blood Bikers (NABB). Further details of this unique opportunity will be announced later in the year via Honda’s Facebook and Twitter channels.
Honda (UK) Corporate Communications Manager, Fiona Cole, said, “At Honda we like to look for innovative ways to showcase our diverse products and engage with our existing customers whilst also reaching out to new audiences and, our association with Skyfall has enabled us to do this. For Honda machines to have been selected as the choice the Bond filmakers is great testament and especially so in this special 50th anniversary year of this hugely popular film franchise.”
To see the versatile Honda CRF250Rs in action and to enjoy the latest Bond adventure, head to see SKYFALL in cinemas from 26 October.
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About Bond / Eon Productions
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