The Living Daylights “Afghan” Landrover 90 restoration.

Not so much a prop, more of a labor of love. The recent Thunderballs.org hoard of pictures inspired me to write this thread.

TLD is one of my favorite films, and the Afghan sequence at the end is one of the best bits.

Here is one of the Land Rover Defender 90s used in that sequence.

FB611-EB5-A051-4493-9-C06-49-D149-D842-CC.jpg

After filming it was stripped and sold back into the market as a conventional defender. It passed through several owners over the years before turning up in Ireland. A dealer noticed Eon’s name on the registration record, and eventually I purchased it. It’s backstory has been verified with the production company.

C633-B7-E1-438-F-4202-863-C-1-A38-BE565-C46.jpg


Restoration is a tricky subject, and personally I think there is a very simple line. If the object looks similar to its screen presence, albeit weathered and/or damaged, then it should remain largely untouched, save some preservation.

This vehicle looked nothing like the screen image, and therefore I decided to have her professionally and lovingly restored to her screen look.

This entailed rebuilding the armor plating, removing the canopy and having her re-sprayed the correct color. We also painstakingly researched the exact dimensions of the armor “plates”, and the decals and number plates.


A77-A7-E40-31-B3-4809-BD36-B980-BEDA083-A.jpg


There are still things to be finalized - eg the Arabic lettering on the front and back plates, which are impossible to see on the film. There is an artists impression in the magazine for this particular bond vehicle, show below, but it doesn’t look like the screen image to me.

EF2-C8-C1-F-AD70-4-C98-ACA7-B5-B9016-D25-BE.jpg

If anyone has good stills of either plate please let me know. Sadly TLD does not attract the hoards of experts and archivists that other films can boast of, so we’ve been unable to find the correct detailing for the plates.

I hope you consider we’ve done a fair job in re-instating this vehicle to its former glory as a James Bond Car.

Evidence that there were indeed multiple (we think two or three) defenders used for this purpose, is shown in the pics below. The plating on the rear drivers side is clearly different on these screenshots, and so we had to choose one for our restoration. The black and white pic is shows a different vehicle from the other two shots, so our truck, below, matched the vehicle driven my Maryam D’Abo, top right.

9-A441993-0-AA5-46-C7-AD12-0-F5-CBFFF685-B.jpg

We feel we picked the truck that’s seen most, and in particular the one that’s driven onto the c130 by Ms D’Abo.

We believe one of the jeeps didn’t survive as a result of trying the “drop” scene for real, before settling on the fantastic model solution which appears on the film.

325-A6-ADB-6-ADB-444-B-8-FCD-FAF7-BFAE64-EE.jpg

And of course Bond himself drives the truck at the end of the sequence.

A51-F056-C-6-A02-4-C83-834-E-C51-BC178-BB37.jpg


“ I know a great restaurant in Karachi - we can just make dinner”

Comments

  • Gadget MeisterGadget Meister Bicester, OxonPosts: 1,972MI6 Agent
    A true labour of love for TLD. Having seen this vehicle in the flesh, I can attest to the level of detail that has gone into this restoration. Top marks all round. {[]

    HiggyBabe will love this as it features his most favourite Bond :). And it didn’t take as long to lay as the ‘Stoopid Egg’
  • The Bond ExperienceThe Bond Experience Newtown, PAPosts: 5,472Quartermasters
    Absolutely fantastic! And something very different....love your dedication to this!
  • The Bond VivantThe Bond Vivant SeendPosts: 1,126MI6 Agent
    That is incredible! What a wonderful job and story. Hat doffed, sir...
  • Quentin QuigleyQuentin Quigley Terminal One, Hamburg AirportPosts: 962MI6 Agent
    What an interesting and unique project! Impressive research, and AMAZING outcome - love it! {[]

    I made some observations which can help with the number plates, check your inbox mate. -{

    Andrew
    Always have an escape plan. Mine is watching James Bond films.
  • jointhedotsjointhedots Posts: 8MI6 Agent
    ke02eww wrote:
    “ I know a great restaurant in Karachi - we can just make dinner”

    Splendid restoration job. Great story.

    Of course, landing on the road to Karachi does rather make a mockery of the 'nowhere to land' line, necessitating all that parachuting trickery...
  • Aston Martin DBSAston Martin DBS Derbyshire, EnglandPosts: 650MI6 Agent
    Hi.

    As a big fan of TLD I'm so happy to see that this vehicle is now in the ownership of a fan and has been restored to it's onscreen persona.

    Must ask, on here it says that you're in from the USA. Just wondered is that where the vehicle is?

    If so do how did it end up there?

    Or did you import it from Ireland?
    "NEVER SAY NO TO ADVENTURES." Ian Fleming

    Check Out My New Look 007 Blog BOND MISCELLANY
  • Bond Collectors' WeekendsBond Collectors' Weekends Gainesville, Florida USAPosts: 1,654MI6 Agent
    Keeping the vehicle or selling?
    My Utah/Nevada/California DIAMONDS/OCTOPUSSY event is more than half-full after its first week! Join us and see the Event Video!
  • superadosuperado Regent's Park West (CaliforniaPosts: 2,554MI6 Agent
    Kara's slow on the uptake but makes up for it with her guts and mean driving. Congrats on your find and I'm looking forward to the cool restoration once you're done!
    "...the purposeful slant of his striding figure looked dangerous, as if he was making quickly for something bad that was happening further down the street." -SMERSH on 007 dossier photo, Ch. 6 FRWL.....
  • ChriscoopChriscoop Belize Posts: 10,407MI6 Agent
    Fantastic project, great to see posts like this, really well done to you.
    It was either that.....or the priesthood
  • PPK 7.65mmPPK 7.65mm Saratoga Springs NY USAPosts: 1,090MI6 Agent
    Amazing piece! The Living Daylights is one of my favorite films in the series, cannot wait to see how the restoration turns out. Too many screen used vehicles are often not treated with the respect they deserve. It is nice to see the Land Rover is in good hands.
  • ke02ewwke02eww USPosts: 2,064MI6 Agent
    Thanks guys for all,the positive comments.

    I’m done with the restoration, save for sorting the number plates - but a member on here has already been extremely helpful in this regard, spotting things I’d missed on the blue ray, and I intend to implement his discoveries, which will complete her.

    Couple of answers - yes she was imported and that’s how we discovered her history.

    And Matt, everything has a price ...

    So to you, $2million should do it. :)
  • Bond Collectors' WeekendsBond Collectors' Weekends Gainesville, Florida USAPosts: 1,654MI6 Agent
    ke02eww wrote:
    Thanks guys for all,the positive comments.

    I’m done with the restoration, save for sorting the number plates - but a member on here has already been extremely helpful in this regard, spotting things I’d missed on the blue ray, and I intend to implement his discoveries, which will complete her.

    Couple of answers - yes she was imported and that’s how we discovered her history.

    And Matt, everything has a price ...

    So to you, $2million should do it. :)

    I ask because I just placed another vehicle in the Dezer collection, for the new Orlando Auto Museum now underway. I like to help move vehicles to IFF or others if IFF passes...

    Mr. D. can do it, but for not for $2 Million. :)
    My Utah/Nevada/California DIAMONDS/OCTOPUSSY event is more than half-full after its first week! Join us and see the Event Video!
  • ke02ewwke02eww USPosts: 2,064MI6 Agent
    ke02eww wrote:
    Thanks guys for all,the positive comments.

    I’m done with the restoration, save for sorting the number plates - but a member on here has already been extremely helpful in this regard, spotting things I’d missed on the blue ray, and I intend to implement his discoveries, which will complete her.

    Couple of answers - yes she was imported and that’s how we discovered her history.

    And Matt, everything has a price ...

    So to you, $2million should do it. :)

    I ask because I just placed another vehicle in the Dezer collection, for the new Orlando Auto Museum now underway. I like to help move vehicles to IFF or others if IFF passes...

    Mr. D. can do it, but for not for $2 Million. :)

    Phew, I was worried it wasn’t enough.

    And I said that was the price to you Matt.

    There is a different price to Mr D.

    Oh, and I already help move vehicles INSIDE the IFF...


    1-FD956-E4-2138-4-A6-E-905-D-7583-DA332-C83.jpg

    5572-E2-E2-7-EF1-4-B12-99-C7-47-E07-C435-C78.jpg

    A11-FDA38-DCD0-4165-834-C-516488911-B0-E.jpg
  • Rocket99Rocket99 Posts: 4MI6 Agent

    Hello..

    so glad I found you guys and this thread.. I myself have just purchased one of these lost cars.. we are yet to get confirmed but we have painstakingly been watching each clip to see where each rivet was placed and even the shapes of the poor welding which has us pretty 99.9% this was used in many of the close up scenes including inside the Hercules ... when I came across the car she had been put back to almost stock however as she was only the second owner from the guy who bought it from Pinewood who himself is a renowned LR specialist, the seller knew the names and the fact it was stored and not used much and has recently been incon I do have some photos taken at his storage before his friend bought it and hated the look so stripped it. This time locked away I s confirmed by its low miles and the fact the car was covered in flaky Sandy coloured paint. Even the front bumper sections when removed were full of sand. The original seat covers were there but alas none of the panels although the rivet holes were re-riveted so we can see the exact positioning.. I would appreciate any help as I’m at the beginning of this journey


  • Rocket99Rocket99 Posts: 4MI6 Agent

    There was paint everywhere, it just flaked off as it was never prepared right

  • Rocket99Rocket99 Posts: 4MI6 Agent

    Would be great to have your contact at EON, I am waiting for confirmation from LR, what’s the chassis number of yours

Sign In or Register to comment.