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1992 Lamborghini Diablo from 'Die Another Day' up for sale (Pierce Brosnan not included)

James Bond film "Die Another Day" featured a number of desirable cars.

Photo courtesy of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc.

In the 2002 film "Die Another Day" Pierce Brosnan, as James Bond, is tasked with locating a mole inside the British intelligence community who betrayed him. The film, and the roster of vehicles in it, proved to be a hit with audiences.

One of the vehicles featured in the Bond production is a 1992 Lamborghini Diablo. Well, not a full Diablo. You see, Eon Productions, the company that makes the Bond franchise, purchased just a shell of the vehicle. The model is first seen by audiences when troops under the command of Colonel Tan-Sun Moon (Will Yun Lee) are cleaning the vehicle alongside a Ferrari F355 Berlinetta, Porsche 911 Carrera, Mercedes-Benz SL, Ford GT40 and Jaguar XKR, according to Fandom.com.

1992 Lamborghini Diablo from 'Die Another Day' In the movie, Bond (and a few cars) escape a plane crash.Photo courtesy of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc.

Bond, who is being held captive, eventually escapes, but the Porsche does not, falling victim to the antics of the spy. Later in the film, the cars are seen in the cargo hold of Gustav Graves (Toby Stephens), the alter ego of Moon. With Bond in hot pursuit, Moon, from aboard his plane, reveals that he plans to use the Icarus satellite to cut a path through the Korean Demilitarized Zone that would allow North Korea to invade South Korea.

Graves's plan is foiled by Bond to attempts to shoot him, only to pierce a hole in the fuselage of the plane. A series of struggles ensues and the Icarus beam hits the plane further injuring it. Graves attempts to escape but before he can, Bond pulls his parachute open, which pulls Graves out of the plane and into one of the engines. Bond escapes, relatively unscathed.

While the Diablo didn't survive in the film's plot line, landing in a field in South Korea along with the Ferrari, but it did survive the filming itself.

It now is being sold by Beverly Hills Car Club for $119,500 after being sold by the studio in 2002 for $25,000.

1992 Lamborghini Diablo from 'Die Another Day' The shell has been equipped to a proper V12 engine and other components.Photo courtesy of Beverly Hills Car Club

The European spec model has a Diable Rosso red paint job and a black interior with red piping. The odometer as 45,205 miles on it and the Carfax report comes back clean. It is powered by a 5.7-liter V12 engine that is paired with a five-speed manual transmission. It has power windows, four-wheel disc brakes, and OZ racing staggered wheels.

The seller reveals that the clutch will need to be replaced.

It comes with an invoice from Eon Productions that includes a VIN that matches the vehicle being sold.

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Special edition Land Rover

Special Land Rover Defender stars in new James Bond film

The special Defender features several 007-inspired touches.

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James Bond and British vehicles go together like bread and butter. The spy's most well-known rides come from Aston Martin, but Land Rover isn't sitting out on the action. The 25th film in the Bond series, No Time To Die, premiers in just a few weeks, and with it, a new special edition Land Rover Defender. Land Rover's SV Bespoke division created the special Defender, which in addition to making an appearance on the silver screen, will be on sale for a limited run to 300 lucky Bond fans willing to shell out the cash.


2022 Land Rover Defender V8 Bond Edition The Defender gets exclusive infotainment animations.Land Rover


The villainous Defender is powered by a supercharged 5.0-liter V8 that produces 518 horsepower and 461 pound-feet of torque. An eight-speed automatic transmission is standard, and Land Rover says the powertrain is strong enough to push the hefty off-roader to 60 mph from a stop in just 5.1 seconds. The V8 is a recent addition to the Defender line, and comes paired here with unique suspension and transmission tuning, bespoke spring and damper rates, and a new electronic active rear differential.



2022 Land Rover Defender V8 Bond Edition The 007 Defender V8 get special puddle lights.Land Rover


Unique touches to the 007 Defender include "Defender 007" treadplates, special infotainment animations, and "007" exterior puddle lamps. The interior will get a laser-etched detail plate to denote its number among the 300 vehicles. No Time To Die will feature the Defender front and center, but it's not the only Land Rover in the film. Two Range Rover Sport SVR SUVs will also make an appearance, along with a Range Rover Classic and a Land Rover Series III.


2022 Land Rover Defender V8 Bond Edition You'll need to be really into Bond to truly appreciate the special Defender.Land Rover


If you're more interested in seeing the Defender's time on screen than you are in getting behind the wheel, it hits theaters in the U.S. starting on October 8, 2021. The film will be the fifth and final movie to feature Daniel Craig as Bond. However, if you're really excited about the Defender, get ready to pay up. Prices start at $114,600 and supplies are extremely limited.

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Lamborghini is accelerating its path toward an all-electric future.

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Lamborghini plans to electrify its lineup and now we know how fast that process will be going and what the company won't be focusing on. In a presentation, Stephan Winkelmann, President and CEO of Automobili Lamborghini, detailed that the super luxury automaker will "focus continually on identifying technologies and solutions that guarantee top performance and driving dynamics" rather than fuel economy. Those words are magic to enthusiasts ears.

"Lamborghini's electrification plan is a newly-plotted course, necessary in the context of a radically-changing world, where we want to make our contribution by continuing to reduce environmental impact through concrete projects," said Winkelmann. "Our response is a plan with a 360 degree approach, encompassing our products and our Sant'Agata Bolognese location, taking us towards a more sustainable future while always remaining faithful to our DNA."

The three-phase approach to electrification starts this year. From 2021 to 2022, Lamborghini will focus on "presenting models paying tribute to the company's recent period of continuous success". Expect two new cars in the V12 model line-up to be announced this year.

By the end of 2024, the hybrid transition for the automaker will be well underway. In 2023 Lamborghini will launch its first hybrid series production car and by the end of 2024, the entire range will be electrified. The company's internal target for this phase is to reduce product carbon dioxide emissions by 50 percent by the beginning of 2025.

In this second phase, Lamborghini is committed to keeping the drive experience in focus as well as the application of carbon fiber materials, which the company sees as crucial in developing their new product lineup.

Lamborghini is committing to bringing the company's first fully-electric car to the market in the second half of the 2020s with a number of electric vehicles on the horizon. The automaker expects to introduce a fourth model.

The automaker has initiated an investment of 1.5 billion euros to create the pathway to electrification. The money will be spent over four years time.

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