Movie vehicles are always something special. Whether it’s the Nissan Skyline from The Fast and the Furious, the Kawasaki GPZ 900 R from Top Gun, the Interceptor from Mad Max or the Harley-Davidson Hydra Glide from Easy Rider. They give films a special touch and often become pop culture phenomena. Double-zero agent James Bond is world-renowned for his fondness for Aston Martins. But in the last Bond strip “No Time to Die” (German: No time to die) a Triumph Scrambler 1200 XE had its big and spectacular appearance at the beginning of the film. She was driven by Daniel Craig and stuntmen. This example was for sale for collectors and film fans at Christie’s auction house as part of a charity drive to celebrate 60 years of James Bond. At the end of September 2022, the famous film triumph was auctioned for 138,600 British pounds – far more than had previously been expected. At the time of the auction, this amount corresponded to around 157,500 euros.
A piece of film history
Triumph and the filmmakers of the last James Bond starring Daniel Craig entered into a cooperation for their blockbuster, which even resulted in a special Triumph Scrambler 1200 model. In the film, the motorcycle is best known for the opening sequence in the city of Matera, in which Bond flees at breakneck speed through the city center from his pursuers and, as a big highlight, performs a gigantic jump over a set of stairs. These scenes were all shot on the exact same Triumph Scrambler 1200 XE that went under the hammer at Christie’s. In its basic features, the machine was not changed: the 1200 cc in-line twin with its 90 hp and 110 Newton meters remained untouched, and the appearance was hardly changed – only rear-view mirrors are missing, and a grille is attached in front of the lamp mask. A sleeker exhaust system made of stainless steel – not street legal – makes a lot of noise. Whether the chassis was also adapted (especially for the big jump) is not known, but it is likely.
No Time to Ride
Christie’s had expected a retail price of between £20,000 and £30,000 (€23,600 – €35,449), which would have been up to €15,000 more than a Triumph Scrambler 1200 XE at the Triumph dealer around the corner. Eventually, those expectations were far exceeded at £138,600. After all, this is a real movie star! In addition, the proceeds from the motorcycle will be donated in full to the Severn Hospice, an English hospice.
However, there is one small catch: the Triumph Scrambler 1200 XE from the film was built purely as a stunt vehicle, which means that this motorcycle does not have a homologation from the Driver Vehicle License Agency (DVLA) in the United Kingdom can not. Approval in Germany would be possible in principle, but associated with retrofitting effort. And it would be formally complicated since the film scrambler is a “bare frame” vehicle. So: more of a case for collectors. However, it is not known who bought the Bond scrambler.
Exactly my thing!
I like the basic version better…
The Triumph Scramber 1200 XE from the James Bond film “No Time to Die” was auctioned in September 2022 for a sensational 138,600 British pounds – far more than expected. The sum was donated to an English hospice, the generous new owner is not known.
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