I’ve told about Renault’s dullest/worst Opron car before: the Renault 11. So if you want to know more about it’s history check that post from April first.
This Renault 11 however is something special. You notice the absence of it’s roof? Well that’s not just it, it’s not some convertible concept created by ASC. Notice the guy wearing a bow-tie? Who wears bow-ties all the time? Correct: James Bond. This is Bond’s chase scene Renault 11. For those who don’t know how that ended (or what he was chasing)...
So not just a roof-less car, not a rear end either. And Eaglemoss Publications, who created a great series of Bond cars to come along with magazines, thought it was an amazing idea to recreate (half) this car.
And somehow I’ve got great memories about a View to a Kill. It was probably one of the first movies I saw I had to take the train for while is was a kid all by myself. It had Roger Moore as James Bond. It had Christopher Walken as the villain Max Zorin. It had Grace Jones as Zorin’s sidekick. And it had... Tanya Roberts as the Bond girl.
Tanya who? Well, for those who watched That ‘70s Show: Donna’s mum. But 14 years earlier. She was in the final season of Charlie’s Angels as well in her younger years but now I’m really drifting off course.
Actually: At least James Bond did stuff to this car that made it loose it’s roof and rear-end instantly, the regular R11 owner had to drive this car intensively for at least 2 years before stuff falling off or the car breaking in two. These really were terrible.
The entire 5-door Renault 11 used at first was sold at an auction quite some time ago now for 4,200 Pounds. I have no idea if the other two (the roof-less and the rear-less) have survived, can’t remember running into them anywhere (either online or in real life).
The chase-sequence was coördinated by Rémy Julienne, a French stunt driver who consulted/led many Bond movies. Actually all 5 Bond movies directed by John Glen. And Goldeneye. But he probably is best known for his work for The Italian Job.
Eaglemoss Publications wasn’t the first to recreate this one. MBX did choose to make a cast of the entire car just after the release of the movie. But Corgi had the most playable one: That one could either be the 5-door closed R11 or the 2-door/2-wheel plein air edition!
As Eaglemoss Publications is a publisher and not a diecast company production of the diecasts was outsourced to Universal Hobbies. At first as later on they turned to Ixo. This half Renault was the second “Gift Car” subscribers got when they subscribed early. Somehow the lot I bought contains all 3 gift cars but I certainly don’t have all 137 vehicles this series consists of.
And the choice for the R11 for a taxi always intrigued me. As I really can’t remember seeing many R11's as taxi during my holidays in France. Even Google agrees: a Google Image search on “Renault 11 Taxi” results in pictures of the Bond car. And one R11 Taxi. From Madagascar.
Et c’est ça! There’s probably still a future post for the most epic R11, the Turbo. But that one I’d have to find a decent one of first. Ixo and/or Altaya have either a red or white one but these rarely show up at my usual resources. Up until then: Bon Week-End!