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‘James Bond’ driven 1959 Land Rover

The Pick of the Day was formerly owned by actor Daniel Craig, known for his modern movie interpretation of the British spy


The Pick of the Day was formerly owned by actor Daniel Craig, known for his modern movie interpretation of the British spy

How very British can you get?  The Pick of the Day is an example of the most stalwart of British vehicles, a 1959 Land Rover Series II 109 pickup, which was formerly owned by famed British actor Daniel Craig, best-known for his movie portrayal of the most iconic of fictional British spies, James Bond.

Pass the crumpets!

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“This 1959 Land Rover Series II 109 pickup was purchased from the famous actor couple, Daniel Craig and his wife Rachel Weisz/Craig,” according to the private seller in Boise, Idaho, advertising the 4X4 on ClassicCars.com. “Included with the truck is a handwritten letter from the Craigs asking to take care of this truck as they loved it so much.”

Now that’s some kind of high-adventure provenance, the kind that makes you head out into the wilderness in search of a super-villain’s secret lair.  Or if nothing else, rumbling up into the mountains on the worst trails you can find.  Land Rovers are well-known for their ability to surmount all obstacles, just like 007.

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The 109 in the Land Rover’s name signifies the long 109-inch-wheelbase model, as opposed to the standard 88-inch-wheelbase versions.  This one is configured as a rugged 3-seat pickup truck with a tan canvas top covering the bed. 

Power is provided by the original 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine with its 4-speeed manual transmission equipped with a RoverDrive overdrive system for more-relaxed highway driving.  Four-wheel drive comes standard, natch.

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The Landie looks in the photos to be in great condition, with appropriate patina.  The seller says the Craigs’ best wishes for the truck were taken seriously, and it has been well-maintained.

“Since being in their ownership, the truck has been very well taken care of here at Lupo Motors and has undergone a full service, many new seals, paint correction and much more,” the seller says in the ad. “Outside, the truck is finished in the iconic Land Rover Bronze Green color.

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“The rare three-piece wheels are also finished in the dark green color. Accenting this color is the new, tan Exmoor top covering the bed of the truck. Up front you will find the rare and working rope winch complete with authentic Manila rope.”

The interior of the Rover also looks fresh, in the spartan military style of these no-nonsense vehicles.  The odometer shows just 3,091 miles, according to the ad, but there’s no explanation and any prospective buyer would need to inquire why that is.

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The ambitious asking price of $49,995 is at the top of the value range, according to Hagerty’s price guide, which would be questionable if not for the Land Rover being in such fine condition and having been celebrity owned.

Just think of the bragging rights of informing your friends that this English off-roader was once owned and driven by none other than Bond, James Bond.

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day

Bob Golfen
Bob Golfen
Bob Golfen is a longtime automotive writer and editor, focusing on new vehicles, collector cars, car culture and the automotive lifestyle. He is the former automotive writer and editor for The Arizona Republic and SPEED.com, the website for the SPEED motorsports channel. He has written free-lance articles for a number of publications, including Autoweek, The New York Times and Barrett-Jackson auction catalogs. A collector car enthusiast with a wide range of knowledge about the old cars that we all love and desire, Bob enjoys tinkering with archaic machinery. His current obsession is a 1962 Porsche 356 Super coupe.


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