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Pictures: James Bond Casino Royale modified Boeing 747-XXX on show ahead of movie première
By Justin Wastnage
The previously top-secret specially-modified former British Airways (BA) Boeing 747-200 that features in the forthcoming James Bond film Casino Royale has been shown to the public for the first time.
The aircraft, dubbed 747-XXX (which has had two fictional Hollywood registrations, N88892 and N9747P) has been used for filming since the beginning year of the Eon Productions / Sony Pictures Casino Royale, which features Daniel Craig as James Bond in his first mission as a "00" UK special agent. The filming has taken place at Dunsfold Park airfield outside London, which has also been transformed to replicate Miami airport at night for the movie.
The decommissioned 747-200 (formerly G-BDXJ) has been transformed with the two outer engines replaced with outboard wing tanks, while the inner engines have been replaced with mocked-up dual pylon-mounted engine pods under each wing near similar to those initially on the Boeing B-47 Stratojet.
Visitors at this weekend's vintage car and air show, Wings & Wheels, were treated to the first public outing of the aircraft, as pictured below. Spectators described it as "very convincing" not least since its chevron exhaust fairings are very recent.