Scenes from next James Bond’s “Skyfall” movie have leaked on Youtube.
Although the footages and images were actually uploaded on the Internet in March 2012, the news has spread during the Farnborough International Airshow 2012 as the “giant” helicopter flying around Hankley Common, near Elstead, in Surrey, is an AgustaWestland AW101.
At its debut in a 007 action movie, the AW101 is a medium/heavy multi-role helicopter currently operating with several armed forces around the world. Among them, the Royal Air Force, within which the type is known as “Merlin”, a common name used also by the Danish and Portuguese militaries.
Interestingly, the helicopter used by the “bad guys” in “Skyfall” wears a fictional roundel on the typical RAF color scheme.
It’s not the first time some Finmeccanica‘s AgustaWestland helicopters make the news in the United Kingdom: on Jun. 9, an AW139 flew through the London Bridge for a short film which will be shown during the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games
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