Farnborough 2012: New James Bond film's helicopter scenes leaked to Youtube

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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David Cenciotti is a journalist based in Rome, Italy. He is the Founder and Editor of “The Aviationist”, one of the world’s most famous and read military aviation blogs. Since 1996, he has written for major worldwide magazines, including Air Forces Monthly, Combat Aircraft, and many others, covering aviation, defense, war, industry, intelligence, crime and cyberwar. He has reported from the U.S., Europe, Australia and Syria, and flown several combat planes with different air forces. He is a former 2nd Lt. of the Italian Air Force, a private pilot and a graduate in Computer Engineering. He has written five books and contributed to many more ones.