Custom Range Rovers stolen before James Bond shoot

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Land Rover and Bond
Land Rover

Filming for the latest James Bond movie, Spectre, could be delayed after thieves stole nine vehicles that were destined for use in the film, from a garage in Germany.

The luxury cars, five of which were Range Rover Sport models (pictured above), are worth a total of £630,000 and had been specially customised for the 24th instalment of the spy film franchise. They were awaiting transport to a location in the Alps for filming, which is due to commence next week.

The Express reports that German police are struggling to locate the missing cars, and have been unable to find any trace of them or the criminals who stole them.

Land Rover UK issued the following statement in response to the news: "We are aware of the theft of a number of Range Rovers in Dusseldorf, Germany.

"This is a criminal act and the police are carrying out a full investigation."

The theft comes just days after Bond's latest Q-branch supplied wheels were unveiled to the world. The new car, called the DB10 and supplied by Aston Martin, has been created especially for the film, but hints at the design direction of the marque's future road cars.

Spectre is due to be released in cinemas on November 6 2015. Its predecessor, Skyfall, was the most successful film ever at the UK box office, taking in over £100 million.