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Lynx Wildcat helicopters in Skyfall

Skyfall (2012) - marking the 50th anniversary of the James Bond movie franchise, this actioner (directed by Sam Mendes) features CGI of three Agusta Westland AW159 Lynx Wildcat helicopters, that appear suddenly above an island hideout where Bond first captures the villain.

Agusta Westland AW159 helicopters in Skyfall

Merlin transport in Skyfall

In the climactic chapter of this movie, an AW101 Merlin approaches and then flies over the Bond family's old manor/ lodge house in rural Scotland, at dusk, and a henchman on the chopper starts using a heavy machine-gun to blast away at the property.

The picture above is from a visual effects shot with a physical helicopter against a partly fake background. The lake and shoreline are digital but the road and landscape are real.
Agusta Westland AW101 in Skyfall

Skyfall rehearsal flying
helicopter circles Skyfall house

Skyfall behind the scenes
Merlin chopper with AS-355 camera-copter

The transport lands to drop off a gang of bad guys and then gets airborne again to circle the damaged building. The villain's helicopter gunman shoots at our hero's iconic Aston Martin, and the car is blown up.

low flying Merlin helicopter

Skyfall helicopter practice flight

In retaliation, Bond rigs up a gas explosion inside the house that hurls debris into the AW101's cockpit, causing the aircraft to crash, spectacularly, straight into the burning house.

Merlin helicopter on helipad

The veteran movie stunt pilot Marc Wolff is aerial co-ordinator, and he's interview briefly in the blu-ray disc's extras. A Eurocopter AS355-F2 Ecureuil II (TwinStar) was used as the flying camera during the filming of aerial sequences.

AW101 in flight
Skyfall model Merlin

A scale model souvenir of the Merlin helicopter used in Skyfall has been produced as merchandise for this Bond movie.

Agusta Westland AW101 Merlin

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