In the soon-to-be-released film, Need for Speed, the Ford Mustang will earn its 3,000th credit in movies and television programs. Over nearly 50 years, it has appeared in films ranging from Goldfinger and Bullitt to such TV shows as Spencer and Kojak.
Not to be outdone, the Chevy Corvette sports a similarly long resumé, and is rumored to be adding to it with an appearance in the 2014 action film, Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
The truth is, though, there’s nothing unique about cars playing big movie roles. It’s been happening for decades with countless vehicles that are fast, slow, elegant, and ugly. Car chase scenes in such films as Bullitt and The French Connection are now considered classics. And 40 years after its release, automotive buffs still talk about the role of the classic cars in American Graffiti.
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According to movie legend, Aston Martin was initially reluctant to part with its Aston Martin DB5 for the filming of the 1964 James Bond film, Goldfinger. As a result, the producers had to pay for the prototype used in most of the scenes. The vehicle, considered to be the most famous in movie history, provided Bond with an assortment of gadgets, including revolving license plates, a GPS dashboard, armrest controls, smoke screen, oil slick, rear bullet-proof screen, front-wing machine guns and, of course, the ejector seat. (Source: Aston Martin)
The Alfa Romeo's use in "The Graduate" is also a classic. Definitely one of the best stylized uses of a car ever in a film. I can still see him winding his way up to Northern California in search of a girl in my mind. That said, there is only a subtle difference between these two car classics, so I can see why you would think they were the same, JimT.
Thanks for clarifying that, far911. Seems like the BMW switch was just as forgettable as Pierce Brosnan's turn as Bond! ;) (Sorry for people who liked him.) Although wasn't there some other guy after him that was even more forgettable? I think most agree that Sean Connery, Roger Moore and now Daniel Craig make the best Bonds.
Who can forget The California Kid? Or The Prisoner's Lotus?
A jewler in my hometown bought James Bond's Aston Martin and for years after drove it in the local parades, with the shield in back going up and down, and the machine guns popping out of the headlights with a tacky recorded machine gun soundtrack.
Yes, there is probably another collection of the less famous cars ready for comments.
And a lot of those cars had really neat features, and now that I consider it, maybe Bond's car never got dusty, either. But I don't believe that he ran up and down all those dirt roads. The clean "general" is still amazing.
The end may not yet be near, but recent statements by two of the world’s biggest automakers point to the fact that the industry has begun to plan for a dramatic decline in vehicles that are powered solely by internal combustion engines.
At the recent Autodesk Accelerate event in Boston, the director of product development for a niche hypercar firm replied "no, no, no" to three answers he got for what makes a car go faster. What was the right response?
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