Casting cars in the movie: the good, the bad and the ridiculous

WHow can we forget the Jaguar E-Type led by James Bond in gold finger? I can think of one person: Sir William Lyons, founder and president of Jaguar, who refused to lend three types of E-Types to Cubby Broccoli’s production staff. As short-sighted as that may appear today, he was quite in line with the character of Sir William; He understood better than anyone that the Jaguar’s superiority over its contemporary British rivals largely depended on price and value, so he was keeping a close eye on every penny. His corner-cutting habits caused many Jag owners to suffer on the road; They’ve also cost his brand what could be the most iconic pairing of car and character in film history. gold finger DB5 didn’t just catch the eye; He has brought customers and investors to Aston Martin again and again in the decades since.

The art and business of auto molding has come a long way since then, to put it mildly. Today’s “car stars” are usually the result of extensive and costly product placement efforts. That was certainly the case when Mr. Bond became a BMW driver during the 1990s. Then the franchise went to Ford, who bought my two Aston Martins And Jaguar brands are sleepy English owners and have been eager to show off their newest irons (Vanquish and XK8, respectively), in Die another day.

It’s not always that complicated. Cars can be chosen almost at random by producers who have no idea whether the character they put behind the wheel is reasonably able to withstand (or operate) the car in question, can be supplied by a cast member, or can appear on Silver screen thanks to Happy Accident. Here are some examples of when things went right – and when they didn’t.

The good:

steve mcqueen and the mustang, bulit

Few casting options were as ingenious as the dark green four-speed Mustang GT driven by Frank Bullitt. It is a car that a police officer can afford and reasonably choose. She looked sloppy and respectfully worn out in the movie. Most of all, it was awesome, just like McQueen the San Francisco Police Inspector endured unacceptably well.

James Garner and the Firebirds, Rockford files

We’re not too far from the Bullitt brand here: Jim Rockford is a tough, cool fellow who sometimes needs to chase a bad guy, so he bought a 400 cubic inch V-8 Firebird. Choosing the cheapest, least aggressive Esprit was pure brilliance because in that era Trans Am and Formula were much more expensive than the Esprit. They were also a bit flashy and sparkly, something that wouldn’t work for a particular eye. Somewhat ironically, the cars used on the show would have to be mechanically upgraded to Formula specifications in order to be able to perform the thrilling driving. Everything is finally believed.

Skipp Sudduth and Audi S8, ronin

“Something very fast, Audi S8. something can Shove a little.“With these words, the rootless crew of mercenaries led by Robert De Niro and Jean Reno has set up a true star for an unexpected 340-horsepower four-wheel drive champ. highway storm. Driven by Larry, the cheerful and ultimately doomed professional driver, Audi was more than capable of handling opponents driven Citrones and Peugeots. and while ronin Often cited for having the audacity to run a BMW M5 through the tunnel that killed Princess Di, most viewers went remembering the cute black Audi above all the other cool cars in the movie.


Val Kilmer and Volvo S70, the Saint

British TV the Saint Roger Moore was at the height of his career behind the wheel of the dreamy Volvo P1800 Coupe. When it came to the big screen with Val Kilmer painfully undressed, Volvo was eager to put its new S70 Coupe in the shoes of the former P1800. Just one problem: Although the P1800 was a rolling work of ’60s art, the C70 was a front-wheel drive that looked nothing in particular. Real-life C70 Coupe owners, who were mostly retirees and women of a certain age, probably never saw the awkward way in which the movie put forth some of the most forgettable Volvo scenes in between… Does anyone remember what happened in the Saint? me too.

Tom Cruise and the Impala in 1963, Some good men

He’s a lazy, tough naval officer who doesn’t care about anything, so why would Tom Cruise’s character drive a 28-year-old Impala? Where does he get the parts? Does he fix it himself? Why does the front of the car look in perfect condition when the rest of the car is so messy? This is a great example of a common vehicle selection mistake: giving the protagonist a “crooked old car” would not actually be up to the task. Visit a Navy base for a while and see what the young officers are driving: The Dodge Charger is usually a very late model with quick parts, not a pile that needs regular chassis lubrication to stay on the road.

Ben Affleck and Jeb Renegade, Batman vs Superman

He’s a billionaire, a crime-fighting vigilante, a man tortured by his inner demons of violent behavior and unfathomable guilt. So it’s only natural that Bruce Wayne would drive a… Jeep Renegade? The cheapest mini-jeep, based on a front-wheel drive Fiat, built in Italy, often spotted in high school parking lots? This was a paid casting at its most unpleasant, and just to get the point home, Jeep offered a “Dawn Of Justice” version based on the movie. Thanks I hate it!

the ugly:

Paul Walker, Teresa, and these two are Mitsubishi, 2 fast 2 furious

the first The Fast and the Furious The movie was a surprising success in good faith, and ultimately made the fourth generation Toyota Supra worth more than the Ferrari that also appeared in the movie. But for the second, Mitsubishi was very involved. The Evolution sedan driven by rogue police officer Brian O’Connor is a great option and is very similar to what people used to use in real street racing. Used by his best friend Roman, the purple Eclipse features a rental powertrain and a series of body modifications that made it look like a clown car? As Teress might say, “I don’t have it, because I am.”

Mark Hamill and Corvette, Corvette Summer

Back in high school, did any of your friends salvage a nearly new Corvette from inexplicable history with a car crusher machine, rebuild it into a highly customized supercar with new body panels and a zillion dollar paint, and then leave it out on the streets of Van Nuys? Maybe not because, in real life, teens don’t do that kind of thing. This did not stop the people who made Corvette Summer. The car is weird looking, the plot is incomprehensible, and Mark Hamill looks like he’s lost in space in most scenes. At least we got a half decent song out of it: Baek’s song Corvette Boomer.

Lindsay Lohan and the ladybug, Herbie: Fully loaded

The original Herbie films were a lot of fun, and capitalized on the emotional appeal that diminutive Volkswagen had to Americans in the 1960s. (By the way, this is something on the US side; the Germans associate the “people’s car” of the first type with poverty and hard times, so the “new beetle” was not successful in the motherland). oh it’s bad. Herbie does some street racing before competing in NASCAR. Naturally, he and Ms. Lohan take the highest step on the podium.

Honorable Mention:


There is no particular “car star” in Spielberg’s dark and disturbing thriller about an Israeli revenge mission, but rarely has there been a film shot in the past that has been this diligent about creating an automobile ecosystem. to watch Munich He experienced the European automobile ecosystem almost first-hand in the 1970s. It could be said that it was a high watermark for driver engagement, innovative engineering, forward-looking design, and Munich He takes it as seriously as he takes a reenactment of the Black September murders. It is highly recommended.
Jack Barroth was born in Brooklyn and lives in Ohio. He’s a pro race car driver, and was a columnist for “Avoidable Communication” road track And I emigrated magazines.

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