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Old 18th Jan 2021, 07:30
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Classic Cars in Film

The classic car thread started me thinking, then there was the clip from the Italian Job. I had never seen a Miura before that opening sequence. Instant lust!
There are obvious car clips, Steve McQeen in Bullet perhaps but there are hundreds of others. Which are unforgettable?

Two of mine.

Tuesday Weld wrecking an E type.
The Dop advert with E type. Remember that?
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There was an audible gasp in the movie theatre when this scene was played...

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Bergerac's Triumph Roadster... (assume TV series count!)
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On the Bond theme, I assume no-one’s going to suggest the BMW Z3 in Goldeneye or the 7 Series in The World Is Not Enough?
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Come September (1961)
Rock Hudson,Gina Lollobrigida and Bobby Darin.
Some lovely cars and locations (Italy) and as an added bonus - some high quality technicolor footage of a Bristol Freighter taxying/unloading at the airport.
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Midas Run (1969)
Fred Astaire,Richard Crenna and Anne Heywood.
Fairly typical 60's caper movie -the plot is of course the usual hokum - but some lovely cars and locations and also some really high quality footage of an Invicta Airlines DC4 (G-ASEN) in flight and landing at a smallish airfield.
You might have to put up with Miss Heywood wearing some tight 60's sweaters

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Originally Posted by ChrisVJ View Post
The classic car thread started me thinking, then there was the clip from the Italian Job. I had never seen a Miura before that opening sequence. Instant lust!
There are obvious car clips, Steve McQeen in Bullet perhaps but there are hundreds of others. Which are unforgettable?

Two of mine.

Tuesday Weld wrecking an E type.
The Dop advert with E type. Remember that?
The immaculate white Citroen Traction Avant in the 1981 French film 'Diva' - and when the bad guys blow it up the owner opens the second door of his double garage, and he has another one just the same.
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Grand Prix 1966 for stunning shots of classic cars.
Overlook the obvious acting criticisms etc., and you’ll find plenty of genuinely eye-popping footage.
https://m.imdb.com/title/tt0060472/
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Le Mans Porsche fest.
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Robbery (1967)
Stanley Baker et al
Loosely based on The Great Train Robbery and very nicely filmed too - the robbery scenes were shot at Theddingworth,Leics. (between HusBos and Mkt Harborough) on a recently closed double tracked Line,a very good stand in for the actual robbery location in Buckinghamshire.
The Film Robbers hideout was underneath the Control Tower at ex RAF Graveley near Huntingdon.
The film train is hauled by Class 40 diesel (D318).
There is also some lovely footage of the old Airfield at Graveley.
Lots of lovely 'Classic' cars and vans are included of course.
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Another vote for 'Le Mans" with Steve McQueen et al driving the Porsche 917's in Gulf blue colours. Lovely sounds and dramatic action.
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The Avengers.

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Every Hollywood police movie... it seems every police officer in the USA owns a $100,000+ classic 60's muscle car. It's amazing. They all live in $1,000,000 houses too... more if you are a professor at a university where you get a $10,000,000 house, usually on a lake or ocean front.

One of the best for classic cars is an animated show, Archer. They try to match the car to the characters personality and there are some interesting choices in there.
https://jalopnik.com/the-cars-of-arc...cars-197285485
https://www.gearpatrol.com/cars/a228...on-seven-cars/
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What about Steve McQueen racing about San Francisco. Wasn't the movie Bullitt? Always thought that would be a rather enjoyable layover activity--launching a '60s muscle car up and down the hills.
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Originally Posted by Uncle Fred View Post
What about Steve McQueen racing about San Francisco. Wasn't the movie Bullitt? Always thought that would be a rather enjoyable layover activity--launching a '60s muscle car up and down the hills.
Reportedly, McQueen did all his own stunt driving for Bullitt - he was quite the motorhead. One of the greatest car chases ever filmed.
I consider Le Mans the auto racing equivalent of porn - no plot to speak of, it's all about the act
Grand Prix has phenomenal footage of the F1 cars from that era (not to mention plenty of cameos by the actual drivers). I don't think it's the acting so much as the script that lets it down in that department, but I still love it for the racing footage. Sadly it's no longer available in the original Cinerama wide screen - the Blu Ray has been panned-and-scanned down from the original 3.0 aspect ratio to a 2.2 aspect ratio
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The Avengers.

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Two Elans my liege, an S2 and an S3.

Also Stead's Bentley (several apparently), a Ford GT40 (with [email protected] in front boot), a Lotus Plus Two in at least one episode, Tara King had a Lotus Europa for a while and also a Frua bodied AC428. And there was an electric milk float.

Time to break out those DVDs again....
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The Avengers.

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The Avengers.

Diana Rigg.
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Reportedly, McQueen did all his own stunt driving for Bullitt - he was quite the motorhead. One of the greatest car chases ever filmed.
I heard that director Peter Yates and a cameraman were stuffed in the back seat of the Mustang as McQueen was driving to film some of the sequence which was a bit unnerving - eventually Yates yelled "cut! - we're out of film". McQueen replied "that's nothing, we're out of brakes!"
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For the internal shots from the Mustang, if McQueen is reflected in the Rear View Mirror, he was driving, otherwise not. Also, the actor portraying the driver in the Dodge Charger (Bill Hickman) was actually driving. He was a stunt driver by trade.

More tidbits about the movie can be found here.

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0062765...a?ref_=tt_ql_2

If the link doesn't work, just go to imdb.com and search for Bullitt.
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