Defining the best film cars is harder than tolerating a nauseating chick-flick. Why? Because there are so many magnificent machines to choose from. The Aston Martin DB5, for starters, found fame in the hands of Sean Connery - as James Bond 007 - in Goldfinger (1964). This has revolving registration plates, machine gun headlights, a bullet shield, tyre slashers, and a smoke spray. Pity it lacks a DVD rack for Bond's chick-flick collection. Equally impressive is the Ford Mustang GT Fastback that was thrashed by Steve McQueen in Bullitt (1968). As such, this V8 powered predator starred in one of the most iconic film chases in history. Two Mustang Fastbacks were supplied by Ford – both of which were modified for the purpose. Presumably, Harry Potter's Ford Anglia would have been too slow.
That brings us to a question. Which car suits those who want to steal from a foreign bank? The MINI Cooper S, of course, as thrashed by Michael Caine in the Italian Job (1969). Finished in red white and blue, three MINIs roared through Italy loaded with gold. What a shame they were then thrown from a cliff. Mr Bond would never do that to his Aston Martin DB5. Will Smith has more respect for expensive cars too, as seen in I, Robot (2004). His transport for this adventure is an Audi RSQ Concept that was created for the film. Despite being set in 2035, this coupé is recognised by today's motorists as an Audi. The familiar nose, four circle embalm, and sleek lines ensure that. Still no space for chick-flicks, though.
Perhaps the BMW i8 has DVD storage. This beautifully sculpted concept car was shown a few corners by Tom Cruise in Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol (2011). We first saw this diesel/electric hybrid in 2009 at the Frankfurt Motor Show - and BMW is now preparing for its launch in 2013. I suspect, therefore, that Tom can wave goodbye to those transparent scissor doors. So, perhaps he should swap the BMW i8 for a Chevrolet Camaro as spotted in Transformers (2007). Not only does this have a monstrous 6.2-litre V8 engine, it 'transforms' into a talking yellow robot thing from outer space (or whatever). It is called Bumblebee (or something) and can probably dance (maybe). Either way, still no DVD rack.
By Stephen Turvil
Mon, 13 Aug 2012