The first moving picture films were shown by the Lumière brothers in Paris in 1895, but it wasn’t until the mid-1920’s that soundtracks were added. From the earliest days of movie-making, vehicles of all sorts and sizes were used, becoming an integral part of the film itself, such as the capers from the Keystone Cops whose silent movies were made between 1912 and 1917. Hollywood and British film companies embraced the automobile for decades afterwards and eventually cars such as “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” and Herbie from “The Love Bug” took centre stage. And where would Batman be without his Batmobile! And where too, would many films be without a car chase! From Steve McQueen’s Mustang in “Bullitt” to the three Mini Cooper S’s in “The Italian Job” – many of these sequences have become perhaps the most memorable parts of each film. With television really taking off in the 1950’s, series on both sides of the Atlantic featured cars strongly – The Dukes of Hazzard’s Dodge Charger “General Lee” always out-running the local police, and Del Boy’s Reliant Robin an ever-present in “Only Fools and Horses”. But perhaps the most well-known cars have featured in the James Bond films, with Aston Martins epitomising the suave coolness of 007. Featured below are just 50 cars from the worlds of film and television, which no doubt will bring back lots of memories.
JAMES BOND 007 SERIES