Posts from ‘TV/Movie Car’

Mar
26
Simon Templar and Volvo P1800, What did The Saint Drive?

Roger Moore starred as Simon Templar in the popular show The Saint, which ran from 1962-1969 on British TV.

Here’s a question for you: What was Jaguar’s biggest-ever marketing blunder? Many might argue it was the X-Type, a compact sedan that was little more than a Ford Mondeo (called Contour in the U.S.) gilded with a Jaguar grille, curvy sheet metal, and some extra wood and leather inside. By virtually every measure, the X-Type was a flop as a Jaguar, though the wagon version was not without its charms.

Feb
23
The Phantom Thread Bristol 405 Saloon

Instead of a Rolls Royce or Bentley, Phantom Thread producers put wealthy and successful lead character Reynolds Woodcock in a Bristol 405 sedan.

The recently released period-piece drama Phantom Thread is a noteworthy film for many reasons. For starters, it was written and directed by celebrated auteur Paul Thomas Anderson, it’s been nominated for six Academy Awards (including Best Picture and Actor in a Leading Role), and it stars Oscar-winning thespian Daniel Day-Lewis in what Day-Lewis himself says is his last acting performance. For car enthusiasts, however, the film’s Bristol 405 four-door saloon is the real star.

Jan
22
GMC MotorHome

GMC MotorHome

In the large motorhome biz, it is customary for a coachbuilder to purchase a basic chassis and powertrain from a truck maker, and then assemble its end product on that procured rolling framework. That’s how big-name motorhome companies such as Winnebago and Holiday Rambler do it.

Nov
08
Jim Rockford Firebird, Rockford Files

Though they were nowhere near as flashy as the typical “star car,” the no-nonsense Pontiac Firebirds that James Garner drove on The Rockford Files are among the best-loved TV/movie vehicles of all time.

Jim Rockford is the only TV detective with a driving move named for him. The late James Garner, who played Jim Rockford, didn’t invent the reverse 180-degree “J-turn,” but he used it so often in The Rockford Files television series that the maneuver is forever associated with the character. To execute a “Rockford,” Jim Rockford would drive about 35 mph in reverse, then let off the gas, turn the steering wheel sharply, and pull on the emergency brake. The car’s front end would swing around 180 degrees, and Rockford would be off—now driving forward.

Nov
01
Fritz Lang's Metropolis

Everything in Fritz Lang’s epic film Metropolis was carefully considered–even the cars.

No college film course is complete without a serious look at Fritz Lang’s 1927 epic Metropolis. Best known for its pioneering futurism, cutting-edge directing, and dystopian prognostication, the film is a must see for movie lovers.

Apr
17
Kevin Bacon, Footloose, Beetles in Movies

What, exactly, does Kevin Bacon have in common with Clint Eastwood? Read on…

Few film genres employ characters more cookie-cutter and two-dimensional than do Westerns. Generally speaking, the whole good guy/bad guy, cowboys/Indians thing is the stuff of mediocre legend. Anyone who’s watched any Roy Rogers movie knows exactly what I’m talking about.

Nov
16
Star Wars Nissan Rogue

2017 Nissan Rogue: Rogue One Star Wars Limited Editions

LA Auto ShowLOS ANGELES—Nissan is taking movie marketing tie-ins to a whole new level with the latest addition to its compact SUV lineup. In advance of the December 16 release of the latest film in the Star Wars saga–titled “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”–the automaker just unveiled the 2017 Nissan Rogue: Rogue One Star Wars Limited Edition.

Sep
01
Mitsubishi OUtlander Sport Stormtrooper

2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport (left), First Order Stormtrooper helmet (right)

Last year, the nation seemed to collectively lose its mind over the long-awaited return of the Star Wars franchise to movie theaters. Chief among the visual elements of Star Wars: The Force Awakens (and the all-out merchandising blitz that accompanied it) was a stylized Stormtrooper helmet design that deftly brought the look of the original 1977 movie’s helmet up to date for modern audiences.

Jul
05
Columbo's Peugeot, Columbo's car

Columbo’s car got a fair amount of screen time. Do you know the make and model of the rumpled detective’s convertible?

by Jack Stewart

For most of Seventies, NBC broadcast a group of mysteries under the umbrella title of The NBC Mystery Movie. Starting in 1971, the original series rotated Columbo, McMillan and Wife, and McCloud in the same weekly time slot. At the peak of the series, there were NBC Mystery Movies on both Sunday and Wednesday evenings. The three original mysteries were the most popular (Columbo in particular), but there were 14 shows associated with the series before it ended in 1977: Columbo, McCloud, McMillan and Wife, Banacek, Snoop Sisters, Cool Million, Hec Ramsey, Madigan, Faraday and Company, Tenafly, Amy Prentiss, McCoy, Lanigan’s Rabbi, and Quincy, M.E. A few of the shows prominently featured interesting cars. Here are our favorites:

 

Jun
16
Adam 12 TV Show, Cars of Adam 12

The TV police patrol team of Malloy and Reed enjoyed the services of several different cars during the run of Adam 12.

If you’re a car guy of a certain age, chances are you have fond memories of the original Adam 12 TV series. The half-hour police drama ran between 1968 and 1975, following veteran LAPD patrol officer Pete Malloy (played by Martin Milner) and junior partner Jim Reed (played by Kent McCord) as they went about their job to protect and serve the citizens of Los Angeles. Cars of Adam 12.

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