Action movies often have car stunts in them. In the old days, such scenes took days to film, mostly because each section had to be painstakingly planned and executed from scratch. These days, thanks to CGI, it is possible to film stunts and add the special effects afterwards. So if the scene requires a few alien spaceships, or even a spectacular plane crash somewhere in the middle of the car chase—no problem.
The Man with the Golden Gun
This particular scene was filmed before the days of CGI, so the fact it works is purely down to the skill of the stunt driver behind the wheel of the battered old orange car. Roger Moore, AKA James Bond, is trying to escape the baddies, so when he spots a broken bridge across the river, he doesn’t think twice about using the remains of the wooden bridge approach to somersault over the water. Apart from the daft sound effect, it’s an effective old-school ramp-to-ramp car jump.
A Mini Adventure
Minis have featured in a few famous cinematic car chases. The Italian Job is one prime example. Who can forget the endless line of minis causing chaos on the streets of Turin? It looked fantastic on the screen and cinema audiences loved it. The humble mini also featured in the Bourne Identity. Jason Bourne takes his glamorous co-star on an action packed car chase around Paris, dodging Gendarmes on motor bikes and evading capture via a long line of unbelievable car stunts.
A James Bond film wouldn’t be complete without a few spectacular car stunts and Casino Royale is no exception to the rule. James is blasting along a lonely stretch of road in his Aston Martin when he spots a lovely lady lying in the road, trussed up like a Christmas turkey. Thankfully, because he’s James Bond and he has lightning reflexes, he is able to swerve just in time. Cue an amazing series somersault rolls down the road, seven in total.
The classic Steve McQueen film, Bullitt, featured a long and dangerous car pursuit through the hilly streets of San Francisco. Steve did much of his own driving in the scenes, which is a far cry from modern films where the studios refuse the let the big names anywhere near the stunts. There were also limited resources, so the cars used in the film had to be reinforced to survive the rigours of jumping off hills and screeching round corners on one wheel. It’s fast and it’s furious, but it is definitely one the best classic car chases captured on film.
The Dukes of Hazzard
Although the iconic 80s series is arguably more famous for Daisy Duke and her teeny tiny shorts, it featured lots of exciting car chases. More often than not, Bo and Luke Duke, driving their famous Dodge Charger, General Lee, ended up being chased by the local cops. Naturally they escaped, leaving a trail of destruction in their wake. Out of 256 replica Dodge Charger cars used during filming, only one survived and was auctioned off in 2011.
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