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The Top 3 Car Stunts in Movie History

Posted on: April 20, 2016 by Platinum Direct

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Since the invention of the car, man has strived to push our four-wheel friends to the absolute limits. We melt their tyres in drag racing, give them ridiculous body modificationsor teeter on the brink of feasible technology in Formula 1. But the nothing shows off the prowess of our motorized companions like nailing a perfect a 360-degree corkscrew off a skyscraper in Singapore.

Car chases are a staple of any action movie worth its weight in burnt rubber, and make up some of the most memorable scenes in movie history. From the classic Bullitt to the diesel-fests of the Fast & Furious series.

A good car chase is essential to up the ante of any thriller that doesn’t want to be described as “psychological”. The combination of screaming tyres and roaring engines, fast-paced action and dramatic slow motion, and a fear for the lives of both the protagonists and the stuntmen filling in for them, is a sure-fire formula for an adrenaline rush.

So if you are looking for a real kick in the ticker, hold you breath and work your way through this list of the greatest car stunts in movie history

The Man With The Golden Gun – 1974

Imagine a Bond film without a car chase and all your left with is one-liners, OTT gadgets and a drunk serial womaniser who has caused more international diplomatic incidents than MI5 has the budget to keep quiet.

So as a genius smokescreen, the makers of Bond have included some of the most beautiful and classic cars ever made – from Goldfinger’s Aston Martin DB5 to Casino Royale’s Aston Martin DBS V12. Oh and The Living Daylights’ Aston Martin V8 Vantage. Despite these cars immense worth and desirability, the film’s makers had no problem with pushing them up to and over the limits.

Rodger Moore’s iconic stand-off with the triple-nippled Scaramanga, played by the late, great Christopher Lee, while world-famous, is winning no awards for its screenplay. So to make up for pointless comic relief characters like Sheriff Pepper, the film-makers decided to include one of the most technical and iconic car stunts of all time.

In the video below, Bond is on the run with Sheriff Pepper across Thailand’s countryside looking for an escape route and things are looking desperate. But wait, what’s this? A broken bridge? You must be crazy Bond!

Full credit should be given to Bumps Willard, the stuntman that managed to pull of this perfect 360 corkscrew in mid-air in only one take. Although it looks pretty impressive, this stunt is actually way harder than it looks – involving incredibly complicated and precise calculations with a perfect entry speed and angle needed to pull it off.

Many others have tried to replicate this stunt, and most have failed, making it worthy as one of

The Blues Brothers – 1980

It might seem odd to give credit to a wacky musical comedy for its motoring choreography, but any film that holds the record for the largest and destructive on-screen pileup deserves a shout-out in my book.

In the film, Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi play two unlikely brothers who try to leave behind their criminal past and are born again, seeking redemption. Not all goes to plan, and they end up with one of the largest car chases ever to grace our screens.

There is actually two fantastic car chases in this film. The first, an explosive and ridiculous chase through an indoor shopping mall, may be the most spectacular, but the its the second chase we are interested in. Seemly hundreds of police cars trail behind the brothers, foiling themselves at every turn. Literally dozens of cop cars fly over each other in an eager pile – scattering bumpers and scrap metal over a Chicago intersection like rice at a wedding.

Fast Five – 2011

No film franchise is more synonymous with jaw-dropping car stunts than the Fast & Furious series. Picking a single stunt from the series (is it 7 movies now? I’ve lost count) is pretty tricky, but Fast Five was a clear turning point in the series where they really put pedal to the metal. The gravity-defying, ludicrous stunts in the video below blow even the death-cheating train heist out of the water.

Leads Paul Walker and Vin Diesel drag a massive safe through the packed streets of Rio, Brazil. Despite most modern films relying heavily on CGI to save the lives of stunt drivers, director Justin Lin showed no such mercy. While some CGI touch ups may have occurred, the majority of this scene is done by expert stunt drivers with real collisions and real carnage. Legend states that over 200 cars were destroyed in the making of this scene that stills stands as a high point of the franchise two films later.

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