If you were to draw up a list of the world’s most famous cars, it would almost certainly feature James Bond’s Aston Martin DB5. First introduced in Goldfinger (1964) and later reappearing in other Bond films including GoldenEye (1995), Skyfall (2012) and Spectre (2015), the gadget-laden DB5 is synonymous with 007, as well as being the basis for one of the world’s coolest toys in the shape of Corgi’s 1:46-scale replica.
This Sunday, the 89th Academy Awards will honor the actors, actresses, directors, and other critical contributors to the films of the past year. The Oscars are all about rewarding the many artists responsible for the year’s best movies—whether their craft be acting, direction, costume design, music, or any other facet of filmmaking. But, unfortunately, the Academy consistently forgets one important detail:
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I’ve been known to watch the occasional cat video online or to sometimes partake in viewing compilations of motorcycle jump fails. Of course, I’ll waste time on dumb stuff, too, such as online quizzes that serve no purpose other than providing advertisers a place to reach me.
One of those quizzes sucked me in, and I normally wouldn’t share my results or admit that I used valuable work time to complete it, but today, being Friday and all, I’ll make an exception.
The quiz was titled, “Can You Match the Car to the Movie?”
Well, of course I can. I am, after all, a car guy, so I expected a hundred percent. As it turns out, to know your movie cars, it’s also good to know a thing or two about movies.
Which I apparently I don’t.
This weekend I wanted to introduce my kids to something amazing. I thought maybe a hike through the wilderness or a special day at a local swimming pool would be nice as summer winds down, but then something else occurred to me. Something sure to alter their lives and influence their thinking for the rest of their lives.
We watched “Back to the Future.”
I can’t say for sure, but that could be the movie that started my car obsession. It’s why I desperately wanted a Toyota 4×4 pickup as my first car, why I freak out if I see a DeLorean in person and what caused my irrational fear of Libyans driving Volkswagens.
Did I succeed in exposing my children to a life-changing experience with the movie? Yes. Yes, I did.
Remember when the year 2015 seemed far enough in the future that flying cars and elevated “roadways” were a distinct possibility? Heck, I remember the clock switching to 1990 and wondering when the first car would magically elevate from the pavement.
One of the things I’ve found entertaining lately is paying attention to movies set in the not-so-distant future and then laughing at the many depictions of society and the vehicles it uses. If we predicted the future purely through the lens of filmmakers of the past, we would have had spaceships capable of traveling to Jupiter by 2001, transforming robot vehicles by 2005 and sky-roads by 2015.
I’m sure those filmmakers would have been terribly disappointed at the time they made their movies to learn that vehicles would still run on rubber firmly attached to terra firma in the first couple decades of the 2000s. Keep reading for a few of their visions of the future, which in many cases are years that we already call history.