Explosions, mass destruction, and more explosions are some of the many compelling, larger-than-life cinematography done in movies that really bring in a “wow” factor. With the quality of special effects these days, it can be difficult to discern what is real and what is computer generated. Did that car really jump over that helicopter? Was Alderaan really blown up by the Death Star? Did Tom Cruise really hang on the side of that airplane? By the way, he actually did… In the movie-stunt world, car stunts have been around for long enough to have their own legacy within the silver screen. And with CGI messing with everyone’s judgement these days, we thought it would be fun to point out car stunts that actually happened.
Fair warning: the video clips in this article contain foul language
The Car with the Golden Jump
The James Bond franchise has tons of stunts in it, as we all know. However, one film in particular has one of the best car stunts in the franchise albeit that it’s in what is commonly regarded as one of the worst movies of the franchise. In “The Man with the Golden Gun,” Bond sees that he can get across a river by jumping his car off of a broken bridge and landing on the other end of the bridge. Something everyone has had to do at one time or another. Due to the the bridge being broken, and both ends twisted, his car is spun in a corkscrew effect as he launches off. Of course, Bond pulls it off in style, landing smoothly on the other side. An impressive feat in itself, according to IndieWire.com (IW), the stuntman landed it first try.
You can’t make an article about car stunts and not include one of the most famous (if not the most famous) car-movie franchises of all time. While a lot of the high-flying, fast-paced action may come across as too unbelievable for some audiences, you might be surprised about what the films actually do pull off. In this clip below, drivers are actually towing a vault behind them destroying nearly 200 vehicles, according to IW. That’s a lot of cars to fix for an auto repair Mesa AZ!
The Car Chase Blues
Wait, a comedy movie has a real worthwhile automobile stunt? Well yes, it does. “The Blues Brothers” contains more than one sequence of car action but at around the 2:15 mark in this video is a car pile of car piles that you might not expect to come from a Saturday Night Live spin-off.
Helicopters Die Hard
“Live Free or Die Hard” contains a vehicle collision that even people who aren’t diehard Die Hard fans (just let that sink in for a moment) can enjoy. According to IW, while some elements of these scenes are embellished, such as the guy jumping out of the helicopter, they did actually launch a car into a helicopter. Pretty cool!
We have nothing against CGI here at your Carlife auto repair Mesa AZ, but there will always be something special about automobile stunts that are done for real. We hope you have enjoyed watching these real car stunts. Stay tuned for more on all-things-cars!
Images used under creative commons license – commercial use (3/4/2017) Vladimer Shioshvili (Flickr)