By Annabelle Smyth
Many movies feature exotic, beautiful cars. Unfortunately, these vehicles are often destined to end up in the scrap heap after being destroyed in an action scene or a car cash. Here are some of the most beautiful cars to be destroyed in movies.
The BMW Z8 in “The World is Not Enough” (1999) – The James Bond series is known for its fancy cars and the unfortunate fates that most of those vehicles experience. In this installment, James Bond drives a specially modified BMW throughout the film. Unfortunately, a battle with chainsaw-equipped helicopters ends with his splendid vehicle cut into pieces.
The Lamborghini Murcielago in “The Dark Knight” (2008) – When an employee of Wayne Enterprises named Reese deduces Batman’s true identity, and attempts to blackmail him, the Joker threatens to blow up a hospital if the man is not killed. Bruce Wayne crashes his car to save Reese from harm.
1961 Ferrari in “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” (1986) - Ferris Bueller takes his depressed best friend Cameron on a trip through Chicago in Cameron’s dad’s Ferrari. Cameron expresses concerns about the car getting scratched throughout the film, but is unable to stop Ferris from using it. Perhaps Cameron should have tried a simple tire removal. The car is returned home intact, but Cameron later destroys it while ranting against his emotionally abusive father.
The 1958 Plymouth Fury used in “Christine” (1983) – The movie adaption of the Stephen King novel used this appropriately named red car to “perform” as the ominous Christine, a maliciously evil car that brutally murders anyone who mistreats her owner, Arnie. His friends eventually realize that the car is evil and try to disable it. Christine is finally destroyed in a junkyard, ending her reign of terror.
The Aston Martin DB9 in “Casino Royale” (2006) – Another classic Bond car meets yet another grisly fate in this installment. Maybe this sort of thing would stop happening if James Bond learned to buy Michelin tires. This time, Bond crashes and flips his car while chasing criminals who have abducted Vesper Lynd.
It would be nice if movie characters learned to take better care of these vehicles, but the odds are that we’ll be seeing many more beautiful cars get destroyed in the future. If it’s any consolation, some of these films used stunt doubles, per se, for the cars they featured. For example, the car seen flying out of the garage in “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” was not actually the Ferrari.