Hollywood, with all its glitz and glamour, never fails to surprise the imaginative minds of its moviegoers. And if you’re a car fan, it is most likely that you will appreciate any car that’s specifically designed and conceptualized for a big movie. Here is a rundown of three of the most mind-boggling vehicles ever to be featured first on the Hollywood screen.
The car became popular because of its appearance in the 1977 film The Spy Who Loved Me. It was particularly created for the movie. It was featured in a long chase sequence in Sardinia, Italy. It is best known for its ability to transform from a vehicle into a submarine. It is also particularly named as Wet Nellie in reference to Little Nellie, an autogyro (a type of rotorcraft) that was featured in the James Bond film You Only Live Twice. Little Nellie on the other hand was named after Nellie Wallace, a British music hall star, actress, comedienne, dancer and songwriter.
The Spy Who Loved Me had a $14 million production budget, and performed at the box office with $185.4 million.
The Lexus 2054 is a concept car created for the 2002 Steven Spielberg film Minority Report. It was driven by Hollywood A-list star Tom Cruise in various action sequences. Spielberg himself owns a Lexus car, and requested the car’s designers to make a prototype that would seemingly fit the requirements for the year 2054. The designers came up with a unit that would run on fuel cells and possess advanced features such as a crash-proof structure and biometric security systems. In Minority Report, the vehicle appeared in red. It also made an appearance on the movie The Island in blue color.
The Minority Report earned $358.4 million at the box office, working on a $102 million production budget.
Landspeeders are fictional gravity-defying crafts repeatedly used through the Star Wars movies. They first appeared in Star Wars IV: A New Hope. They use a “repulsorlift” which gives them the ability to travel above a world’s surface. In the movie, Luke Skywalker was seen to be selling his Landspeeder so that he can pay Han Solo to take him, ObiWan Kenobi, R2D2, and C3PO to Alderaan. They also appeared on Star Wars Episodes I to III.
Star Wars IV: A New Hope earned $775 million back in 1977, working on a very small $11 million production budget thereby making it in the roster of the most successful movies of all time.
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