Movie cars: Rolls Royce, the ultimate in luxury and sophistication

Movie cars: Rolls Royce, the ultimate in luxury and sophistication


Since the first Silver Ghost left the factory in Derby, England, in 1906, Rolls Royce has been synonymous with exclusivity, luxury and perfection. So it is not surprising that the car favored by kings and heads of state – the Presidency of the Republic of Brazil has had a Silver Wraith since 1953, and all the top executives have driven it on special occasions – is a constant presence in the cinema.

It can be strange, yes, the courage, perhaps blasphemous, of directors in destroying Rolls Royces in some productions, such as the Phantom crushed by Black Whip (Mickey Rourke) in Iron Man 2 (2010), or Silver Spirit 1980 and. Yuri Orlov (Nicolas Cage), who just explodes in The Lord of Arms (2005).

Fortunately, at least from what we can see on screen, the hero Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) and the arms dealer had some Rolls Royces in their garage.

Another curiosity about the Rolls Royces of the cinema, which shows how the concept of color changes over time, is that in the first half of the last century the ultra-luxury models were … yellow.

There’s even a saying ‘If it wasn’t for bad taste, what would yellow be?’, but it doesn’t seem to apply to Rolls Royce. On December 31, 1964, the movie Yellow Rolls Royce was released, with three stories of the limousine in the hands of three different owners.

All it takes is a Rolls Royce to star a star-studded film featuring Alain Delon, Rex Harrison, Jeanne Moreau, Shirley MacLaine, George C. Scott, Ingrid Bergman and Omar Sharif. In this case, the movie model is the 1930 Phantom II De Ville.

Jay Gatsby, also known as The Great Gatsby, was played in the 2013 film by Leonardo DiCaprio, and before that, in 1974 by Robert Redford, talking about the most famous production, as there were half a dozen. In the book written by F. Scott Fitzgerald in 1925, the character has a yellow Rolls Royce, model not specified. It would be the only possible vehicle for the newly rich Gatsby.

Robert Redford piloted the 1928 Phamtom I (produced extensively after the book was published). Di Caprio – although it was revealed at the beginning of the filming of the 2013 version that a replica Rolls Royce had been built – appears in the film inside a replica 1934 Duesenberg: a poetic license that for car lovers is a myth. Film production only economy.

There is even a yellow Rolls Royce that did not appear in the film, but is perhaps more famous than the ones in the film: John Lennon’s 1965 Phantom V. When it was given to the beatle, in its year of manufacture, it was white. But in 1967, it became a walking psychedelic work of art. Comments during what Lennon did with the car show that discrimination is not a recent phenomenon.

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