Rolls Royce on the Silver Screen

Phantom-lll-Rolls-Royce-GoldfingerGiven the beauty of these cars, it’s hardly surprising that they appear on screen a lot. Whether they’re driven by vixens or villains, heroes or heroines, a Rolls Royce always brightens up the scene. One of the most obvious places to look for Rolls Royce cars in films is James Bond, the home of luxury cars doing incredible stunts. One of the most memorable is perhaps Goldfinger’s 1937 Phantom III, although we’re also pretty impressed by the Silver Wraith from In Russia with Love, driven by Bond’s ally in Istanbul. The only problem with the cars being in Bond films is that they sometimes meet an ungraceful end, such as the Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow in The World is Not Enough, which plunges into the Caspian Sea, or the 1962 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud that ends up pushed into a lake by May Day in A View to a Kill.

Yet Bond isn’t the only place you can glimpse one of the marque’s gorgeous cars. Sometimes, they turn up in surprising places, such as the hit 1987 comedy Withnail and I. The car in this film is driven by Richard Griffiths and is a custom-made Silver Wraith Sedanca de Ville. Rolls Royce cars also crop up, fittingly, in adventure films, including Lawrence of Arabia and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade alongside true classics like the Great Gatsby. There’s even a film with Rolls Royce in the title: The Yellow Rolls-Royce, made in 1964, which stars Ingrid Bergman and tells the story of three very different people who all own yellow 1930s Rolls Royce Phantom II cars.


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