Since back in 1971, the German high-end vehicle known worldwide as BMW has remained as an example of automotive ecstasy. When you merge the international allure associated with driving a BMW with the glorious glamour of watching a motion picture, the result is this collection of the best BMW cars ever to appear in movies.
BMW Z8 (E52) – “The World is Not Enough”
The stunning 1999 BMW Z8 (E52) convertible zipped its way across the silver screen in 1999, driven by none other than the classy car aficionado James Bond (Pierce Brosnan) in his 19th spy adventure – “The World is Not Enough.” This was Brosnan’s third James Bond performance out of his four appearance as the world famous international spy of leisure, women, technology and gorgeous automobiles. Unfortunately, for the sake of the car, its sleek elegance was sacrificed for cinematic excitement when it was cut in half by a helicopter carrying saws – normally utilized for slicing trees.
BMW 318i (E46) – “The Bourne Identity”
Matt Damon made his first appearance as the global assassin with amnesia, Jason Bourne, in the 2002 action mystery – “The Bourne Identity.” But it was actually one of Bourne’s enemies that was afforded the pleasure sitting behind the 1998 BMW 318i (E46), adding an element of austere class and extravagance to the identity of this fearsome foe.
BMW 840Ci (E31) – “The Italian Job”
In the 2003 version of the heist adventure film, “The Italian Job”, actor Jason Statham joined an eclectic cast that included: Mark Wahlberg, Mos Def, Charlize Theron, Edward Norton, Seth Green and Donald Sutherland in action-packed plot to snatch gold from an ex-associate. But Statham had the added pleasure of also sharing some screen time with a dark and regal 1997 BMW 840Ci (E31), that would make a dealer in BMW cars very proud. It would be extremely difficult to find an individual finicky enough to resist the opportunity to make such a flamboyant entrance on camera.
BMW 326 “Hannibal Rising”
Gasped Ulliel reprised the role of the serial killer Dr. Hannibal Lecter that was notably presented to the world of cinema first by the British actor Anthony Hopkins in “The Silence of the Lambs”, “Hannibal” and “Red Dragon”. But in the 2007 edition, there is another star in the film – the vintage 1936 BMW 326, with its classy “bug-eyed” headlights and classic aristocratic chassis. This horror story is yet another example of how movies can make marvelous things from the past seem brand new again.