APR 23, 2014

Famous Citroens of the big screen

It’s always nice to watch a film and see a classic Citroen crop up at some point. Over the years there have been some memorable films where Citroens were the star vehicles and we thought it’d be fun to list a few in our latest blog.

The Day of the Jackal

The brilliant British-French thriller starring Edward Fox as a hired hitman known as ‘The Jackal’ received plenty of plaudits when it was released in 1973. It still keeps you riveted to the edge of your seat today and it’s a brilliant film to watch if you are a fan of classic Citroens. In the film the Jackal is hired to assassinate the French president Charles de Gualle in the summer of 1963 following a failed attempt on the president’s life back in 1962 by a French underground organisation. They pepper his Citroen DS with machine gun fire but the president escapes, which just goes to show how tough and desirable the DS is!  

The Mean Machine aka The Longest Yard

Burt Reynolds stars as former star pro American footballer who leaves his girlfriend, steals her Citroen SM whilst drunk and is then arrested by the police. He’s thrown in jail where he forms a prisoner team who play a tournament game against the guards. The best part of the film is the car chase at the beginning involving the Citroen SM and the police, be warned though, the car ends up in a watery grave so you might need a few tissues at this point.

For Your Eyes Only

It’s traditional to see James Bond driving an Aston Martin so it made a pleasant change when Roger Moore’s Bond used a yellow 2CV to outrun a team of henchmen instead in this 1981 film. Try as they might, they simply couldn’t catch Bond in his plucky 2CV, the little car was too nimble for them.

Revenge of the Pink Panther  

Another 2CV was used in this classic Peter Seller’s spoof where he stars as the bumbling Inspector Clouseau. The car in question was dubbed ‘The Silver Hornet’ as a homage to ‘The Green Hornet’ from the 1960’s television series, it was silver, had flames painted on the side and massive fake wings on the back. The film is hilarious, we’re not sure about the modifications they made to the 2CV though.

Next time you’re watching a film see how many vintage Citroens you can spot, we think it adds to the enjoyment at Citroen Classics.  

Created on 23rd April 2014
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