Tag Archives: The Dark Knight Rises

“Skyfall” Chase Scenes Feature Land Rover, Bring Back Aston Martin DB5

Skyfall, the newest James Bond film starring Daniel Craig, hits theaters today, and there are two questions on moviegoers’ minds. First, how are the Bond girls? Second, what about the cars?

Early reviews of Skyfall had high praise for Ben Collins’ stunt work in the film. Wall Street Journal’s Joe Morgenstern marveled in his review, “Cars don’t usually get applause from movie audiences, though one of Bond’s rides did just that at the screening.” Collins, who previously worked on Quantum of Solace and The Dark Knight Rises, has spoken about his love for the Bond franchise and its famed cars. In Skyfall, he drove a Land Rover through the streets of Istanbul and got behind the wheel of the Aston Martin DB5, or as Collins puts it, set foot on “hallowed ground.”

The Aston Martin DB5 has been featured in Goldfinger, Thunderball, GoldenEye, and Casino Royale. Skyfall will be the car’s fifth appearance in a Bond film. According to Forbes, 1,059 Aston Martin DB5s were produced from 1963 until 1966, and today they are worth hundreds of thousands of dollars. In 2010, a DB5 featured in the Bond film Goldfinger was auctioned off for 2.9 million U.K. pounds or more than $4.6 million. Beyond its movie fame, the car has a top speed of 148 mph and can go from zero to 60 mph in 7.1 seconds.

You can get an early peek of the Aston Martin in Skyfall here:

Readers, we want to hear from you! Are you excited to see the Aston Martin DB5 back in action? Will you be seeing Skyfall this weekend? Leave a comment below, and let us know!

Are you looking for a new or used car? Approved Loan Store wants to help you! Good credit, bad credit, no credit, we will work hard to get you the car you want at terms you can afford! Fill out our secure online auto loan application here, and be sure to like Approved Loan Store on Facebook, follow Approved Loan Store on Twitter, and subscribe to Approved Loan Store on YouTube!

Have Celebrity Car Endorsements Gone Too Far? Batman Reviews Hyundai i30

These days, every car manufacturer is looking for a celebrity to promote their latest, hottest models. Justin Bieber has his chrome Fisker Karma, Charlie Sheen drove a FIAT 500 Abarth through his house in FIAT’s “House Arrest” commercial, and Jerry Seinfeld tried to get his hands on an Acura NSX in last year’s Super Bowl commercial. Recombu Cars, a new source for independent car news and reviews, is taking a new route with the celebrity endorsement and soliciting the opinions of fictional characters.

Their first (and hopefully not last) “celebrity” auto critic is none other than Bruce Wayne’s famous alter-ego, Batman. Recombu Cars’ Rory Reid was filming a typical video review of the Hyundai i30 in Central London when his review was hijacked by the caped crusader. To say that Batman was initially underwhelmed by the i30 is an understatement. When Reid praised the i30’s spacious interior with plenty of room for families, Batman growled, “My parents are dead.”

By the end of the review, though, Batman had softened to the i30 and even begrudgingly asked if it came in black. I still doubt that Batman will pick up the i30 considering how much trouble he had with the voice-activated entertainment center. “Play CD…play CD…swear to CD!”

You can watch the full review below:

At Approved Loan Store, we’re not so sure we would take Batman’s advice in picking out a new car, but our special finance representatives are ready and willing to help you, whether you have a year and model in mind or if you are just starting your car search. Fill out our secure online auto loan application here to get started, and keep up with the latest auto news by liking Approved Loan Store on Facebook, following Approved Loan Store on Twitter, and subscribing to Approved Loan Store on YouTube!

Two-Face Car: State Farm Builds Monster Classic Car

Last weekend, The Dark Knight Rises broke box office records and won critical acclaim as well. America has Batman on the brain, including car enthusiasts, so Jalopnik was very excited to find a classic car rebuilt to resemble one of Batman’s most famous villains.

Harvey Dent, also known as Two-Face, is an iconic villain, and even people who don’t read comic books know Two-Face. One side of his face is handsome, and the other is hideously deformed. Now, State Farm needed a new way to train classic car insurance appraisers so they could tell the difference between a good restoration and a shoddy one. They wanted something that would be memorable for the trainees, so instead of just bringing in a good classic car and a bad classic car, they build a classic car with two “faces.”

On the driver’s side, this 1968 Camaro has been meticulously refinished with an off-white paint job. On the passenger’s side, the car is a patchwork of parts covered in flashy red, white, and blue paint. The brakes, wheels, and cylinder heads don’t match, but the car does its job. Side by side, it isn’t hard to see the difference between the good restoration and the bad restoration.

Unfortunately, there is a bit of a downer for anyone thinking about getting their hands on State Farm’s Frankenstein of classic cars. The “Harvey Dent” car is not exactly built for the road. It can drive well enough to use in training or show off at an auto show, but personally, I wouldn’t feel comfortable driving it out on the road.

Approved Loan Store might not have the “Two-Face” car, but we love to get our customers into the new or used car of their dreams! Good credit, bad credit, no credit, we want to help you! Fill out our secure online auto loan application here, and connect with Approved Loan Store on Facebook, Approved Loan Store on Twitter, and Approved Loan Store on YouTube!

Image Credit: State Farm on Flickr