Magnum P.I. In A Porsche? These Cars Were Understudies In Hollywood History
Ask anyone which car James Bond drove The golden finger and they’ll know it was an Aston Martin DB5. Petrolhead or not, many will be able to identify a vehicle as easily as they could remember the cast and crew. There is more to the automotive industry than meets the eye, however, as many of the car dealings in Hollywood we know and love were very close to never happening.
To many it is common knowledge that Tom Selleck drove a Ferrari 308 GTS Magnum PI However, those who thought that a red Italian supercar was a bit flashy for a private investigator will be happy to know that the producers initially expected TS to drive a Porsche 928. Unfortunately, the car was far too small for its six-foot-four. framework, and the German automaker refused to modify its car for the show.
This meant Ferrari had entered, happy to polish his car to accommodate both Thomas Sullivan Magnum III and his bravado as an investigator. Regardless of his existing automotive stardom, the Prancing Horse has made a name for himself on screen, as has Selleck.
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While Aston Martin’s relationship with the Bond films is as inseparable as peanut butter and jelly, the DB5 was very close to missing its 15 minutes of fame in The golden finger. 007 could easily have been behind the wheel of a 1931 Blower Bentley – in the novels Ian Fleming fleshed out Bond like a lowly head of gasoline, retaining his pride and joy that he kept a secret while serving in the Second World War.
As the story goes, Fleming received a letter from a disgruntled fan, encouraging him to fix Bond with a flashier car. Therefore, he ended up being the proud driver of an Aston DB3 in Goldfinger’s novel ahead of the release of the film starring the DB5.
While these movies had last minute exchanges, we’re lucky that some classics ended the way they did, like Steve McQueen’s Mustang in Bullitt and his Myers Manx beach buggy The Thomas Crown affair.