Triumph Cars in Movies and on TV
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- Bergerac, BBC television series: very popular in the early eighties, starring John Nettles as a Detective Sergeant called "Bergerac" in Jersey, Channel Islands. He drove a Triumph Roadster all over the island for years.
- "The smallest show on earth", Peter Sellers, Margaret Rutherford and Leslie Phillips. Leslie Phillips drives a Triumph 1800 Roadster in the film, and it features in quite a few scenes.
- Blithe Spirit, There is a pre war (1938/9 approx) dolomite in the film (1945). It appears on 2 or 3 occasions driven by Rex Harrison.
- The Professionals, The first series of "The Professionals" boasts quite an array of London Met.
2500 patrol cars in addition to Lewis Collins' Dolomite Sprint.
- Doctor Who story "SHADA", there is a great shot of a Triumph Estate being driven.
- The Professionals, The first series of "The Professionals" boasts quite an array of London Met. 2500 patrol cars in addition to Lewis Collins' Dolomite Sprint.
- The Sweeney, 2500 Triumph Police car.
- "Heartbeat", The young female doctor in the british TV-series "Heartbeat" drives a light green Herald. This recent producton features lots of other nice cars and some great sixties music as well.
- "The Paper Tiger", Herald 1200 Convertible: driven by David Niven in the 1974 film.
- "Pulp", Triumph Herald 13/60: One appears in the (Maltese-set) 1972 film.
- "Two for the Road", starring Audrey Hepburn and Albert Finney. A red Herald features prominently in about 1/4 of the movie... well, maybe a bit less than that.
- "Loot!", Features heavily as Richard Attenborough's car in the 1970 British comedy.
- "All American Murder", with Christopher Walken and Charlie Schlatter. When Charlie Schlatter visits his girl the first time, in front of the girl's fraternity house you can see a passing Spitfire MkIV or 1500, red.
- "Life is Sweet", TV , a satiric look at family life in London. Portly restaurateur drives Spitfire.
- Monty Python's "and now for something completely different", A white Triumph Spitfire (Mk2) is used during the "upper class twit of the year" competition in which the bowler wearing twit is required to start the car and reverse over the cardboard cut-out of an old woman.
- "Police Acadamy", (i can't remember which one it was). There was a spitfire playing a very important role. the drill sergant was driving through the streets on a motor-cycle, and hit a spitfire from the side, after which he flew head-first into the behind of a horse.
- "Ssssssss", One of the students on the campus drove a blue 1976 Spitfire.
- "Up in smoke", uses 2 triumph spitfires in background footage.
- "Woodstock", there is a spitfire that appears in the Woodstock movie. When they show footage of the massive line of cars stuck in traffic, they slowly pan over an early spitfire with the driver inside waiting to get to woodstock. It is red.
- "The Wraith", A yellow Spitfire 1500 appears in the 1988 movie starring Charlie Sheen, Sharelyn Fenn and Randy Quaid. The car is featured in several scenes, usually parked outside the drive-in restaurant.
- "Young Lovers", starring Peter Fonda and he drives a white Spitfire.
- "Austin Powers 2: The spy who shagged me", Austin and Felicity are dancing in front
of the clothes shop in 1967 and a yellow GT6 drove by in the background.
- "Diamonds are forever", James Bond: RVC 435H, commission number LD14 was driven by Peter Franks the diamond smuggler, until Bond (Sean Connery) took his place at the ferry. Color: Saffron/Saddle Tan, Manual/O'drive. It appeared in various press release photos in 1970 and was 'available for functions'. If you see a Saffron Stag in any films or mag articles from 1970 then it will be this Stag.
The James Bond car was in the hands of an SOC member for the latter part of
the eighties and half the nineties (stored in the London area) but was then
sold to a museum in the Lake District called 'The Car's the Star' where it
resided until - In Sept 1998, San Francisco Bond addict Ajose Carpio paid $35,000 for the
Triumph Stag from the 1971 film Diamonds Are Forever.
- Hazzell, British TV series Hazzell shown in the seventies in which an
American private detective based in London ('James Hazzell') drove an emerald green Stag.
- "Mr Bean, mini Golf all around town", a white Stag swans across the scene outside the green grocers shop.
- "My beautiful Launderette", starring role for a white Stag
- "Straw Dogs", 71 UK film starring Dustin Hoffman and Susan George.
This movie is pretty obnoxious, and seems to have been banned in the UK for
a time, but prominently features a Stag. My memory is that in one scene,
Duston H. jumps into it without opening a door while the car is underway,
seemingly without using a stunt double.
- "The Final chase", an Australian film, It was a white MK1. Registration number "STAG 50". The film starts with a guy taking the Stag out for a testdrive while the salesman cringes at his mad driving. The rev. counter is shown touching 6000 and after bouncing the Stag off a couple of parked cars the "customer" runs off leaving the salesman to deal with the police officer who's just ridden up on his motorcycle! I don't know how the file ends. I only kept that bit.
- "They Only Kill Their Masters", 72 TV movie. It
starred James Garner, Hal Holbrook, and a host of other familiar '70s
actors/actresses. The Stag was Damson (?), top down, white racing stripe down the driver's side. (Movie took place in California, I believe...). The V8 sound was there, but subdued. Final appearance of the car was 10-20 minutes later when it was towed away. (Nothing broken. Owner dead in the story.) The movie was written by a man named Lane Slate who is tragedically no long with us who owned two Stags. He lived in Arizona and Walter Holliday serviced them both.
- Episode of "The Sweeney" called "Latin Lady"brown Stag, RVC 425H, in the opening shots of an
episode of "The Sweeney" called "Latin Lady". It started 4 Dec 1998, at 8:00 PM on Channel 5 (in the UK).
- "TV News Report", A Stag that was used to transport Prince Charles and Princess Diana around Gibraltor during their honeymoon. If I remember correctly the 'T' bar was removed to allow the crowds a better view of the couple.
- "Turkish delight" Dutch movie from 1972. Stag as the cars of the doctor's friend and several Triumph 2500 as by passers.
- The Big Bluff - 1955starring John Bromfield and Martha Vickers.
Throughout the whole movie and main character is driving his white TR2 from
place to place.
- "Return of the Pink Panther", .The guy that takes Clouseau's coat, gloves, and hat walks out of the hotel lobby, gets in the Triumph and drives off. Cool because this movie is from 1975, that car is at least 13 years old.
- "Carry On Constable", Leslie Phillips' girlfriend drives a TR3A.
- "Diner", Kevin Bacon and Mickey Rourke. A movie about some guys in 1959 exhibiting typical post high school immaturity in their personal lives with women. Opening scenes show the TR3A on it's side in a gag accident. Driven throughout the film by Bacon. Featuring John Lye's TR3A.
- "La dolce vita", Marcello Mastrojani's now cult movie,
with some good pictures and sound of a TR 3. I was impressed the contrast between parking lot of modern hospital and a bit classical TR3A.
- Goodbye Again, with Tony Perkins and Ingrid Bergman
- "Leave it to Beaver" In one of the old "Leave it to Beaver" episodes, Wally and Eddie climb into the back of a Triumph TR3 with wire wheels. Of course, this was one of the episodes in which Wally and Eddie were in high school. I have a list of all the episodes but I am still trying to figure out which episode contains the Triumph.
- "TITUS", the show TITUS on foxed featured a blue TR3A on last nights episode.He was having a high school flashback and used his dads TR to impress his future girlfriend. The car was featured for most of the show.
- Two for the road, Albert Finley and Audrey Hepburn drove one
- "Viva Las Vegas", Elvis Presley movie in which Ann Margret drives up
in a TR-3. She looks so good no one ever notices the car. It's a white
on and sounds awesome as she drives away in it. It's at the very
begining of the movie and appears for a short time much later
- "Wait Until Dark", starring Audry Hepburn as the blind girl from about 1960 or so. It has been some time since I last say the movie but it appears in a scene when a neighbor from Hepburn's apartment is leaving to go skiing and they are out on the street as he loads up.
- "The Wonder Years", US TV series has some great "still" and "moving" footage of a red "3" with chrome wires. It seems like it belongs to the father of a romantic interest of the lead character Kevin Arnald. Kevin is feeling bad about the romance, he is walking through the park, the father drives up in the 3, gets out they have a quick "heart-to-heart" about women while the 3 sits gleaming in the background. They wrap it up, the dad gets back in the car, and spins off - chrome wires sparkling like diamonds while Kevin waxes philosophicly about growing up in the '60s. There are a number of extensive Wonder Years web sites. I'll bet that a quick email to one of them and a reference to a good front and side shot of a 3.
- "Perry Mason" episode, I recently saw an old "Perry Mason" episode with Werner Klemperer ( Colonel Klink in the "Hogan's Heroes" series ) as guest star. If memory serves, his character had rather expensive tastes. His car ? A gleaming white TR3 , of course. I'm sorry that I cannot remember the name of the episode, but I am quite sure that it was from the first few years of the series run.
- "Austin Powers", TR4A
- "Echappement libre", 1964 with Jean-Paul Belmondo, a TR4 is almost the hero. All the body is in gold and it is used by a smuggler to to go through
customs with this gold.
- "Faster Pussycat, Kill Kill", 1964 (now cult) film.
- "Goodbye Girl", with Charles Grodin and Cybil Shepard had Grodin driving a TR4A.
- "The Heartbreak Kid", a late 60's or early 70's movie. Cybill Sheperd was in this one. A TR4 or TR4A was in several scenes driving a newlywed couple down to Florida.
- "Help?", Beatles film
- "Herbie, the Love Bug"( the original), Racing a wedgewood blue TR4A.
- "Karate Kid II", TR4A.
- "Martian show", In the clip Bill Bixby is driving on a country road in his TR4 (1963?, the show ran from 1963-1966) and he finds Ray Walston and the space ship. I haven't seen the re-runs in decades but I suspect there are other shots of the car during the first season!
- "Moonlighting", In the pilot movie for the TV show "Moonlighting" with Cybil Shepard and
Bruce Willis there is a TR4. It is driven by a bad guy in a chase scene at night. The show takes place in the 1980's and the TR4 looks pretty rough. The chase happens in the early part of the show.
- "Shattered", by Roman Polanski
- "Speedway", Elvis Presley and Ann Margaret. He's a race driver and she's .... Ann Margaret. In one scene she is driving her red Ferrari and is forced off of a bridge into the water.
The scene cuts to her sitting on the back of a TR4, as it gradually sinks. The car is clearly identifiable by its smaller size, its overall shape and the engine bulge in the hood. At least it's also red.
TR5 / 250
- "Goin' Down the Road", A pathbreaking 1969 (?) Canadian movie about two Nova Scotia losers trying to make it in Toronto. A white TR250
is seen on Yonge St. as 'the boys' are out on the town.
- "The Heartbreak Kid", 68 TR-250 (White I think) used in the 1972 film by Charles Godin & Cybill Shepherd
- B>Man from U.N.C.L.E., they drove either a TR-250
- "Article 99", Kiefer Sutherland plays a doctor at a Veteran's
Hospital driving a TR6.
- "Atomic Train", I watched to see Denver get blasted, but
the special effects were not all that special. After the blast only "old"
cars worked due to EMP frying the computer chips. Guess what car continued to
work? A ratty old TR6! Just kept plugging along even when its driver was toast.
- "Brady Bunch", episode that had a nice 71 or 72 Damson TR-6 with wire wheels. It was driven by the captain of the football team who marcia had a date with until the infamous 'football' in the nose incident.
- "Child Under a Leaf", It was a Canadian made film starring Dyan Cannon. It was filmed in Montreal in the early 70's. She drove a white pre-73 TR6 (high back seats). The car is in almost every outdoor scene, and there is even a chase between a Jag XJ6 and the TR6. Besides that it is a really bad movie.
- Electra glide in blue, Robert Blake plays a motorcycle COP pursuing a brown tr6 on a desert highway early in the movie, clocked at 90mph.
- "Garbage Pail Kids", Horrible movie, but main character drives a black TR6 with grey interior.
- "Love or Money", Tim Daly (Diner, Wings(tv)). The movie was filmed around 1988 and featured a 1970 white TR6 as the lead characters car. It was written by Bart Davis and Michael Zausner. It was my car. It still is my car.
- "Jack's Back", The hero in the cheap thriller "Jack's Back" drives a TR6
- "Mind over Mayhem", 1974 Columbo episode: TR6 was used in a murder
- "Short Circuit", starring Ally Sheedy and Steve Gutenberg (sp?). The film is about a robot that comes to life, and in one scene, as the catering truck drives down a hill, there is a TR6 parked in the background.
- "The Mod Squad", TV Series: TR6 as the main car of one of the cops in the late sixties early seveties tv series the mod squad.
- "The Rookies", black cop of the mid '70's TV show drove a green TR6.
- "Three Men and a Baby", two bad-guys drove a sweet TR6.
- "Sweet Liberty", Alan Alda's girlfriend drives a TR6. The
movie takes place in Williamsburg Virginia
- "Throw Mama from the Train", Billy Crystal drove a '71 TR6
- "The Silent Partner", Elliott Gould: as a lowly bank clerk that embezzled money. It was filmed 1978. Christopher Plummer, Suzanna York and a legion of some well known and not so well known Canadian actors.
- "Who's Harry Crumb", John Candy: Brown TR-6 driving up the hill just at the start of the chase scene. Don't blink, you'll miss it.
- "54" about studio 54 in New York City, The hero who is a bartender/bouncer at 54 meets a chick from the right side of the tracks. He meets her for lunch at a fancy shmancy restaurant and she drives off in a TR6, possibly mimosa yellow.
- Charlie Chan, In one of the episodes of Charlie Chan range date about 1981, showing
extensive moments of a blue TR7 convertible. One of the leading chararcters was Peter Ustinov
- Chips, TV series: In the US serie "Chips" a TR 7 is often seen..
- The New Avengers, TV series: in which lead character Gambit drives a Triumph TR7.
- The Ultimate Christmas Present, (Disney, 2000) This MFTV film features a TR7 convertible (at least one hopes it wasn't a TR8) in the role of Santa's sleigh - with the wheels replaced by runners, and a rocket engine molded into the rear.
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