The Top 5 ATV’s in Hollywood
Movies can be memorable for a variety of reasons. Often it is the plot, the acting, or the climactic scenes. Other times, something else steals the show so to speak, like the sleek, ultra modern motorbikes in Tron: Legacy, or the mammoth yet versatile four-wheel drive Batpod in The Dark Knight, or even the fierce-looking ATVs in Mad Max 2.
Yes, that is not a misprint. A few ATVs grabbed a share of the spotlight in Mad Max 2—that is, if you ask ATV enthusiasts. So, in honor of every off-road beauty ever driven on screen, here are 5 movies that made use of ATVs:
Mad Max 2
This post-apocalyptic action film, where Mel Gibson reprises his role as “Mad” Max Rockatansky, was released way back in 1981, and is as action-packed as the original, Mad Max (1979), and the two other films in the franchise: Beyond Thunderdome (1985) and Fury Road (2015). It is also notable to ATV enthusiasts for the various customized Sandrails that feature prominently in the movie.
Mad Max: Fury Road
This all-action post-Apocalyptic film starring Tom Hardy is, like its predecessors, one intense thrill ride full of chases and crashes, lots and lots of explosions, and vehicular manslaughter. It also makes use of specialized off-road ATV buggies that perfectly complement the bevy of intimidating vehicles that waged all-out war for a solid 2 hours. Just a quick tangent: A man who fancies himself as Mad Max was arrested in San Bernardino, California for possession of a sawed-off shotgun, brass knuckles, and two large knives, all while riding an ATV!
Cradle 2 the Grave
Jet Li, DMX, and a whole lot of action. What’s not to like about this 2003 movie? Oh, one of the stars of Cradle 2 the Grave happens to be a Yamaha YFM 660 R (for our opinion on the Yamaha 700 R click here), which DMX coolly rode in one particularly memorable chase scene. That’s right DMX on an ATV. How cool is that, right?
The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
This 2015 American action-comedy film based on a television series that ran in 1964 and stars Henry Cavill, whose most famous role is, of course, as Superman in the DC extended universe. While the acting may be top notch, a pair of custom-built Sandrails are the absolute scene-stealers in The Man from U.N.C.L.E. During the final chase sequence, Cavill’s character drives an ATV across a lake, skimming the vehicle across the surface. The Sandrails are, in a word, gorgeous.
Diamonds Are Forever
Without doubt, the weird-looking ATV that Sean Connery, aka super spy James Bond, rode in the Diamonds Are Forever installment of the 007 franchise is one of the stars of the 1971 film. Bond’s ATV is infamously known as the Moon Buggy, and it was conceptualized by Oscar-winning production designer Ken Adam. Custom-car designer Dean Jeffries built this one-of-a-kind ATV in his California workshop, and it is, in fact, the only one ever built. The fact that Bond rode something that looks like a robot on wheels is no longer surprising considering the secret agent’s penchant for using all sorts of weird contraptions to his advantage. As Lottoland found out in its extensive research on Bond’s fighting techniques and super spy antics, the British agent has used some rather unconventional weapons in his many battles, including hairspray, a parasol, and even a bikini top (also Diamonds are Forever). So no, Bond would never hesitate to use even a strange-looking ATV to do his job.