Resident Evil Extinction (2011) – Custom BMW K1200R
Even though you may not have watched a single movie of the Resident Evil series, the plot line isn’t especially tough to grab a hold of. The tagline reads “We Have Witnessed The Beginning… We Have Seen The Apocalypse… Now We Face Extinction.” While you’ll probably be able to fill in the blanks, what you need to know is that the main character, Alice, played by Milla Jovovich, rides a custom BMW K1200R through the Nevada Desert and the ruins of Las Vegas. An epic movie, this one.
Tomorrow Never Dies (1997) – BMW R1200C Cruiser
Who could ever forget the scene where Pierce Brosnan, together with a Chinese agent, steals a BMW R1200 and attempts to escape from the villains through the streets of Saigon. The scene featured everything from armed baddies in Range Rovers to a machine gun-wielding chopper. Realistic stunts aside, Mr. Bond eventually jumps right overtop the helicopter on his 1600cc BMW bike and momentarily shakes off the bad guys. Needless to say, the BMW Cruiser became the new ‘must-have’ in the motorcycle industry and still enjoys its ‘Bond factor’ today.
The Great Escape (1963) – Wartime German BMW
Inside every biker’s heart there’s a sore spot reserved for great motorcycle moments in movies. Pictures that come to mind are The World’s Fastest Indian, Easy Rider, and of course, the final scene in The Great Escape. Watching Steve McQueen sprint through the German countryside with baddies right on his heels is, in my opinion, some of the best film ever made. A little known fact is that Steve actually proved too skilled and fast on his bike for the German stuntmen chasing him. This meant McQueen actually doubled as his chasers, essentially chasing himself on camera. Yet another reason why Steve McQueen was the “King of Cool.”
Bangkok Dangerous (2008) – BMW K1200R
In the world’s most over-produced script featuring the world’s biggest sellout actor, Nicolas Cage, Bangkok Dangerous briefly provides some bang for your movie ticket buck when Cage shows off not one, but three BMW K1200Rs – one for every colour that was available in model year 2008. Cage then jumps on and leads a high-speed chase involving lots of traffic and the obligatory Uzi machine gun fire. It doesn’t trump the ‘Shelby GT500 Eleanor scene’ from Cage’s better days, but it does help rectify some of this movie’s wrongs.
Long Way Round (2004) – BMW GS R1200
A cult status mini series featuring Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman who travel from London to New York “the long way round.” But make no mistake, this is anything but a straightforward documentary as they experience and encounter all sorts of unexpected situations and people. In short, they ride 20,000 miles, in 115 days, through 12 countries. I won’t spoil the surprise as to all of the places the end up in, but if you haven’t watched it, you absolutely should. The series spawned a whole new following for BMW Enduro motorcycles, and rightfully so. Make sure to also catch their second journey: The Long Way Down.
While there are a lot more BMW motorcycle movie cameos than we could possibly fit in today’s blog post, we’d like to hear about your favorite Motorrad movie moments from you down below in the comments section!