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What does James Bond have in common with Ghostbusters, Steve McQueen with Marty McFly (aside from Scottish heritage), Bumblebee with Austin Powers and Paul Walker with Mr Bean?
The 2016 Paris motor show would you believe, with the mysterious Hall 8 hiding a dimly-lit exhibition of famous cars from the big and small screen. Not all were the real deal, but those that were more than made up for those that weren't. Here are the best according to our eyes.
What movie car exhibition would be complete without a few Bond vehicles? The Paris exhibit went straight to the top of the list with the DB10 created for the most recent Spectre Bond film, plus Daniel Craig's DBS that was destroyed by former Stig Ben Collins in Quantum of Solace. Also on show was a mockup of the 2CV driven by Roger Moore in For Your Eyes Only. We say mockup because it certainly didn't have 007 logos on its sides for the movie, and we hope the real thing had slightly more believable bullet holes than the adhesive ones of the display car.
Your author has never seen The Mentalist, but learning that former E-Street star Simon Baker's character Patrick Jane drove a Citroen DS might push it onto my watch list. And what a lovely opportunity to publish an example of Citroen's most iconic model.
If you're old enough to remember the 1980s TV series Columbo, you'll remember how crappy his car was. This crappy 403 Cabriolet doesn't appear to be the actual TV car, but is in a similar condition to the obscure-for-America French convertible driven by Peter Falk's eccentric character.
Austin's most famous car was the Union Jack-coated E-Type, but the matching-hued XK8 from The Spy Who Shagged Me sequel had a similar impact. This example is missing the SWINGER number plates and has the wrong wheels, but stood out like a buttered crumpet among the baguettes at the show.
The real Sally Carrera was a cartoon animation, but Pixar built this real-life example from a 996 Porsche 911 to help promote the original film in 2006. With a raised roof, shortened nose and shortened wheelbase, Sally took more work than you'd think.
Not the try-hard 80s Cadillac hearse from the recent remake, this 1959 Cadillac Miller-Meteor ambulance is a faithful recreation of the example used in the original Ghostbusters movie in 1984.
The Plymouth Fury from Stephen King's movie Christine liked to kill people. This one just looks great.
Someone's gone to a lot of trouble in creating this replica of the DeLorean used for Back To The Future 2, which is replete with Flux Capacitor and Mr Fusion in the back.
Also faithful to the original was this K.I.T.T.-spec Pontiac Firebird made famous by the 1980s David Hasselhoff series Knight Rider. This one had everything from the nose scanner to the fully kitted-out (snap) interior. We didn't touch Turboboost.
This is either an unused actual movie car or someone's a very sad Jurassic Park tragic. This square-headlight Jeep YJ Wrangler in Jurassic Park garb was immaculately presented, with no sign of any Dilophosaurus stains.
Before he drove through a tunnel, Bumblebee was a beaten up second-gen Chevrolet Camaro that famously had Megan Fox tinker under his bonnet. He then became the concept version of the fifth-generation Camaro (with the skinny door mirrors). The earlier version on show is a faithful recreation of the movie-cars patina, but the fifth-gen Camaro was actually a Bumblebee Camaro road car (with aftermarket skinny door mirrors) built to commemorate GM's involvement with the franchise.
The actual 1967 Mustang GT fastbacks used in Steve McQueen's Bullitt weren't particularly beautiful after filming wrapped, but this example was faithful to the movie car down to its pony-less grille, torque thrust wheels, SUV-like ride height and Highland Green paintwork.
Also a little clean to be real was this 1969 Dodge Charger done up in the style of the General Lee from the 1980s TV series The Dukes of Hazzard. It had all the right details though, aside from the doors that didn't look like they'd been welded shut.
These could be the real deal, as we're hoping nobody went to the trouble of doing such grotesque things to a Supra, just to look like Paul Walker's. The Buick Grand National was a bit rough and ready like a real movie car, and even had a roll cage fitted. That's a cardboard Vin Diesel in the driver's seat though.
Who knows if this 1963 Beetle is the real deal given how many knock offs have been made over the years, but any Herbie replica brings a smile to our faces.
Steve McQueen made a movie about the Le Mans 24hr race, but he also drove in the 1970 race while filming it. Here is the actual #48 car he drove with August Deutsch.
There were plenty of other impressive artefacts from French programs and movies unfamiliar to us, so here's the best of them for the sake of inclusion.