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Chauffeur drivers in the movies – which one are you?


The Secret of My Success, a young Michael J. Fox (1987)
Whilst driving the company limousine Fox is seduced by his passenger who just happens to be his boss’s wife. Much innuendo involving steamy windows, door being locked and unlocked, review mirror glances and windscreen wipers ensues.


Mad Max, take your pick between Tom Hardy (2015) or Mel Gibson (1979)
In a post-apocalyptic world drifter Max risks his life for what’s left of humanity by agreeing to take rebel leader Furiosa to her homeland. A death defying journey across a seemingly endless desert whilst being chased by a barbaric gang.
His vehicle might not have all the creature comforts of a typical chauffeur vehicle but he’s definitely invested in advanced defence systems and an evasive driver training course or two. Any chauffeur driver that’s sweated over their fuel consumption with a passenger on-board can appreciate his desire to preserve gasoline.


Parker Thunderbirds, Ron Cook (2004)
Rescued from a life of crime by Lady Penelope, Parker remained a slave to protocol and insisted on following ever communication to her with the words “Me lady.”
His employer was happy to put up with his habit of eaves dropping, presumably because it might be quite difficult to recruit a chauffeur who has both expert safe cracking skills and a pilot’s licence – and no problem driving around in a bright pink car.


Pretty Woman, R. Darrell Hunter (1990)
This flexible and big hearted driver is happy to reroute from the airport to a less than salubrious area of Hollywood so that his passenger, Edward Lewis (Richard Gere) can spontaneously declare his love for former call girl Vivian Ward (Julia Roberts.)
To attract the heroine’s attention Hunter honks his horn and blares opera out of the stereo as his passenger, dangerously, rides along whilst standing with his head out of the sun roof. It’s clearly not his own vehicle as he even looks on gleefully as Gere’s character clambers out of the sun roof putting his feet on the paint work as he dismounts.
Presumably he’s been booked for the day as he’s in no rush to hurry their liaison along.


Driving Miss Daisy, Morgan Freeman
From an insurers’ perspective this is probably our favourite filmic representation of a chauffeur driver. Ms Daisy’s son Boolie certainly understood the industry. After she demolishes her “Chrysler” he informs her that against her wishes she must take on a chauffeur driver as, “You just cost the insurance company $2,700. You’re a terrible risk. Nobody’s gonna want to issue you a policy after this.” A sad situation that many an elderly driver has found themselves in.
Ironically Ms Daisy (Jessica Tandy) is definitely a believer in slow and steady wins the race. She regularly barks at her driver Hoke Colburn (Freeman) for, amongst many other things, for speeding even though he’s driving well below the legal limit. Eventually thanks to Hoke’s good grace and charm their relationship grows to overcome both racial prejudice and social convention.