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August 22, 2018

Captain Nemo’s Nautilus Car: The Worst Movie Car Ever?

Remember the movie The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen? If you’re a fan of the comics it was based on.

Captain Nemo’s (Naseeruddin Shah) hero Nautilus car from Stephen Norrington’s fantasy adventure The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. This car was used throughout the film as the League hunted down Moriarty (Richard Roxburgh) and was also featured extensively on the film’s posters.

The massive car was one of only two custom made especially for the production. This particular vehicle was the complete running version and was designed by production designer Carol Spier. The other unit was designed for insert shots and featured an attached scaffold for filming close-ups of the actors.

The car is based on the chassis for a Land Rover fire tender, onto which a steel frame was fitted along with a Rover V8 engine, six wheels measuring 72 cm (28½”) in diameter and a massive fibreglass body. Hydraulics are mounted within the wheel arches to allow greater clearance during driving. Detailing applied to the body includes headlights and embellishments representing the Hindu god Ganesha at the vehicle’s front.

Within the cabin, custom trim styled after flora and fauna line the doors and control panel, which has the donor vehicle’s functional dials fitted. A faux leather interior is capped off with a ̔silver’ band running around the tops of the seats. The car’s body and panels are finished in an ivory color, with the mouldings and detailing showing a worn ̔gold’ finish.

For the past few years, the car has been part of a large collection of movie props and costumes at Prop Store’s UK facility. Stephen Lane, founder of Prop Store, said he bought the Nautilus from the film company after The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen came out because he loved the car, loved the design and felt it was one of the most emotive vehicles he had ever seen.

(via Prop Store)



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