TopGear.com20 August 2012

Video: Tony Scott’s film for Saab

With the sad news of the British director’s passing, a look back at one of his classic car ads

After the sad news of Tony Scott's passing, we thought it timely to remind you of this Saab 900 Turbo ad that preceded his first big Hollywood job: directing Top Gun.

Following his marvellously 80s celebration of the currently AWOL Swedish marque, Scott was drafted in to add his chest-beating brand of butch to the famous tale of MiGs and Maverick. Top Gun became one of the highest-grossing films of 1986, pulling in more than $176 million and making a star of its young lead, Tom Cruise.

He went on to direct the likes of Beverly Hills Cop II (remember the Ferrari 308?), Days of Thunder ("there's nothin' I can't do with a race car" - Cole Trickle), and True Romance (mmm, that 911 Flatnose).

RIP Tony: you'll be missed. Now click on for jets, swaggering pilots, oversized trench coats and aviator sunglasses.

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