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Monday 22 February 2016
Bureau of Visual Records
Michael’s car, a Subaru Impreza WRX STI. Hardly a car for a rebellious individual you might say. But then Michael never claimed to be rebellious or an individual. The only claim he made, was that he is not a number, he is Six!
Perhaps the Subaru Impreza WRX STI does not “stand out” as the Lotus Seven of the original series, but at least it won’t overheat in traffic! And besides they couldn’t use a Caterham Seven for THEPRIS6NER, that wouldn’t have been right seeing as we’re dealing with a new Number 6.
But in regard to cars standing out from the crowd, consider this for a moment. John Drake as the Prisoner, driving along that long deserted runway, over Westminster bridge, through the streets of London, to that underground car park in his Mini Cooper ‘S,’ on his way to resign his job. The absence of the Lotus seven from that opening sequence does have a visual effect. I’m not saying that the Mini Cooper ‘S’ is any less a car than the Lotus Seven. But visually, because of its British racing green and yellow nosed paintwork, it is that which makes the Lotus Seven stand out in ‘the Prisoner.’ And therein perhaps, lie’s its secret.
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