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02 Mar 2009

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For those of you who don't know who Clive Owen is, we recommend this - Now that we've got that out of the way, let's talk about Clive. He may not have the DiCaprio or Matt Damon pretty-boy face, but he's handsome, suave, charming and has the features that a James Bond should have; so much that he was actually strongly rumoured to be the next Bond. On screen, he's already made his mark and is often the most captivating individual.

A couple of years ago, BMW ran a series of short films called "The Hire". Each was directed by some of the industry's best, including big names like John Woo, Ang Lee, John Frankenheimer, Wong Kar Wai and Tony Scott, amongst others. Clive Owen was "The Driver" for each film, in which the element of driving played a big role.

Those films are unforgettable, simply for the fact that he always maintained utmost composure even when faced with extremely intimidating and daunting circumstances. Other than that, he was always unruffled, yet alert, right until the moment the baddies whipped out their semi-automatics (guns, not gearboxes). Then, the action would start. Quick, accurate punches to the face, lightning-reflex dodges dodges and all sorts of counter-attacks. All that coupled with the type of stylish composure usually found in a James Bond flick, short of the cockiness.

Even when faced with difficult scenarios involving the opposite gender, he was always the respectable gentleman (in "The Follow") and never one to take advantage of the situation.

On the whole, he played a character far worthier as a role model than Mr Brosnan's has ever been. There was never a desire to be showy, nor was he ever the gallivanting sort. Plus, when it was time to control the Beemers, "The Driver" was never short of highly admirable skill (even though it was actually the stunt drivers' work).

And as for Clive's own acting abilities, he had the expectations of eight different directors to follow. Yet, he managed to do enough on his own to maintain a certain personality which could be followed through the series. If you were to catch a glance at his face now, the impression would probably be "he's relaxed, but don't mess with him".

Which reminds me of the 335i.
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Car Information

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Engine Type


6-cylinder in-line Twin-turbocharged

Engine Cap





228kW (306 bhp) / 5800 rpm



400 Nm / 1300 rpm



6-speed (A)

Acceleration (0-100 km/h)



Top Speed



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