Who knew some of the most iconic films and TV shows ever created feature metal playing a major role? Whatever shape or form, its versatility, engineering and symbolic meaning plays a fundamental part in lots of our favourite films and TV. Here’s our top ten.
Take Game of Thrones and its compelling Iron Throne. Forged from 1000 swords, each surrendered to the Aegon in the War of Conquest. Created from the breath of the greatest dragon who melted them together, it’s pretty impressive. But actually, only took 200 swords to craft it in reality.
Also in the realms of fantasy lies the powerful One Ring, crafted by Dark Lord Sauron in Lord of the Rings. Concentrating a part of his soul into the Ring, he bound the magnitude of his own fate to this tiny metal object. If it were damaged or destroyed it would be mirrored in the dilution of his own power and strength. Very dramatic!
Again, in a battle of power and strength, the Marvel Comics adventures re-created as heroic movies show how Thor’s Hammer, hides the strength of a cosmic storm called the God Tempest inside. Powerful enough to knock planets off their orbit, God Tempest was trapped in a chunk of Uru and made into Mjölnir, the hammer of Thor.
Back To The Future’s DeLorean
When it comes to time travelling metal, there’s nothing quite like Back To The Future’s famous DeLorean. The super car is the vision of the eccentric genius, Doc Brown with quirky driver, Marty McFly. So why choose the DeLorean DMC-12? Besides looking cool, it has stainless brushed steel body panels. This unique look is pretty sci-fi, fitting perfectly with its ability to project through space and time. So successful, Back To The Future, became the highest grossing movie of 1985.
Also discovering adventures in other dimensions was The Doctor and the multi-functional metal Sonic Screwdriver. Every Doctor modified the iconic Sonic with early versions adept at picking locks and projecting sound to scramble circuits. More recent versions can scan, electrify the nervous system and defend against weapons. Amazing.
Sword of Gryffindor
For pure magic, the silver Sword of Gryffindor from the Harry Potter films wins, hands down. It not only looks majestic with its stunning rubies, it also works against evil…of course. Forged a thousand years ago by the most skilled metalworkers, the goblins, it was made for Godric Gryffindor, one of the founders of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
The Death Star
One of our all-time favourites has to be the hunk of metal in space or the DS-1 Orbital Battle Station, the Death Star I. The moon-sized mobile battle station was made by the Galactic Empire, brainchild of Darth Vader. It was designed to fire a single superlaser powerful enough to destroy an entire planet.
Starship Enterprise – Star Trek
This has got to be one of the best known and best loved fictional spacecrafts. Launched in Star Trek, September 8th, 1966 the Starship Enterprise was the main craft. Armed with Phasers and Photon torpedoes it offered up Shields as protection. Inspired by a science fiction cover which caught the eye of Gene Roddenberry and Matt Jefferies, art director of the first Star Trek series.
Mockingjay Pin, The Hunger Games
The mockingjay pin begins as a tribute token but soon becomes a symbol of rebellion. As a logo for the films, in a flaming version it also appears on the three book covers and the artist who designed it, Tim O’Brien says, “It is not just a picture of a bird. It is something vulnerable. It is a symbol of the main character, Katniss, who is tough and beautiful at the same time.”
The Neuralyzer from Men in Black
And finally, we mustn’t forget the tiny cigar shaped piece of metal, or Neuralyzer in Men In Black. Designed to wipe memories and plant new ones, it helps New Yorkers remain unaware of crossing paths with aliens and the top-secret agents themselves, The Men In Black. The first film, which was originally adapted from the comic was released in 1997 and sold an estimated 54,616, 700 tickets in the US, grossing over $589.3 million worldwide.
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