Kylie writhing around on a red velvet rodeo bull in a 2001 spot for Agent Provocateur was voted the UK’s ultimate cult cinema ad in our online poll carried out in December.
The ad, titled ‘Proof’, starring the diminutive Aussie songstress clad in black lingerie beat off competition from the likes of Orange, Maxell Tapes, Guinness and Sony to take the accolade.
1. Agent Provocateur ‘Proof’ (2001)
“Would all the men in the audience stand up”
Kylie as we’ve never seen her before, writhing around breathless on a red velvet rodeo bull to prove that Agent Provocateur is ‘the most erotic lingerie in the world’ … and who were we to disagree?
2. The Orange Gold Spot
‘Miss Huston we have a problem…’
Miss Huston stared in the previous Orange Gold Spot; we could have chosen any of them from the last five years, such is their continued popularity, we just couldn’t decide which to go with.
From your comments Patrick Swayze leads but it could have been Carrie Fisher, Snoop Dogg, Alan Cumming, Steven Seagal, Daryl Hannah, Spike Lee, John Cleese, Darth Vader… the list goes on.
3. Maxell Tapes ‘Break the Sound Barrier’ (1982)
A classic from the ’80s starring Bauhaus frontman, Pete Murphy, blowing his mind with the power of Maxell cassettes (the Bang & Olufsen stereo helped some too).
So iconic is this image it has been parodied numerous times, most recently in the ‘Model Misbehavior’ episode of Family Guy. And now we’ve just seen it on the cover of Lemar’s new album, ‘The Reason’ (the Le Corbusier chair is the giveaway).
4. Dunlop Tyres ‘Tested for the Unexpcted’ (1994)
An absolutely stunning ad with the perfect soundtrack.
Uncompromising director Tony Kaye was apparently given a limitless budget and sent away to shoot whatever he wanted. When he came back from the netherworld this was the deliciously surreal result. Kaye even tried to have it exhibited at the Tate, that’s how good he thought it was and we agree.
5. Ford Puma ‘Bullitt’ (1997)
Ford swapped the Mustang for its new Puma in this wonderfully executed pastiche of the chase scene from ‘Bullitt’. Steve McQueen is seamlessly placed in the driving seat as he cruises around the streets of San Fransisco before parking up next to his Mustang and the Triumph from ‘The Great Escape’. The special effects may seem routine now but they wowed us all at the time.
6. Diet Coke ‘Break’ (1994)
Still guaranteed to get women hot under the collar, this ad had a nation of ladies steaming up their office windows on the look out for thirsty builders.
7. Bacardi Rum ‘If ‘ (1991)
‘Peckham on a wet Saturday afternoon. Next door’s budgie. Aunty Beryl. The Dog & Duck…’
If you went to the cinema in the early ’90s this ad for Bacardi will be seared into your subconscious. There was even a Scottish version if you lived north of the border, ‘Aunty Morag, The Thistle Bar…’.
A crisp white linen suit and a speedboat home has never been so desirable.
8. Guinness ‘Surfer’ (1999)
‘He waits; that’s what he does.’
Guinness advertising has been consistently iconic but this ad, directed by Jonathan Glazer, looked and sounded stunning on the big screen. From Leftfield’s music and the ‘Moby Dick’ voiceover to the surfers battling Neptune’s Horses, it’s the perfect cinema ad.
”Here’s to you Ahab’. And the fat drummer hit the beat with all his heart.’
9. Carling Black Label ‘Dam Busters’ (1990)
‘I bet he drinks Carling Black Label.’
Carling’s take on the Dam Busters raid featuring comedy duo Steve Frost and Mark Arden remains one of the series’ most popular and funniset ads.
10. Sony Bravia ‘Balls’ (2005)
‘Colour like no other’
If ever there was an ad that you just had to see on a cinema screen, this was it.
250,000 brightly coloured bouncy balls cascading down a San Fransico street. It took six takes but director Nicolai Fuglsig pulled it off spectacularly.