Was Max mad back in 1951 ?
The 1951 Club is always up for a challenge. This one concerns the Mad Max series of films. Could we find a 1951 connection to each of the four films ? Well – let’s have a go.
The English Australian actress Amanda Muggleton was born in 1951. One of her earliest parts was in Mad Max (1979). She played a Biker’s Moll. She is currently one of Australia’s most successful and highly sought after actresses in theatre.
The Australian actor and playwright Steve J. Spears was also born in 1951. He played the role of The Mechanic in Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (1981). Sadly, he died from cancer in 2007.
English-born screenwriter,producer and author Terry Hayes was born in 1951. He was the co-producer & screenwriter of Mad Max 3: Beyond Thunderdome (1985)
OK ... Mad Max 4: Fury Road has just about defeated this industrious and eternally optimistic individual. I failed to find a single meaningful link to 1951. I could just cheat by saying that I’ve seen it and I was born in 1951, but that’s hardly cricket.
I have managed to come up with three films released in 1951 which have ‘Fury’ in their title. These are a western called ‘Cyclone Fury‘, a Hong Kong film called ‘Darts of Fury’ and ‘Fury of the Congo‘ starring Johnny Weissmuller. He plays a character called Jungle Jim, which sounds a bit like Mad Max with trees if you ask me.
Finally, during the course of my research I found a company called MAD MAX’S AUTHENTIC PLATES which specialises in old vehicle License plates dating back to the early 1900’s. Here’s a Michigan motorcycle plate from 1951.
Well, I could go on but I have a strong feeling that one of us might soon start to get bored. So I shall fire up the Interceptor instead, push pedal to the metal and do the weekly shop at my local Tesco branch in Fury Road. Happy trails my friends.