The first full-length trailer of the greatly anticipated Amazon Prime exclusive The Grand Tour has just been released, and it looks explosive to say the least!
The three erstwhile presenters of global hit Top Gear have re-teamed up following Jeremy Clarkson’s BBC dismissal after his ‘fracas’ with a production member and Richard Hammond and James May’s resignation. The trio have initially committed to a deal for three 12-episode yearly series, airing solely on Amazon Prime’s online streaming service.
The trailer opens with May getting out of his car wearing a sling, much to the amusement of Hammond and Clarkson who deliver a tirade of Top-Gear style witty abuse. It immediately feels recognisable and even nostalgic, yet new and fresh at the same time. The first 10 seconds of this trailer reminds us how truly disappointing Chris Evans and Matt Le Blanc’s (the replacement Top Gear presenters) Top Gear revamp was this year. In just this short trailer, it is the evidence that everyone had realised: it’s the natural chemistry between the hosts that made Top Gear the overwhelming success it was.
The trailer then revs into action with clips of the trio entering a crowded studio, navigating their way through busy cities, drag-racing supercars, tyre-screeching round corners, tanks, explosions, helicopters, speedboats, jet-skis and even camels, all split up by bold red text: “An Amazon Original Series,” “4 Continents,” “3 Friends,” “1 Incredible Adventure,” “What Could Possibly Go Wrong?”
If this witty, high-octane trailer is anything to go by then Amazon’s The Grand Tour is set to be a sensational hit, and truly could be the end of one of BBC’s flagship shows, Top Gear. If this is the case, it wouldn’t be surprising after all Amazon have committed an astonishing £4.5million to each episode, in comparison to BBC’s ‘mere’ £650k per episode budget.
The series debuts on Amazon Prime on 18th November with weekly episodes.