Leonard Nimoy didn’t know why the creators of the recent Star Trek-based Audi commercial had asked him to sing a few bars of his hilariously campy song from 1967, “The Ballad of Bilbo Baggins.” “I said, if you want me to do it, I’ll do it. I don’t know why it’s in the spot.” Nimoy, who created the role of Spock in the 1967-1969 series Star Trek, told me in a telephone interview that the response to song “was a complete surprise to me.”
Leonard Nimoy, who originated the role of science officer Spock in Star Trek back in 1966, hasn’t become as popular to modern audiences as co-stars William Shatner, the self-parodying Internet sensation, or George Takei, the Facebook tastemaker. But if he continues to make video shorts for Audi’s YouTube page like the one below (along with the current Spock, actor Zachary Quinto), he will be well on his way to wresting the title of Internet champ away from them both.
Batman’s high-powered vehicle has taken many forms since its first appearance in 1939. But the first car to grab the public’s imagination and KAPOW! it was the 1955 Lincoln Futura, modded for the 1966-1968 television show to suit the world’s greatest detective. The Batmobile made an even greater impression on fan Rick Champagne. So when the vehicle came up for auction on January 19, 2013, he purchased it…for $4.2 million.