Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)

Directed by David Fincher


Journalist Mikael Blomkvist is aided in his search for a woman who has been missing for forty years by Lisbeth Salander, a young computer hacker.

Filmed in 20010 in Stockholm, Sweden and Los Angeles, CA. Glory Motorworks built and designed the now world famous “Lisbeth” bike. Originally, director David Fincher wanted to use a modern machine for this bike. With a push from the Art Dept., Justin Kell was given the task of convincing Mr. Fincher that a vintage machine would both match the character aesthetic as well as be able to perform reliably on camera while shooting. The idea to use the CB 350 Honda was based on both the look and size of the main actress Rooney Mara. We knew that she was small, so scale wise, the bike was perfect. We also thought that this is the kind of bike that this character would be riding. The approach was to make this machine as much a part of Lisbeth Salander as the wardrobe. The three picture bikes were cosmetically built to be rough around the edges while packing a stellar performance punch. Many modifications were made with the mindset that this is how this character would set up her bike. Rooney was sent to Justin on the day she was cast to start riding training. She had never been on a bike. An additional 350 was purchased for a training bike, and Ms. Mara learned quickly. Her training continued through the course of the film. The motorcycle became a big part of the marketing campaign, and some of the first photos of Rooney in character were on the bike. During the marketing campaign, it became apparent the public reacted very favorably to the motorcycle. To this day, it’s still our most inquired about movie bikes. We owe a big debt of gratitude to Mr. Fincher for allowing us to follow our vision. The film is spectacular, and one of the most important jobs of our career.