A list of the most expensive claims that would have been lodged against some of Hollywood history's finest - and most reckless - drivers has been compiled by a car insurance specialist.

Top of the list by 1st Central is Elwood Blues, one half of the Blues Brothers, whose iconic chase sequence at the wheel through the streets of Chicago would have resulted in a whopping £5 million in damages. Dozens of police cars were wrecked.

To rub salt in the wound, if Elwood wanted to re-insure himself his premium would rocket to £250,000 per year.

1st Central calculated the likely size of the claims - as well as renewal premiums - using typical criteria applied to anyone who gets a quote for car insurance in the UK.

The second-most expensive claim would have gone against Steve McQueen, for his memorable escape from gunmen in San Francisco for the film Bullitt. Driving a now-celebrated 1968 Ford Mustang 390 GT, he duelled with bad guys in a Dodge Charger 440 Magnum, causing £3 million worth of damage to the city and the surrounding countryside.

The Joker, Charlie Croker from The Italian Job and Jason Bourne are also on the list, along with James Bond, although Bond wouldn't be liable for a penny because, as an employee of the Crown, the Government takes the place of an insurance company.

Peter Creed, co-founder and chief underwriting officer of 1st Central, said: "A number of factors had to be carefully considered when estimating the cost of the claims these drivers would make.

"Whilst our customers are unlikely to experience similar incidents, it's a useful training exercise for our staff to undertake, so that they consider all aspects of processing a claim."