Shipping Cars James Bond Style: From ‘Goldfinger’ to ‘Skyfall’

1964 Aston Martin DB5With the new James Bond action packed thriller Skyfall making headlines over the last weekend, car guys like us tend to wonder about the cars in the movie. For that matter, we have always had a tendency to think about how all of those cars made it form one scene to the other. The movie obviously called for filming in multiple international locations. Who is in charge of auto transport services, and finding out the cheapest way to ship a car from point A to point B?

Apparently, with a little spy work we figured it out a little. By watching any movie and waiting for the credits to roll, we saw auto company names that may be attached to logistics departments, or something else for transportation.

Oddly enough, for many movies, those same people who deal with such tasks, as looking into auto transport rates, and finding affordable auto shipping companies are primarily listed towards the end of the credits. Personally, being car guys, and all, we think that kind of sucks to be honest with you. I mean, the cars involved in a movie, or any movie for that matter, are just as important as the actors who have the actual speaking roles. Right?

In the movie Skyfall, all cars, trucks, SUV’s, and motorcycles have to be accounted for at any given moment during the shooting of the film. The Logistics team normally takes an inventory of what is needed to make sure the film runs smoothly. In Skyfall, there was any number of vehicles that needed to be replaced if a chase scene did not go the way it was intended to. And this time around a new mode of transportation was added to the mix. A subway train was added to the already, stellar vehicular cast of Skyfall.

It seems like the logistics teams for all of the James Bond movies had to bear the brunt of finding the best and affordable auto shipping quotes for their vehicles. We can only imagine what it might have cost to have a shipping company transport Sean Connerys’ 1964 Aston Martin DB5 from location to location. The same story goes for the 1962 “Dr. No” film where James had just settled into a Chevy Bel-Air convertible when all hell broke loose and he was entangled with an enemy agent. That scene took place in Jamaica and who do you think took it upon themselves to find some reliable auto shipping? Logistics, that’s who.

So as it stands now, much of what goes on in the background of any movie, especially in a Bond movie, is all about logistics. The logistics team has a ton responsibility on their shoulders when it comes down to making sure that the vehicular counterparts in a movie always make the opening scene.