Here’s a very cool video montage of the awesome cars from the James Bond films. The variety is pretty stunning through the years, though the Aston Martin DB5 by far gets the most attention. As the Bond films started becoming huge cultural events, the film producers could count on the automakers to push hard to get their cars included, so that product placement became and important part of the Bond formula. Companies like BMW made sure to take advantage of the opportunity.
James Bond and his vintage Aston Martin DB5 get back together in “Skyfall.” The new film opens in the US next week and we’ll see Daniel Craig with the legendary vehicle. The beautiful gray version in the movie will likely end up on some cool new posters. If you want to dress up your walls with cool images you can do a lot worse than the legendary James Bond vehicles. If you combine it with slick frames by shopping at a poster frames depot you can get a very upscale look. It’s perfect for a den, garage or a man cave. Pick your favorite Bond cars and you’ll be off to a great start.
Ford is cutting capacity in Europe to stem losses as sales have plummeted with the economic crisis. Overcapacity is a real problem in Europe for all the automakers, and we’re now seeing a bit of a death spiral as the slowdown creates more problems. The Europeans have been dealing with a debt crisis, but the central bank there has not been nearly as aggressive as the Fed in the US, where massive monetary stimulus has helped to keep the economy afloat. Austerity measures in Europe are needed but they have compounded the problem with the weak monetary response.
Meanwhile, in the US, after the auto bailout, the Fed stimulus and the Obama stimulus, the economy is slowly growing, but at least it’s growing. The auto bailout trimmed the number of dealerships, and that has helped those left over to be successful. You go into a dealership and you’ll see plenty of activity. The used car market is also robust, and that helps dealers, independent used car dealers and online sellers. This activity helps ancillary businesses, like advertising and business printing services, that rely on this economic activity. Sellers and dealerships are buying ads, making car repairs, and getting promotional materials and print brochures online at UPrinting and other online outlets. This ripple effect is critical.
Those in the US who opposed the auto bailout and the stimulus should look at what Ford is doing in the UK.