What car did James Bond drive?

Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner

Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner, 1957

  • Manufacturer: Ford
  • Model: Fairlane, second generation
  • Variant: 500 Skyliner (convertible)
  • Years manufactured: 1957-1959
  • Type: convertible
  • Origin: USA

The 500 was the Fairlane model with highest standard of trim; and the Skyliner was the name given to the convertible version of the car fitted with a power retractable hard top.

Die Another Day


While in Havana, Cuba, Bond tells the cigar merchant Raoul that "I could use a fast car" and is loaned a Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner


James Bond drives the Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner to the island of Isla Los Organos in Cuba in search of enemy agent Zao



The scenes in Die Another Day set in Cuba were mainly filmed on location in and around Cadiz, Spain. The car that Bond is loaned by Raoul is a Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner with Cuban registration plate BM 84763.

The car that was used in filming, a second generation 1957 model in beautiful condition, would have been forty-five years of age when Die Another Day was filmed in the first half of 2002. It was most probably sourced from a collector for this small role. We can assume that this car was chosen in reference to Cuba's reputation for preserved 1950's American cars.