Top five cars from the movies

Ford's Focus hits cinema screens this month in the blockbuster film The Sweeney.

Featuring Ray Winstone as Jack Regan and Ben Drew playing sidekick George Carter, it plans to bring back all what we loved from the original ITV television series from the 1970s staring John Thaw and Dennis Waterman.

Ford has always understood the power of product placement. The Blue Oval really made its mark in the 70s providing TV and movie stars with Fords while other car makers failed to understand how it could benefit their public profile.

Which got us thinking: What have been the greatest movie cars of all time? Here are our top five.

Aston Martin DB5 – Goldfinger, 1964

It's probably the greatest example of product placement ever, and despite it now being a bit of a clichéd image, the character Bond and an Aston Martin car are inseparable. It not only set an example of how car manufacturers could place their products in film, but also saved Aston from a financial crisis.

Mini Cooper S, The Italian Job, 1969

It's fair to say the reason why this film is such a classic among British film lovers is because of the appearance of the Mini. It's reputed BMC (British Motor Corporation) was initially unwilling to support the film, and at one point Fiats would have been Michael Caine's wheels. Thankfully BMC got their act together and the film is now a classic caper.

Ford Mustang GT390 Fastback, Bullitt, 1968

The sight of that dark green Mustang battling with a black Dodge Charger is forever engrained in film buffs' minds. Why? Because it was artfully shot, had great music and showed off Steve McQueen's driving skills to a tee. Apparently McQueen deliberately pranged and dented the car to give the brand-new 'stang a more authentic look to reflect his cash-strapped character.

DeLorean DMC-12, Back to the Future, 1981

When you think of a flying movie car, forget Chitty Chitty Bang Bang! Doc Brown's DeLorean DMC-12 is far more memorable. In fact, it's fair to say, the DMC-12 is only remembered by the public due to its appearance in the blockbuster. Sadly, the car's appearance never improved DeLorean's hopes of succeeding as a car company.

Pontiac Trans Am, Smokey and The Bandit, 1977

In terms of getting the Trans Am in front of the public, there are few better product placements than the Smokey and The Bandit series. The 1977 film was basically one long car chase providing ample viewing of a Trans Am doing burnouts, and its handling capabilities – or lack of – in evading the police. Five Trans Ams were used and the bridge scene car was totally written-off.

They are our favourites, but what about yours? Let us know what would be in your top five by posting your comments below.
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