No other movie franchise depends so heavily on its exotic locations and mesmerizing set designs than the James Bond films. From the very beginning, Bond movies have fascinated spellbound audiences with modern-day, cutting edge architecture that’s able to fuel viewer fantasies. This approach to art direction is one of the defining pillars of the Bond experience and formula, and is as relevant and impactful today as it was when the series began with Dr. No in 1962.
On September 17, 1964, Goldfinger premiered in London. While a lot has been written about the movie, its actors, the gadgets, and all aspects of production, very little is known about Auric Enterprises. This is the site of Goldfinger’s “modest” metallurgical installation outside of Geneva, Switzerland. What is known is that the actual site of the location used in the movie is, in fact, the Pilatus Aircraft factory located in Stans, Switzerland!
The factory is a 15 minute drive south of Lucerne... although perhaps a bit quicker when driving an Aston Martin DB5 with modifications.
Why the Pilatus factory? The answer seems obvious when one considers the art direction and set design style of Sir Ken Adam, the films’ production designer. Adam is a former WWII RAF pilot, and one of only three with German nationality. Adam’s signature vision for James Bond movies of the 60’s and 70’s incorporates massive circular forms and strong, modern architectural angles, which was exactly the look of the Pilatus factory in 1964.
Of course, as Pilatus grew, so did the facility, but the angled building, which is so prominent in the movie, is still partially visible today from Bond’s vantage point in the movie (a half-century later).
This connection to Goldfinger, along with the gold standard of service we provide, makes it easy for a PlaneSense® fractional owner to feel a bit like a 007 when flying with us—just without the drama.