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Jerry Comeaux and Live and Let Die

 

First Bond film to make the list, just happens to be Roger Moore’s first Bond film as well. Up until this time the Bond films have had plenty of action but the real stunt pieces for the films have slowly escalated until they finally broke a Guinness Book World Record with this stunt in Live and Let Live.Live Boat

The boat chase through the bayous was originally written in the script as just “Scene 156 – The most terrific boat chase you’ve ever seen”. Bond’s speedboat jump driven by Jerry Comeaux, made it into the Guinness Book of World Records for its distance of 110 feet, a record that stood for three years. Clifton James as the Louisiana Sheriff improvised in the scene, and it was kept in the final print. Also, the second boat was not scripted to collide with the police car, but after this happened while shooting the stunt, the script was changed to accommodate it.

The Bond series is incredibly important to the stunt community and is the most successful action series of all time.  The Bond productions have the single most entries in the Best Stunt Awards and sets itself apart by achieving an unequaled standard in stunt choreography and for simple mind blowing awesomeness.  Live and Let Die (1973) was directed by Guy Hamilton for Eon Productions.liveandletdie_n2N

Things to look up (click on item to go to IMDB page or Website):

  • Jerry Comeaux
  • Live and Let Die
  • Eon Productions

History of film companies as defined by Wikipedia: Eon Productions is a film production company known for producing the James Bond film series. The company is based in London’s Piccadilly and also operates from Pinewood Studios in the United Kingdom. It is a subsidiary of Danjaq LLC, the holding company responsible for the copyright and trademarks to the Bond characters and elements on screen.LiveandLetDie

Eon, a closely held (private and family) corporation, was started by film producers Albert R. “Cubby” Broccoli and Harry Saltzman in 1961, at the same time they partnered and sought financing for Dr. No the year before they formed Danjaq, which for legal reasons became Eon’s holding company from which it licenses the copyright protections allowing Eon to produce the Bond films. Cubby Broccoli had been interested in the Bond novels rights for several years but was dissuaded from making them project by his former partner. When they dissolved their relationship he was free to pursue the property, for which Saltzman, a novice to film production had taken a gamble to acquire. The two were introduced by a New York writer who was acquainted with both, and formed a partnership within a week of meeting. The enterprise was and is still very much a family business, including both wives and the principal partners, as well as several of their progeny, the latter group now carrying on their parents’ work. Cubby almost immediately included Dana Broccoli’s college aged son Michael G. Wilson in even the early films doing various production jobs and his engineering education was put to good use occasionally in some of the series’ special effects.jane-seymour-and-geoffrey-holder-in-live-and-let-die

In 1975, after nine Bond films, Harry Saltzman sold his shares of Danjaq to United Artists (the then-current Bond series distributor). Although Albert R. Broccoli died in 1996, Eon Productions is still owned by the Broccoli family, specifically Albert R. Broccoli’s daughter, Barbara Broccoli, and his stepson and her half-brother by actress Dana Wilson Broccoli, Michael G. Wilson, who are the current producers of the James Bond films.

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Wayne Michaels for Goldeneye

 

Wayne Michaels as James Bond bungee jumped over a dam to break into a Russian chemical weapons factory. Michaels reached 100 miles per hour (161 km/h) during the jump and came perilously close to the sloping surface of the dam, which was studded with irons struts that could have torn him to pieces. The stunt was further complicated as Bond had to take out a gun during the fall, which threw Michaels off trajectory. The jump was the highest bungee jump from a structure in a movie, ever. The drop was over 722 ft. GoldeneyeSimon Crane was the Second Unit Director on this film and he recruited Wayne Michaels for the stunt. Michaels is also a veteran in the stunt industry and has also been involved with many of the great action franchises, including several Bond films, Superman 3, and two of the Indiana Jones movies.

GoldenEye was directed by Martin Campbell for Eon Productions.goldeneye_us1

Things to look up (go to IMDB page):

  • Wayne Michaels
  • GoldenEye
  • Simon Crane
  • Martin Campbell
  • Eon Productions
Glossary of stunt terms as defined by Wikipedia:
Stunt Coordinator – stunt coordinator, usually an experienced stunt performer, is hired by a TV, film or theatre
director or production company to arrange the casting (stunt players and stunt doubles) and performance of stunts for a film, television program or a live audience. Where the film requires a stunt, and involves the use of stunt performers, the Stunt Coordinator will arrange the casting and performance of the stunt, working closely with the Director. In many cases, the stunt coordinator budgets, designs and choreographs the stunt sequence to suit the script and the director’s vision.

 

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Adam Kirley and Sebastien Foucan for Casino Royale

 

This is the sixth time a bond film has hit the list.  It’s no surprise, as each bond film seems to want to out do the last one. This one starts off with a bang by having a fantastic foot chase (parkour chase) through the streets. Sebastien Foucan, a cofounder in Parkour, is unbelievable in this section of the movie. This opening scene took six weeks to film. Believe it or not, this marks the first time there is a foot chase in a Bond film.casino jumpAdam Kirley managed to perform an awesome stunt and break a world recond at the same time when he flipped the 007 Aston Martin 7 times in one take.  The car barrel-roll stunt by the Aston Martin DBS broke the world record for the most barrel rolls assisted by a cannon. Originally, the racing specifications of the DBS meant that a standard ramp would not be sufficient to get the car to roll, so the special effects team were called in to install a air-powered cannon behind the drivers seat. This allowed the car to complete seven full rolls. The stunt was officially entered into the Guinness Book of World Records on 5th November 2006.casino waterJust a side note I thought was interesting, “Casino Royale” was the first James Bond novel written by Ian Fleming and is the last of the original Fleming novels to be filmed by EON Productions. The shooting of this film now means EON Productions have filmed the entire canon of Fleming James Bond novels, although some just in title (that is: movies titled after Fleming novels whose plots have little or nothing to do with Fleming’s novels, for example The Spy Who Loved Me (1977), Moonraker (1979), and You Only Live Twice (1967)). Casino Royale was directed by Martin Campbell for Eon Productions.Casino_Royale_(120)

 

Things to look up (go to IMDB page):

  • Adam Kirley
  • Sebastien Foucan
  • Martin Campbell
  • Eon Productions

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Bumps Willard and Raymond McHenry For The Man With The Golden Gun

 

This is where the Bond films start to dominate the Best Movie Stunts. Every picture was designed to out-do the last and they definitely don’t disappoint in The Man With The Golden Gun (1974). This stunt literally was designed in the laboratory. Designed by Raymond McHenry, and conceived at Cornell Aeronautical University, it toured the US as the Astro Spiral in the All American Thrill Show before being used for the movie.man_with_the_golden_gun_stunt

The stunt is performed by Bumps Willard and involves him driving an AMC Hornet as Bond off of a specially designed ramp that’s made up to look like a broken bridge on one side of a creek, across the water doing a spiral flip (a 270 degree roll) and then touching down on an identical ramp on the other side and then driving on.  It’s a fantastic, mathematical stunt that was performed in one take. The jump is also credited with being the first stunt ever to be calculated by computer modeling.  “Bumps” Willard was an original member of ‘Helldrivers’; a stunt group specialists on dangerous car stunts; showcases. The Group leadrers was ‘The Bossle Brothers’ and also Joe Williams; famous for the ‘Two-Wheel-Stunt-Driving-Scene’ in Diamonds Are Forever.man with

I want to add a side note that Martial Arts is introduced as the fighting style in this movie because of the huge popularity of Bruce Lee and his films such as Fists of Fury and Enter the Dragon, so you can say that Bruce Lee had his affect not only in his own genre of Martial Arts films but in Hollywood as a whole. It’s impressive to come along and affect James Bond.

The Man With The Golden Gun is directed by Guy Hamilton for Eon Productions.Man With Golden

Things to look up ( go to IMDB ):

  • Bumps Willard
  • Raymond McHenry
  • The Man With The Golden Gun
  • Guy Hamilton
  • Eon Productions

History of stunt terms as defined by Wikipedia: Hell Drivers – The frequently used term to describe, and the very popular title of, numerous automobile thrill-based productions performing at fairs and racetracks by various squads of stunt drivers since the 1930s. Earl “Lucky” Teter was the first to coin the phrase Hell Drivers, when he began touring his show in 1934. Hell Drivers provided massive audiences with an always exciting show filled with precision driving and deliberate crashes.

Featured stunts included driving cars on two wheels, crashing through flaming barricades, and jumping an automobile ramp to ramp through mid air. For many years, Hell Drivers were used to demonstrate the dependability of a manufacturer’s automotive product. Major Hell Driver automotive sponsors have included Chevrolet, Dodge, Chrysler, Ford, AMC, Nash, and Toyota.

Later thrill shows coining the phrase “Hell Drivers” were launched by such famous drivers and race promoters as Jack Kochman, John Francis “Irish” Horan, Danny Fleenor, Geoff Williams and Joie Chitwood.

General Manager of Kochman’s troupe was Bob Conto. Conto, a native of Malone, New York in the state’s North Country was a former radio-television announcer whose staccato delivery kept pace with the 50-mile per hour events.

The Danish city of Aalborg is known internationally as the world’s centre of Hell Drivers.

Currently, the only traditional new-car stunt show in the United States is Tonny Petersen’s Hell Drivers. There is a current documentary produced by filmmaker Dan T. Hall and Vizmo Films about the life and times of Lucky Teter.

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Rick Sylvester and The Spy Who Loved Me

 

Rick Sylvester’s opening ski stunt was shot from the top of Asgard Peak on Baffin Island in Canada. The summit was only accessible by helicopter. A small crew, including Sylvester and second unit director John Glen, traveled there in July 1976, a month before principal photography began. They stayed in the neighboring village of Pangnirtung for 10 days, awaiting the right weather conditions.SPY-WHO-LOVED-SKI-1 Numerous cameras were positioned around the site to capture the moment. All the camera operators felt that they lost sight of the skier as he went sailing off the cliff, all except one camera which stayed with him throughout the stunt. The scene was all uncut. Sylvester’s pay was $30,000. Sylvester was supposedly given an additional bonus when he successfully completed the shot.

This was one of the first pre-credit sequences to really give the audience a gasp. You could hear a pin drop, it was fantastic. The Spy Who Loved Me was directed by Lewis Gilbert for Danjaq.spy loved

Things to look up (go to IMDB):

  • Rick Sylvester
  • The Spy Who Loved Me
  • Danjaq
  • Lewis Gilbert
  • John Glen
  • Albert R. Broccoli
  • Eon Productions
  • Harry Saltzman
  • Dana Broccoli
  • Jacqueline Saltzman
  • John Cork
  • United Artists

History of film companies as defined by Wikipedia: Danjaq – (formerly Danjaq S.A.) is the holding company responsible for the copyright and trademarks to the characters, elements, and other material related to James Bond on screen. It is currently owned and managed by the family of Albert R. Broccoli, the co-initiator of the popular film franchise. Eon Productions, the production company responsible for producing the James Bond films, is a subsidiary of Danjaq.

Danjaq was founded by Albert R. Broccoli and Harry Saltzman after the release of the first James Bond film Dr. No, in 1962, to ensure all future films in the series. The new company was to be called Danjaq S.A., a combination of Broccoli and Saltzman’s respective wives’ names (Dana Broccoli and Jacqueline Saltzman). Also in 1962 Danjaq began its association with United Artists.

Due to financial difficulties, Saltzman later sold his share of Danjaq to United Artists in 1975. Beginning with 1977’s The Spy Who Loved Me, Danjaq began to share half the copyright and interests with United Artists Corporation, which is publicly the case still today, although the copyrights to the 2006 version of Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace (2008), and Skyfall (2012) are shared with the series’ new theatrical distributor, Columbia Pictures.

Some sources, notably John Cork (the author of a number of books about Bond’s film history, and a producer of many documentaries created for the films’ Special Edition DVD releases), claim that Broccoli purchased this 50% stake of Danjaq back from UA in the mid-1980s. It has been further suggested that MGM/UA have an exclusive distribution deal with Danjaq that is far more lucrative than when the shares were originally owned by Broccoli and Saltzman.

Although the trademarks for material related to the Bond films are held by Danjaq, the copyright to the film properties (beginning with Dr. No and aside from the 2006 Casino Royale,Quantum of Solace and Skyfall produced and co-copyrighted with Columbia Pictures) are shared by Danjaq and United Artists Corporation. The trademarks associated with the James Bond books and other non-film publications are held by Ian Fleming Publications.

Two theatrically released James Bond films have been made outside the control of Danjaq, a spoof called Casino Royale (1967) because the rights to that book had been sold prior to the Eon/Danjaq deal, and a serious James Bond film called Never Say Never Again (1983), a remake of the Danjaq film Thunderball; the latter was made possible due to a legal dispute involving Kevin McClory, one of the credited co-writers of Thunderball, who was awarded the film rights to the novel in a 1963 settlement with Ian Fleming.

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Adam Kirley, Sabastien Foucan and Casino Royale

 

This is the sixth time a bond film has hit the list.  It’s no surprise, as each bond film seems to want to out do the last one. This one starts off with a bang by having a fantastic foot chase (parkour chase) through the streets. Sebastien Foucan, a cofounder in Parkour, is unbelievable in this section of the movie. This opening scene took six weeks to film. Believe it or not, this marks the first time there is a foot chase in a Bond film.casino Adam Kirley managed to perform an awesome stunt and break a world recond at the same time when he flipped the 007 Aston Martin 7 times in one take.  The car barrel-roll stunt by the Aston Martin DBS broke the world record for the most barrel rolls assisted by a cannon. Originally, the racing specifications of the DBS meant that a standard ramp would not be sufficient to get the car to roll, so the special effects team were called in to install a air-powered cannon behind the drivers seat. This allowed the car to complete seven full rolls. The stunt was officially entered into the Guinness Book of World Records on 5th November 2006.Casino_Royale_(120) Just a side note I thought was interesting, “Casino Royale” was the first James Bond novel written by Ian Fleming and is the last of the original Fleming novels to be filmed by EON Productions. The shooting of this film now means EON Productions have filmed the entire canon of Fleming James Bond novels, although some just in title (that is: movies titled after Fleming novels whose plots have little or nothing to do with Fleming’s novels, for example The Spy Who Loved Me (1977), Moonraker (1979), and You Only Live Twice (1967)).Casino Royale was directed by Martin Campbell for Eon Productions.

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Things to look up (go to IMDB):

  • Adam Kirley
  • Sebastien Foucan
  • Martin Campbell
  • Eon Productions

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