This week, I want to dive into a part of one of my all-time favorite film franchises… James Bond.
Bond films have set a high bar for fight scenes, chase scenes, cinematic excellence, and, what I’ll touch on this week… stunts. So join me as I run through my top 3 favorite stunts in James Bond Movies!
3 – Corkscrew Car
In “The Man With The Golden Gun”, we get a comical sequence where Bond ‘reunites’ with a character from a former movie, J. W. Pepper. As the duo chases Scaramanga, they come across a broken bridge over a river. Flooring it, Bond drives his red AMC Hornet X Hatchback at the broken bridge, which corkscrews the car through midair, landing safely on the other side. It was stuntman Loren “Bumps” Willert’s first time doing the stunt, and he pulled it off in one take. (Check it out here)
2 – Boat Jump
“Live and Let Die” was Roger Moore’s first Bond film, and the first time he encounters Sheriff J. W. Pepper. In this scene, Bond is being chased by Kananga’s men through the bayous of Louisiana. Running out of water, Bond races his boat at an embankment alongside a highway where Pepper and his men are waiting for him. Hitting the embankment, Bond’s boat sails over 100 feet in the air before landing in the water on the other side of the highway. (Check it out here)
1 – Dam Jump
“Goldeneye” marks Bond’s first return to the screen after a 6 year hiatus, and the first time Pierce Brosnan takes up the title role. In the pre-title scene, we see Bond running along the top of the Verzasca Dam in Switzerland. In a wide, panoramic shot, after securing a cable, Bond dives off the top of the dam in a makeshift bungee escape. The leap set a world record for stuntman Wayne Michaels, which was done in one take. The scenery, the epicness of the cinematography, and the fact the jump was done in silence just emphasizes the immensity of it all, and puts this stunt at the top of my list. (Check it out here)