MI6 caught up with 2003 Taurus World Stuntman Nominee
and "Die Another Day" stuntman George Cottle...
Interview - George Cottle (Part 1)
10th November 2003
MI6 caught up with 2003 Taurus World Stuntman Nominee, George
Cottle last month. In this in depth four part interview we look
at his experience on the latest Bond film, driving a hovercraft
through a minefield and chasing Bond across the ice in
How long have you been in the stunt business? How did you
start out as a specialist driver?
I got involved in the stunt business in about 1996 so about
7 or 8 years ago. I officially got on the stunt register in
With regards to the specialist driver, it's really hard to get
involved there are so many good drivers out there. I was very
fortunate that I had gotten a lot of opportunities to prove myself
earlier on and have had a fantastic opportunity to drive a car
in a Bond film.
What was your first film to perform as a stunt stuntman?
first film was Plunkett & Macleane in
'99 with Robert Carlyle. They had a carriage, which
robbing. The carriage was being pulled away by a load of
horses, and it was all-alight - we were jumping of the
of it to escape.
Left: The Jaguar XKR George drove in "Die Another Day".
What was your first film to perform as a stunt driver?
I think it was something like "Cold Feet" or "Coronation Street" English
soap operas. It was one of my first jobs. It was literally driving around
a corner and stopping on a mark as an old lady was crossing the road. It was
arts as basic as that.
At what stage did you come onboard the Die Another
We were involved quite early because Vic Armstrong
gave us the opportunity for 6 weeks of rehearsal on the hovercrafts.
So we were involved from around November time and principle photography
started in January so we were involved for two months before
whole film kicked off. So it was quite nice to get to grips with
As much as its nice to have the prep time, it can sometimes
be that you get none and you are thrown in at the deep end.
Vic Armstrong is a legend in the stunt world and the
Bond "family". What
was it like working with him on the Bond projects?
is fantastic youve picked the fantastic word legend.
I mean before I was even in the business you hear of Vic
Armstrong as an ore inspiring record breaking person.
Hes taken the whole stunt world and the stunt man
to new heights. Anywhere you go in the world any film industry
you talk about Vic Armstrong hes known. I mean
to get that phone call from Vic, to say what you doing for
the next 3 months do you want to work for me.
think theres a stuntman on the planet that would
Right: The crew prepare the XKR for the next stunt.
So it was a fantastic opportunity, you know to actual prove
yourself and actually put yourself through the paces. I think
the boys always have that much more respect for him because you
know that has been there and done it and theres probably
nothing that he hasnt done that hes asking you to
do. You know hed never ask you to do something that he
didnt think he be incapable of doing it himself.
What has been you favourite film you have worked on, or your favourite
stunt you have performed?
I'd have to say its "Die Another Day", because of the
fact that I was so involved with it. Everyday we were working
hard and its really nice to be involved in a project where
your involvement goes form the very beginning right through
very end - and you have such a fantastic end product. We are
kind of behind the scenes because obviously
Pierce and Rick are the front people
and were behind them, but obviously nothing would be possible
the whole crew behind them - with regards to that the while Bond
crew is second to none.
You are sometimes listed as Pierces stunt
double - what did this involve and which scenes did you
I doubled Pierce in the opening sequence, which was the hovercraft stuff, all
the hovercraft chase was me doubling Pierce, so that was about it really because
then Ray doubled him for the driving. Then Mark his principle double - did the
Left: An shot of George Cottle doubling for Zao at Pinewood
Keep an eye out for the second part of the interview where
we chat about "Aldershot and Hovercrafts"...
Many thanks to George Cottle.
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- George Cottle (Part 2)
Interview - George
Cottle (Part 3)
Interview - George
Cottle (Part 4)
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