MI6 talks to Steve Street about
his specialist driving work on "The World Is Not
Enough" and life as a stunt man...
Interview - Steve Street (Part 3)
14th September 2003
MI6 had the chance this week to catch up with the 2002 Emmy
Winner for Outstanding Stunt Coordination, Steven Street. He
has performed as a stuntman and specialist driver, on Goldeneye, Tomorrow
Never Dies and The World is Not Enough. In
this final part of the three interviews, MI6 chats about his
accomplishments and his experience on the sets of the Bond films.
The World is Not Enough
The `blind driver` sequence was notably shorter in the final
cut of "The World Is Not Enough" than the work you did for "Tomorrow
Never Dies". Was it just as time consuming
Yes there was a very little sequence there; there were
no monitors used in it. I was just sitting on the floor in the
front. I did
not have any prep time, it was more of a novelty factor as everyone
enjoyed the blind driving in the first one Tomorrow Never
Dies, they wanted to do a similar sort of thing to say
that it was still there.
'...he is a most
valuable asset to any movie which strives for excellence...' - Pierce Brosnan
The set looked very small in the film, did this lead to
complications for driving the car?
Yes it was a small set but it did not lead to complications
because it did not have to do a great deal compared to
the car park in "Tomorrow Never Dies"..
Where was the sequence filmed and how long did it take from
prep to shot?
I just came in for the filming at Pinewood studios.
Were there any heart-stopping moments during
you time on the Bond films, or did everything go to plan?
seemed to go to plan; we had our moments I suppose, though
I cant think of any moments in particular.
I suppose when we were rehearsing prepping and going
around all these bollards when preparing for "Tomorrow
Never Dies" wed
have noted the problems encountered, take it from there,
and correct it.
Life As A Stuntman
How do you feel about the advances computer imagery is making
into cinema? Do you feel the days of the stunt man are numbered,
or will there always be a need to have a man in the midst of
the action for real?
I think there will always be a need for a stuntman. But for the crazy
stunts they will be computer generated. They will always be a need for
a basic stuntman, I think the computer-generated stuff has gone a little too
far for some people and they need some reality.
Vic Armstrong is a legend in the stunt world and the Bond "family".
What was it like working with him on the Bond projects?
Vic is a very
competent professional man, as you know. Its
always great to learn from someone like Vic.
What has been you favourite film you have worked on, or
your favourite stunt you have performed?
I think my favorite film Ive worked on was actually a war
film in Slovakia called Uprising. It was an American
film, which was made in Slovakia.
Have you seen the latest Bond film "Die Another Day",
and if so, how do
you think it compares to the last few?
Ive seen "Die Another
Day" and thought it was OK, the computer-generated
stuff had gone a little too far
and had made some things a little unbelievable. Whereas you
always think some of the things Bond does are a little unbelievable,
the computer generated stuff never actually happened.
I came fairly close to working on the DAD in the coordinating
role, but it was either that or working on "Terminator 3" in
the USA. So
I ended up working T3 but hopefully on the next one Ill
have another chance.
Thanks to Steve Street, and hopefully MI6 we will catch
up with him again during Bond 21...
Name: Steve Street
"GoldenEye" - Specialist Driver
"Tomorrow Never Dies" - Specialist Driver
"The World Is Not Enough" - Specialist Driver
Steve Street (Part 1)
Steve Street (Part 2)
MI6 "The World is
Not Enough" Coverage