A new survey reveals fan favourite stunt sequences
from the James Bond series so far, with some surprising
Bond Stunts Poll
25th September 2008
The stunning crane jump from "Casino
Royale" (2006) - Daniel
Craig's first outing as 007 - has been voted the best ever James
stunt in a survey of over 1,400 RadioTimes.com users.
It was closely followed by the daring scene
from 1977's "The Spy Who
Loved Me", in which Bond (played by Roger
off a cliff edge to almost certain doom, only to open a Union
Jack parachute in mid air.
The crane stunt previously scooped ‘Best
High Work’ at the World Stunt Awards in 2007 for
stuntmen Ben Cooke, Kai Martin, Marvin Stewart-Campbell
and Adam Kirley.
Other record holding stunts in the survey
included: the barrel roll”car jump from "The
Man with the Golden Gun" (1974) performed by stuntman ‘Bumps’ Willard;
the speedboat leap from "Live
And Let Die" (1973);and the Verzasca Dam dive
in "GoldenEye" (1995)
which registered a world record off-ground bungee jump
height of 220m.
Radio Times film editor Andrew Collins
personal favourite Bond stunt is the ski jump off the mountain
because it was actually done. There would be no need to do
that today, thanks to digital effects and, even if they did
do it, we'd assume it was tampered with afterwards by a man
at a computer." The 'free running'
scenes in Casino Royale marked a return to more realistic
stunts. Collins said: "They were actually done by very
agile men bouncing off walls but, for me, it can never match
the good old days of stuntmen, parachutes and no re-takes."
Above: Connery prepares for the
jetpack scene in 1965's "Thunderball"
1. Jumping from crane to crane - Casino Royale
2. Ski chase and parachute jump - The Spy Who Loved Me (11%)
3. The car barrel roll - The Man With The Golden Gun (10%)
4. Speedboat leap - Live And Let Die (8%)
5. Thames Speedboat chase - The World is Not Enough (7%)
6. Aston Martin ejector seat - Goldfinger (5%)
7. Dive off the Verzasca Dam - GoldenEye (5%)
8. Ski chase - On Her Majesty's Secret Service (5%)
9. Jumping over crocodiles - Live And Let Die (5%)
10. Motorbike jump over a helicopter - Tomorrow Never Dies (4%)
11. Aston Martin crash and roll - Casino Royale (4%)
12. Jumping from a plane without a parachute - Moonraker (4%)
13. Parachute jump from the Eiffel Tower - A View To A Kill (4%)
14. Remote-control driving the BMW - Tomorrow Never Dies (4%)
15. The jet-pack escape - Thunderball (3%)
16. Little Nellie gyrocopter sequence - You Only Live Twice (2%)
17. Micro jet flown through the aircraft hanger - Octopussy (2%)
18. Car on two wheels - Diamonds Are Forever (2%)
19. Lorry chase - Licence To Kill (1%)
20. Barefoot water-skiing - Licence To Kill (1%)
Above: Q briefs Bond on Little
Nellie in 1967's "You Only Live Twice"
The survey was run to coincide with the release of the Radio
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