Bond’s Greatest Stunt

royale65royale65 Caustic misanthrope reporting for duty.
edited June 2012 in Trivia & Games Posts: 4,395
Now then children, after DarthDimi’s excellent debate thread, I got to thinking what our favourite stunt is. EVER!

Here are the runners and riders;

YOLT: Gliding down into the Volcano Base
DAF: Down the alley
LALD: Speedboat jump
LALD: Running over those “potential overnight bags”
TMWTGG: Corkscrew jump
Spy: Mount Asgard jump
MR: Two men, one parachute
MR: Hang gliding over Iguacu Falls
MR: Sugar Loaf Mountain; Dicky Graydon stunt, Cable Car
FYEO: Beckton Gasworks helicopter stunt
FYEO: Dangling from St Cyril's
FYEO: Bobsleigh chase, at Cortina
OP: Martin Grace’s stunt; clinging on the train
AVTAK: Parisian car chase; car on a bus...
AVTAK: Eiffel tower base jump
TLD: Gibraltar skydiving
TLD: Cargo net fight
TLD: Clambering on the Jeep
LTK: Water-skiing, behind the plane
LTK: Tanker Climax
GE: Bungee Jump
TND: HALO
TND: Helicopter and a motorcycle
TWINE: Out the window in PTS
TWINE: Corkscrew jump on the Thames
DAD: The real surfing; PTS
CR: Crane Jump
CR: Totalling the Aston Martin

(Should we include OHMSS’s epic ski chase, or TB’s underwater battle, TLD’s Soviet Airbase etc, etc, etc? They’re not stunts per se, what do you think?)

I know I forgotten some stunts, so any help would be appreciated peeps. ;-)

If the Mod’s were to leave this open, for a few days, so I can get the competitors in order, please? Then this game shall join the queue.


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  • 0BradyM0Bondfanatic70BradyM0Bondfanatic7 I've missed you all.
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    Where is the construction site chase in CR??
  • Creasy47Creasy47 In Cuba with Natalya.Moderator
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    Where is the construction site chase in CR??

    I was thinking that, too, but it appears to me that it's more about a certain stunt than a sequence. But, with the construction site chase, what about Bond jumping off the crane?
  • 0BradyM0Bondfanatic70BradyM0Bondfanatic7 I've missed you all.
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    Creasy47 wrote:
    Where is the construction site chase in CR??

    I was thinking that, too, but it appears to me that it's more about a certain stunt than a sequence. But, with the construction site chase, what about Bond jumping off the crane?
    That's what I mean.
  • Creasy47Creasy47 In Cuba with Natalya.Moderator
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    Ohh, okay, my apologies. The crash of the Aston Martin was good, but that jump is so much better.
  • edited June 2012 Posts: 2,782
    Where is the construction site chase in CR??

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=HA-EcbR18BI







    And it's got to be the Union Jack parachute - no cgi here.
  • Posts: 12,590
    What about the TLD cargo net fight? I suppose it's a sequence, but you could just say dangling from the cargo net in TLD. That's my favourite.

    The TSWLM ski jump, LTK plane water skiing and GE bungee jump are my runners up.
  • 0BradyM0Bondfanatic70BradyM0Bondfanatic7 I've missed you all.
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    The TLD cargo fight is brilllllllliant! And the GE tank chase!
  • Creasy47Creasy47 In Cuba with Natalya.Moderator
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    I love the part in the GE tank chase when Bond absolutely demolishes a police car by running over it; no way that there would be any survivors. But, Campbell and MGW pointed out in the commentary that they had the feeling people would point that out, so as Bond drives away, you see two officers climbing out of the wreckage, even though it would be physically possible for them to have survived.
  • Posts: 12,289
    There are so many? But the thread says STUNT. I will have to with the TSWLM parachute jump without a doubt. Sheer madness but absoloutely brilliant!
  • BennyBenny Classified Administrator, Moderator
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    There is one stunt that still amazes.
  • Posts: 278
    I've been watching these films all of my 45 years and have seen every film in the cinema at some stage.
    I have never seen any part of any film (Bond or otherwise) get a round of applause as good as the parachute jump in Spy has every time I've seen it with an audience since 1977.
    Superb!
  • CraigMooreOHMSSCraigMooreOHMSS Dublin, Ireland
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    The bike jumping over the helicopter in TND should be included here I think.
  • Samuel001Samuel001 Moderator
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    The bike jumping over the helicopter in TND should be included here I think.

    Does that count? The blades were added via CGI?
  • CraigMooreOHMSSCraigMooreOHMSS Dublin, Ireland
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    Samuel001 wrote:
    The bike jumping over the helicopter in TND should be included here I think.

    Does that count? The blades were added via CGI?

    The blades were, but I still think it's a great stunt. A testament to how good Vic Armstrong was on second unit.
  • Posts: 228
    Favorite stunt at the top of my mind -

    Bond (Brosnan) fastly improvises in the beginning of twine to escape the oncoming police in the swiss bank office.

    Bond uses that cord or rope, ties it onto the passed out guard for weight leverage and leaps out of the window casually sliding downward onto the street.

    I thought that was pretty clever scene.
  • 4EverBonded4EverBonded Riding a white swan to Matera
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    That is a great scene.
    For me, Bond's best stunt is hard to say ... maybe a close toss up between TSWLM ski jump, the cargo plane fight in TLD, and the corkscrew jump in TMWTGG. But there are plenty more for sure.
  • royale65royale65 Caustic misanthrope reporting for duty.
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    @Brady and others, your stunts have been added. Anymore? ;)
  • Posts: 105
    I always liked the running across the crocodiles backs in LALD - simple yet effective.
  • TheWizardOfIceTheWizardOfIce 'One of the Internet's more toxic individuals'
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    I would say that classifying best stunt has to be based on these criteria:

    How 'for real' is it - ie are there any harnesses or effects involved?

    How much danger is the stuntman in if something goes wrong - danger of death or just broken bones?

    Wow factor

    Based on this I would say the following are my top 5:

    5. LALD - Crocodile run: Totally original and dripping with Bondian cool this was also pretty dangerous as working with live animals as integral parr of the stunt removes crucial control over safety. The deleted scenes on the DVD show Kananga could easily have lost a hand or foot. Loses the odd Mark for tying the crocs down (for obvious reasons) so not as dangerous as it looked.

    4. TWINE - boat corkscrew: just gets the nod over TMWTGG due to added danger. Both pretty identical and the stuntman only has to hit his marks to get it right, however Bumps Willard has a roll cage around him whereas Gary Powell would be hitting gave first into water at speed which would be extremely painful.

    3. OP - hanging from the side of the train: No wires just Martin Grace and a moving train and as proven by his accident - pretty damn dangerous if something goes wrong.

    2. TLD - Cargo net fight: Simply jaw dropping stuff. OK they had parachutes but other than that all done for real. And after Lombard and the bags of opium fell away BJ was in serious danger of being killed as the net thrashed around. Today no one would even attempt it - even probably on a Bond film - it would all be done with effects.

    1. TSWLM - Ski jump. What can be said here? Not just a base jump from one of the most inaccessible places in earth but on skis as well. Once Rick goes there are no reserve safety measures at all, it's just him and his skill. If anything goes wrong he's almost certainly dead.
    But nothing does go wrong and the inspired addition of a Union Jack chute and a triumphant blast of the Bond theme gives us one of the most iconic moments of the series and arguably the best stunt in film history.
  • edited June 2012 Posts: 2,341
    :)
  • edited June 2012 Posts: 2,341
    forgive the above post. I have no idea what I am doing....

    I always thought that the ski jump is overrated. It was cool but we always knew what was gonna happen. Now the PTS of MR was in my opinion the greatest stunt and it was actually performed by real stunt men.
    Even the escape from the crocodile infested island in LALD was more impressive because I never saw that one coming. May not have been as dangerous as someone said earlier but I would never attempt it.
    The cargo net fight in TLD is also very impressive. Hanging on while trying to beat the crap out of each other? Great stunt.
  • Posts: 5,745
    Are we judging the stunt by the work behind it, or it's portrayal on the screen.

    If it's the work behind it then definitely the TSWLM ski jump. Someone had to have massive balls to do that.

    Others under stunt work would be:
    *All of the ski chases*
    Octopussy train stunt
    Bond v Necros
    Casino Royale crane jump 1 & 2
    LTK Plane-ski
    LTK trucker-missile dodge (they actually had a stunt guy drive it on its side 0_o)

    If it's portrayal than imho the Goldeneye bungee wins, just because of the way it was shot.

    Others under stunt presentation would be:
    Casino car flip
    TB jet pack
    TWINE curtain-dive
    etc.

  • Posts: 819
    I think that the TMWTGG car jump is the best, as it was told to the producers to be impossible, but they pulled it off. Take that, physics! :-B
  • edited June 2012 Posts: 5,767
    Well, if not the most tasteful, but at least the most dangerous stunt, especially since the actor himself performed it, hasn´t been mentioned yet at all:

    http://image.toutlecine.com/photos/d/a/n/dangereusement-votre-1985-13-g.jpg
  • CraigMooreOHMSSCraigMooreOHMSS Dublin, Ireland
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    boldfinger wrote:
    Well, if not the most tasteful, but at least the most dangerous stunt, especially since the actor himself performed it, hasn´t been mentioned yet at all:

    http://image.toutlecine.com/photos/d/a/n/dangereusement-votre-1985-13-g.jpg

    Indeed. Very dangerous considering his age, he could have broken his back or something.

  • Lancaster007Lancaster007 Shrublands Health Clinic, England
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    Have to say the ski jump in PTS for TSWLM. Saw it three times in the Drake Cinema, Plymouth during the summer of '77 (first time me and some mates skived off school to see it) and every time there was stunned silence then clapping and cheering when the Union Flag parachute opened. Classic Bond stunt.
  • Posts: 4,894
    The fall from St. Cyril has to be in the top five, IMHO. We really got the impression that Bond was in Danger.
    And the whole truck chase in LTK. Possibly Rémy Julienne's masterpiece (and I remind you that it's the guy who did the stunts in The Italian Job. The original, that is, not the american copy).
  • Posts: 11,425
    Has to be the ski jump in Spy. It is not just the best Bond stunt, but one of the best stunts ever, full stop.
  • Posts: 5,634
    Going over the edge on the bungee jump at the Arkhangel facility in the Goldeneye opening

    The free fall sequence in Moonraker teaser

    Somersault car over bridge, Man with the Golden Gun

    Jump off the Eiffel Tower, View to a Kill

    Parachute jump, Spy who loved me

    there are just a few examples I would include
  • royale65royale65 Caustic misanthrope reporting for duty.
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    royale65 wrote:
    Now then children, after DarthDimi’s excellent debate thread, I got to thinking what our favourite stunt is. EVER!

    Here are the runners and riders;

    YOLT: Gliding down into the Volcano Base
    DAF: Down the alley
    LALD: Speedboat jump
    LALD: Running over those “potential overnight bags”
    TMWTGG: Corkscrew jump
    Spy: Mount Asgard jump
    MR: Two men, one parachute
    MR: Hang gliding over Iguacu Falls
    MR: Sugar Loaf Mountain; Dicky Graydon stunt, Cable Car
    FYEO: Beckton Gasworks helicopter stunt
    FYEO: Dangling from St Cyril's
    FYEO: Bobsleigh chase, at Cortina
    OP: Martin Grace’s stunt; clinging on the train
    AVTAK: Parisian car chase; car on a bus...
    AVTAK: Eiffel tower base jump
    TLD: Gibraltar skydiving
    TLD: Cargo net fight
    TLD: Clambering on the Jeep
    LTK: Water-skiing, behind the plane
    LTK: Tanker Climax
    GE: Bungee Jump
    TND: HALO
    TND: Helicopter and a motorcycle
    TWINE: Out the window in PTS
    TWINE: Corkscrew jump on the Thames
    DAD: The real surfing; PTS
    CR: Crane Jump
    CR: Totalling the Aston Martin

    (Should we include OHMSS’s epic ski chase, or TB’s underwater battle, TLD’s Soviet Airbase etc, etc, etc? They’re not stunts per se, what do you think?)

    I know I forgotten some stunts, so any help would be appreciated peeps. ;-)

    Cool, keep 'em coming....

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