Friday, 30 September 2016

Is The Living Daylights' cello case sled scene possible?

Leading scientists and engineers have studied stunts in James Bond films.


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James Bond, played by Timothy Dalton in "The Living Daylights", turns a cello case into a skeleton sled so he and Kara Milovy (played by Maryam d'Abo) can escape gun-wielding assailants pursuing them on skis and in a snow-adapted armoured car.
Of course, 007 and his love interest make it to the Austrian border just in time.
However, according to former world champion skeleton sled racer Kristian Bromley, they would have trouble staying on the case, let alone escaping their pursuers.
 
Bromley, who now designs high-tech sleds for Olympic racers, says that if a cello case had any square edges, it is doubtful that it would slide on snow at all.
He explains that the case would at least need a leading edge to lift itself slightly off the ground to create enough pressure for both sled and riders to move across the snow.
He adds, though, that even if the cello case was the right shape, there would be no way that Bond and his companion could steer it the right direction.
'They would need some kind of steering mechanism, or to use their hands outside the case. If they tried this, they would most likely spin around uncontrollably and end up falling out.'

Bromley adds that even if Bond could control the case, he still wouldn't be able to outpace the skiers.

Source: James Bond 007: 7 Bond stunts - E & T Magazine



The Living Daylights' cello case sled scene: IMPOSSIBLE


Thursday, 29 September 2016

In Memoriam: Yvan Chiffre

Yvan Chiffre (3 March 1936, Paris, France - 27 September 2016, Adissan, France) has passed away.



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Yvan Chiffre entered the world of James Bond  in "Thunderball" (1965), where he was a Stunt coordinator. (uncredited)




Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Could James Bond REALLY fly a helicopter upside down?

Could James Bond REALLY fly a helicopter upside down?

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Leading scientists and engineers have studied stunts in James Bond films.


"SPECTRE" (2015) had everyone talking when a helicopter, presumably with Bond in the cockpit, performs a 360° corkscrew stunt.

Helicopter pilot Mike Buckley from the British Airline Pilots Association says that it is possible to fly a helicopter upside down for a short period of time.

'Helicopter pilots are highly trained and this footage appears to be a Bo105 undertaking a very skilled manoeuvre with an expert pilot at the controls.'

Bond, being Bond, has obviously undergone rigorous training.

Buckley explains the Bo105 has a rigid rotor head which makes it possible to fly these amazing routines.

'The Westland Lynx, as flown by the UK Army Air Corps and the Royal Navy, also has a rigid head and is often seen in air shows around the UK doing rolls and occasionally loops,' he says.

Buckley admits it's difficult to tell if this footage is a real flight or a CGI recreation, because the film makers may have filmed a real flight and tinkered with the images afterwards.

'There are strict rules about low flying, so if it is real footage, the backdrop [of the city] may have been added later,' he says.


Source: James Bond 007: 7 Bond stunts - E & T Magazine

Spectre's upside-down helicopter: POSSIBLE


See our earlier published stories how stuntman Chuck Aaron did this here (including VIDEO) and here




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Tuesday, 27 September 2016

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Monday, 26 September 2016

007 Event: James Bond Phenomenon slideshow lecture by Bond book author Raymond Benson (28th of September 2016)

What: Bond book author Raymond Benson presents his "James Bond Phenomenon" slideshow lecture 
Where: Geneva Public Library, 127 James St., Geneva IL, USA
When
Wednesday 28th of September 2016, at 7pm.


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