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The Amazing Double Life of Vic Armstrong
The great Bond stunt man relives his more daring deeds

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Damien must have compelled Armstrong to undertake his lunatic feat in The Omen III: The Final Conflict. “It wasn’t the sort of thing you’d want to do everyday,” he understates of the 100ft freefall. “You look down and the airbag looks about as big as your phone,” he explains, pointing to the tiny smartphone on the coffee table. “You’re doing 70 mph then you hit it and stop within three foot.” There’s a special knack to falling 100ft and not dying instantly, as Armstrong points out: “If you’re not in exactly the right position, or if your arm is out, or your back bends the wrong way, you’re dead. You have to keep your knees apart otherwise you take your eyes out and break your cheekbones.” It turns out that even the film crew weren’t convinced it was the best idea as Armstrong discovered when he overheard a private radio message from assistant director Dusty Symonds. “There’s nobody in front of it, you’ve got a clear run, the doors are open and they’ve got the stretcher outside with it. We had a laugh and a joke about it. It’s funny how you get calm about it.”

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1 Vic Armstrong
Oh there has to be a second part to this feature surely!!! Vic is a legend and a remarkably modest individual too. Thanks for all your hard work Mr Armstrong - I have been enjoying your stunts all my cinema going life! More

Posted by TheSomnambulist on Tuesday April 8, 2014, 11:47

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Brilliant stuff, thank you. More

Posted by Schnorbitz on Friday April 4, 2014, 13:44

3 the man
they don't make em like Vic anymore. More

Posted by leroythemasochist on Friday April 4, 2014, 07:06


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