Sometimes playing Bond meant more than leaping into hazardous areas for other people, as Armstrong learned on the set of Never Say Never Again. “It was wonderful living in the south of France - Monte Carlo, casinos, motorbikes. It was fun.” But though Armstrong got a taste for the 007 lifestyle, this unofficial Bond had a very distinctive feel. “It was totally different”, he stresses. “This was a regular movie really whereas Bond has a different atmosphere. We had benchmarks to work to on that one whereas with the other [Eon-produced Bonds] you have a whole legacy behind it so you can’t screw up.” Despite its rogue status Never Say Never Again provided just as many new challenges for the performer as a ‘true’ Bond film. “I was hanging under a helicopter in a skin diving outfit on a very windy day and I nearly came a cropper because the wind blew me close to the stone wall of the well we were diving into.