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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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NEVER SAY NEVER AGAIN (1983)

Never Say Never Again

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.

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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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