Die Another Day (2002)The Car Aston Martin Vanquish V12
The Bond Move 007 pulls off a series of controlled spins and skids at high speed on the frozen Icelandic tundra – while duelling with Korean henchman Zao in an equally flash motor. Multi-tasking at its best.
Your Move Leading British stunt driver Rocky Taylor (www.actionstuntsrockytaylor.com) says the worst thing you can do when skidding on ice is to slam on the brakes. "You have to control the slides with the throttle," says Rocky, who has appeared in 14 James Bond movies. "If you take your foot off the accelerator, you just keep spinning. Instead, use the engine to accelerate out of the spin, controlling the throttle like a footbrake."
The other key thing, says Rocky, is to turn the steering wheel into the spin. "If you're skidding to the left, then turn to the left," he says. "In this situation, you turn into the spin and accelerate. That'll set you right." Good to remember next time you're dueling with a Korean in Iceland, or hit a patch of black ice near Thredbo.
For Your Eyes Only (1981)The Car Citroen 2CV
The Bond Move "Go backwards, forwards quickly", screams the sultry, crossbow-wielding Bond girl Melina Havelock – and Roger Moore does just that. The safari-suited one escapes his pursuers by reversing down a dusty hill road at full speed, before executing a perfect 180 degree turn – all in Melina's banana-yellow Citroen 2CV.
Your Move "High speed reversing is quite simple really," says Rocky, who has doubled for Moore, as well as Sean Connery and Pierce Brosnan. "All you need to do is keep the wheel straight, and you can easily get up to 60 or 70 miles an hour. If the wheel starts to wander, you just tickle it: nudge it, inch by inch, but don't turn it hard. You also need to look out of the back window to keep your horizon fixed and constant."
As for the abrupt turn, Rocky says: "If you want to turn quickly, you hit the brake, spin the wheel hard then hit the throttle, changing into first or second gear as you turn. "Weight is very important in this – the heavier the car the better. Very light, top heavy vehicles like the 2CV may go over if you don't do it right." In other words, next time you're being pursued by some evil henchmen, try to make sure your lady has a better set of wheels.
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A View To A Kill (1985)
The Car Renault 11
The Bond Move After May Day's spectacular BASE jump off the Eiffel tower, Bond commandeers a taxi to pursue her – taking a shortcut down the nearest flight of steps.
Your Move Driving down a series of pedestrian steps outside one of the world's most popular tourist attractions is not advisable. Even if it is in France. However, according to Rocky, the skills employed are useful for driving down any steep inclines – particularly off-road.
"Obviously, having strong suspension is important for things like this, and again, your bodyweight is crucial," says Rocky. "You've got to stay as still as possible, and concentrate on not falling left or right, so you can remain in control of the car. "Just let gravity take you. When it comes in, you go with it; never try to avoid gravity or you'll flip over. If you think you're skidding, then use the throttle to accelerate out of it. But you should hardly need to use the pedal at all. Let gravity do the work." And keep your eyes open for irate gendarmes. (or just walk down the steps.)
Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)The Car BMW 750iL
The Bond Move Bond, driving his BMW via remote control, thrashes the car around a multi-storey Hamburg car park, before leading his trigger-happy pursuers up to the top level - and straight through a concrete wall.
Your Move If you're going to hit a wall and there's nothing you can do to stop yourself, you need to concentrate on getting low," says Rocky, who was driving the pursuing vehicle during this stunt.
"Everything heavy comes through the windscreen," he says. "So you need to duck down underneath the wheel and brace yourself. The alternative, if there is no passenger, is to slide your body across to the other seat. For stunts like this, I have a rope tied to the passenger seat and pull myself right over just before impact. "It's important to get the speed right too – in order to break through the wall but also minimise the potential of injury. That obviously depends on the thickness of the wall, but for this one, we were doing about 30-35mph."
This may be come in handy when leaving a Westfield car park during the Christmas holidays, but is not recommended.Words by Jonathan Thompson