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Thursday, December 3, 2009

A little story behind Live and Let Die (1973)

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I've been reading this book called Bond Girls Are Forever and it's filled with tons of pics and history of all the women who have been in a Bond film. And there are lots of stories that happened while making these films. Here is one interesting story. It involved Jane Seymour who played the tarot reading Solitaire in 1973's Live and Let Die, the first Bond outing by Roger Moore. Anyway Ms. Seymour was all of 21 years old when she landed the part and was a little nervous. During one particular scene the film-makers decided it was safe to allow Jane to take part in some very nerve-wracking stunt work. The stunt involved a double-decker bus going through a bridge and the top level coming off. Just before Jane was do it, she asked where was Roger? And they said his stunt man was going to do the scene. Who also happened to be an expert bus driver. Jane said the man even looked like Roger and thought that was cool. And then it dawned on her, waitaminute, "Where's my stunt double?" So Jane asked the stunt man did he have much experience doing this and he replied not with a double decker bus. So Jane was terrified and almost walked off the set but the producers and the press were there that day on set to see the scene. And being a newbie, she didn't want to jeopardize her career. So they did the scene and it worked out one one take, which was a good thing, since they had only bus setup for the shot. Jane says her brief look of sheer terror on her face before the bus hits the bridge isn't was for real. But she made it through and when the film wrapped and finally came out she was more than pleased with the final outcome. I thought that was a cool little story to share.

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