RIP – Martin Grace

Martin Grace, stuntman on several Bond films, has died.  Grace performed many iconic stunts in the OO7 films he worked on. one of the ninja's attacking Blofeld's volcano layer in "You Only Live Twice" (1967)... Roger Moore's stunt double in "The Spy Who Loved Me" (1977), specifically the driving scenes in Sardinia... Richard Keil's long-shot double in Eqypt in "The Spy Who Loved Me" (1977)... stunt Blofeld (once he's attached to the helicopter strut) in "For Your Eyes Only" (1981)... Roger Moore's double during the circus train sequence of "Octopussy" (1983) (Martin Grace was quite badly injured during this sequence. While hanging off the side of the train, he slammed into a concrete pylon, shattering his pelvis)... Roger Moore's stunt double during the Eiffel Tower sequence in "A View To A Kill" (1985) - Martin is clearly visible performing the leap onto the elevator as Bond sets off after May Day...

...and as Roger Moore's stunt double for the real fight atop the Golden Gate Bridge in "A View To A Kill" (1985).

Martin Grace (1942 - 2010)


~ by seangstm on January 29, 2010.

3 Responses to “RIP – Martin Grace”

  1. That second last photo: urgh. Braver man than I. Godspeed you reckless fool!

    • Yeah, although I feel A View To a Kill is one of the weaker entries, the climax is top notch (one of the best in the entire series). They nicely blend Martin’s doubling on the real Golden Gate Bridge, Roger Moore, Tanya Roberts and Chris Walken on the Pinewood backlot as well as some impressive rear projection work.

      He was pretty fearless.

  2. Dear Sir, I have great respect for Martin Grace, who was my work colleague and friend. When Martin had his accident on Octopussy hanging on the side of train, I was asked to supervise and double for Roger on the train sequence. One of the photographs on your site is of me jumping over the pipe. I have this photograph on my website and send out to fans, so you putting it on your website as Martins is a little embarrassing. Martin was a great stuntmen and double for the Roger Moore and I’m sure there are other photographs that you could use, I would be grateful if you replaced it with one of them. Sorry to be so picky, but you can see my dilemma with my fans. Thank you. Regards, Paul Weston

    **At the request of Paul Weston, a fellow Bond stuntman, I have replaced the previous image**

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