Legendary stunt driver Rémy Julienne dies from covid

The 90 year old had been suffering from covid and died from complications caused by the disease.

Rémy Julienne in Cannes in 2009 (Olivier Strecker)

Rémy Julienne, who was responsible for the car stunts on six James Bond movies, sadly died in hospital yesterday after contracting covid-19 a fortnight ago.

The French stunt driver reportedly performed stunts in no less than 1,400 films over the course of his career, which started back in 1964. These included Octopussy (1983), A View to a Kill (1985), The Living Daylights (1987), License to Kill (1989) and Goldeneye (1995).

As well as being a driving stunt performer and coordinator, Julienne also worked as assistant director and occasional actor. He was also a rallycross champion and 1956 French motocross champion.

As well as his stunt driving on the Bond films he worked on the original The Italian Job (1969). Out of the six Bonds he worked on Julienne was joined by his two sons for three of them.

His choreographed stunt sequences were usually destructive, with high-speed chases and highly realistic vehicle behaviour. French car manufacturers, notably Renault and Citroën, frequently called on his services for their TV and film commercials. He also coordinated the attraction Moteurs… Action! Stunt Show Spectacular at Walt Disney Studios Park in Paris.

Rémy Julienne began a school in France to provide drivers and mechanics with the specialized skills needed for stunt work.

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