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Skydiving Test Footage (2006)

Video  -  Documentary | Short  -  2006 (USA)
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Extra original 1979 footage of the opening sequence aerial fight filmed in Northern California for the James Bond movie Moonraker (1979).

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Credited cast:
Jake Lombard ...
Himself / James Bond
Ron Luginbill ...
Himself / Jaws
Himself / Narrator (voice) (as Michael Wilson)
B.J. Worth ...
Himself / Pilot Private Jet


Extra original 1979 footage of the opening sequence aerial fight filmed in Northern California for the James Bond movie Moonraker (1979).

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Learning to Freefall  »

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Except for a few brief close-ups, the entire sequence of Bond, Jaws and the pilot falling from the plane with Bond and the pilot fighting for a single parachute was actually shot in free-fall. The camera for these sequences was mounted on the helmet of another skydiver, and a few shots are of the cameraman's own arms and legs. Stuntmen Jake Lombard and B.J. Worth wore parachutes concealed within their suits. The "parachute" they fought over was actually a dummy 'chute which had to be removed before the stuntman could use the real parachute underneath. Stuntman Jake Lombard would don and remove the dummy 'chute up to three times in a single jump. The actual parachutes used by the stuntmen had both a main and reserve 'chute concealed within the suitcoats. A breakaway seam ran down the backside which allowed the parachute to be opened without the need to remove the coat. There were only sixty to seventy seconds of freefall time between when the stunt performers exited the aircraft and when they had to activate their 'chutes. After factoring in the time needed to get the performers and cameraman into position after leaving their plane, only a few seconds of film could be shot per jump. Therefore, the entire sequence required 88 jumps and five weeks to film, just to produce the two minutes of footage in the final film. See more »


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"Learning to Free Fall" is the primary name . . .
3 July 2014 | by (Jacksonville, FL) – See all my reviews

. . . of this 3 minute, 55.11-second short, which probably is the reason fewer than five people have found it to date on IMDb. (James Bond fans are a dedicated bunch, and this documentary short would have at least 40 or 50 formal ratings--plus who knows how many page views--if it were labeled the same as its in-film title card and DVD box listing, i.e.--LEARNING TO FREEFALL: SKY DIVING TEST FOOTAGE. Who wouldn't want to know about the first guy who tried to jump out of a airborne jet on purpose with NO VISIBLE PARACHUTE on his back? B.J. Worth and Jake Lombard are the "heroes" of a stunt NOT reproduced so far by the JACKASS crew. Their work is in support of the mid-opening-titles set piece at the beginning of MOONRAKER, the 11th Eon Company James Bond outing. (Actor Richard Kiel's "Jaws" character pushes Roger Moore as Agent 007 out of the small jet chute-less, so Bond needs to dive down to an earlier bad guy jumper and steal his chute in order to survive for the actual MOONRAKER space jaunt).

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