Saturday, January 30, 2010

RIP Martin Grace

James Bond stuntman Martin Grace passed away in Spain on January 27th. He was 67. Grace was born in Kilkenny, Ireland and joined a stunt agency in the 1960s. His first commercial work was in commercials as the mysterious Cadbury man of action. This led to work on “Dr. Who” (1965) and then in “You Only Live Twice” (1967). In 1975 he became Roger Moore's stunt double on “The Spy Who Loved Me” and continued to double Moore until 1985. He suffered terrible injuries during the train filming sequence of “Octopussy”. Over his career Grace appeared in more than 70 films. He suffered a motorcycle accident this past November and fractured his pelvis. Developing breathing problems in late January he was taken from his home to a hospital in spain where he died on an aneurism and died on Januart 27th. Martin Grace was the stunt coordinator on the Euro-western “North Star” (1996) starring James Cann and Christopher Lambert.

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