Longtime James Bond Stuntman Richard Graydon Dies at 92
British stuntman Richard Graydon, who performed in 10 James Bond films, died Dec. 22 at 92, The Telegraph reported in an obituary.
His first screen credit was in 1952, as one of Robin Hood’s “merrie men” in the Disney film The Story of Robin Hood and His Merrie Men.
His stunt career started in 1963 with From Russia with Love, according to The Telegraph. It was followed by Goldfinger (1964) and Thunderball (1965). Graydon became a staple in Bond films for decades, adding seven more to his movie roster: A View to a Kill, Octopussy,For Your Eyes Only, Moonraker, The Spy Who Loved Me, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, and You Only Live Twice.
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Graydon’s work occasionally required performing death-defying feats, like getting shot out of a cannon in Octopussy’s circus, sliding down a chain to an aerial tram dangling over an abyss in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, and fighting Jaws atop an aerial tram hundreds of feet above Rio de Janeiro for Moonraker, according to The Telegraph.
Over the course of his career, Graydon performed or coordinated stunts in dozens of films, including Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Batman, Willow, Pathfinder, Pirates, Ladyhawke, A Passage to India, Ordeal by Innocence, Champions, Raiders of the Lost Ark, International Velvet, Star Wars: Episode IV, The Man Who fell to Earth, Royal Flash, Don’t Look Now, Where Eagles Dare and The Charge of the Light Brigade.
Graydon is survived by his wife, Hermione Bedford, the U.K. newspaper stated. The couple did not have children.