The Oxford Stunt Factory designed and co-ordinated the breathtaking
bungee jump seen by millions in the James Bond Film, "GoldenEye".
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The jump was performed by stuntman Wayne Michaels. Wayne had worked
with members of the Stunt Factory before, when they created the
memorable touchdown and pickup of a packet of peanuts performed
for a K.P. Nuts advertisement. The sequence took place at the Verzasca
hydro-electric dam in Switzerland. This extreme jumps was over 750ft
high and was accomplished in the first take.
Drop-weight tests were undertaken beforehand, to allow the six camera
positions to plan their shots.
The main problem which presented itself was preventing Wayne from
brushing against the dam wall during the jump. Any contact with
the wall, studded with steel pegs, combined with the very high speeds
achieved during the jump would have surely proved fatal. To prevent
this from occurring, Wayne jumped from a specially constructed platform
suspended above and in front of the dam.