James Bond stuntman Rémy Julienne died of complications from Covid-19 at the age of 90.
Since testing positive for coronavirus, the stunt actor was admitted two weeks ago in the French town of Montargis and was taken into intensive care.
A relative of the star confirmed that Rémy Julienne died on Thursday evening following COVID-19 complications. Speaking to AFP, the relative said “What was bound to happen has happened. He left us early in the evening (Thursday). It was predictable, he was on an artificial respirator.”
The Loiret region’s MP and Julienne’s friend, Jean-Pierre Door, also announced his death to the department. He said, “Yesterday, he still had plans in his head. The ambition to raise the waterfall to the rank of Art, to highlight men in the shadows. The desire to be useful and to pass on his experience. Rémy loved life. He wanted to live. He fought to the end. His body has left us but it will remain in our hearts forever.”
Julienne was a French motocross champion who launched his film career in 1964 when, in a film called Fantomas, he doubled for French actor Jean Marais in which he was expected to ride a motorbike.
He said of his time on the film, “They needed someone who was very controlled. It ended up being me. It was the start of a huge adventure.”
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This sparked jobs as a stunt driver and stunt coordinator in thousands of films, advertisements and TV shows, including The Italian Job in 1969, in which he was the stunt double of Michael Caine as well as a stunt driver, designing those infamous Mini scenes.
With Julienne working on six films- For Your Eyes Only, Octopussy, The Living Daylights, A View To Kill, License To Kill and GoldenEye, his most famous work came in the James Bond franchise.