James Bond stuntman Rémy Julienne died of Covid-19
French stuntman Rémy Julienne at the Cannes Film Festival on May 24, 2017. AFP - LOIC VENANCE
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His name appears in the credits of some 1,400 films, feature films, music videos and commercials.
From Sean Connery to Alain Delon, he has doubled huge stars.
In intensive care at Montargis hospital since the beginning of the month, Rémy Julienne died at the age of 90 as a result of Covid-19.
He was the most famous of the French stuntmen.
His filmography includes six James Bonds, (from
Nothing For Your Eyes
in 1981 to
in 1995), but also classics of French cinema such as
The Atlantic Wall by
by Gérard. Oury or
L'Aventure is the adventure
of Claude Lelouch.
He is also in the credits of
La Grande Vadrouille,
by the same Gérard Oury, with
Louis de Funès
: the German biker "
who takes a pumpkin in the face
", it is him.
Born in 1930 in Loiret, Rémy Julienne began his career in 1964, when another stuntman, Gil Delamare, asked him to participate in the filming of
I was the French motorcycle champion and you needed someone very precise
" to drive a motorcycle and overtake Jean Marais.
It fell on me,
" he said willingly.
It's the start of a great adventure,
" said the man who has worked with the greatest directors - François Truffaut, Terence Young or Sydney Pollack in particular - and the greatest actors.
He dubbed Yves Montand, Alain Delon, Roger Moore or Sean Connery among others.
But his fondest memory remains the meeting with the Belmondo-Lautner tandem.
For these two, Julienne will develop one of the most spectacular stunts, in
the actor will fly over Venice suspended from a trapeze hanging from a helicopter.
it is he who gave me the most of his confidence,
" he told AFP at 87, his eternal cap screwed to his head.
With this other crazy stuntman, whom he will find on the sets 14 times, “
we had to improve
To the second
Among its feats, a tanker truck balancing on its left wheels in
License to Kill,
a James Bond with Timothy Dalton, or a sedan which, from a springboard, soars in the air before falling back on the roof of a bus, in
another James Bond.
Credibility, precision, rigor: these words kept coming back to Julienne, whose life in front of the camera, or that of her teammates, was regulated to the millimeter, to the nearest second.
it's up there in a tree crate
Sometimes, it would have taken little for that to happen,
" said this man marked by the death of a cameraman during a stunt on the set of the movie
in 1999, which he supervised.
Was he afraid?
Fear is necessary before and after, but never during
we cannot make the right gesture at the right moment
", answered this "reasonable madman", to use the words of Claude Lelouch.
Tireless, despite several infarcts and cancers, he passed the torch to his sons and grandsons, but continued, at over 80, to work for theme parks.
In 2017, he entrusted his personal archives to the Toulouse film library.
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