Remy Julian, one of the most prominent businessmen in the world, who worked on six James Bond films as well as the classic The Italian Job in 1969, died of Covid-19 at the age of 90.
A veteran of more than 1,400 films and TV commercials as an actress or stunt coordinator, Julian has been in intensive care at a hospital in his hometown of Montargis, central France since early January.
What was bound to happen has happened. We left early in the evening (Thursday). It was expected, he was on a respirator, ‘one of his relatives told AFP.
Veteran stunt driver Remy Julian, pictured, has died of Covid-19 at the age of 90. The legend has acted in six James Bond films and has participated in more than 1,400 films and TV advertisements since the 1960s
One of the most memorable stunts – and which made his name in the industry – was this jump through and alley between two buildings in The Italian Job.
He also arranged this amazing trick in the James Bond movie Just for Your Eyes, 1981
Julian was born in Sibuy near Montargis in 1930.
He started his film career in 1964, a French motocross hero, when he co-starred with French actor Jean Marais in the movie Fantomas, where he was asked to ride a motorbike.
“They needed a very controlling person,” he said of this experience. It ended up being me. It was the beginning of a huge adventure.
His march saw him fly over the rifle hanging from a rope ladder suspended from a helicopter, knocked in the face while riding a motorcycle and countless car accidents.
He doubled down with some of the most famous actors in the world, including Sean Connery and Roger Moore, as well as notable French names including Yves Montand, Alain Delon and Jean-Paul Belmondo.
He has worked in six James Bond films in all, including GoldenEye and For Your Eyes Only, where he drove a heavily modified yellow Citroen 2CV during an unforgettable car chase.
As an actor and director of stunt series, which became the focus of his later career, Julian won praise from some of the biggest names in cinema for her accuracy and creativity.
Remy Julian, pictured here with Roger Moore at Walt Disney Studios in Paris in March 2002
In 1989 License to Kill, he arranged this ruse involving the destruction of a petrol tanker. Julian was famous for his belief that stunts should be real and not controlled by CGI
He has a very amazing scientific understanding. French director Claude Lelouch said in a documentary for France TV to mark the 50th anniversary of Julian in this field that he is a real world, Einstein of businessmen.
Believing in real action rather than special effects, Julian worked consistently to reduce his stakes while filming, but he hit himself badly early in his career while filming a Colombian movie in Germany.
He lost his time to get out of the car before hitting a valley, and ended up with a broken ankle that was left in bed for six weeks.
Once recovered, he would gain fame from his work in the car chase scenes in The Italian Job with Michael Caine.
He once said of his time on film sets: “Fear is necessary before and after, but not during.”
The lowest point of his career came during the filming of the 1999 French film “Taxi 2” that he was supervising, when a photographer was killed by a car that missed its landing point after a jump.
While discussing his dangerous job, Julian once admitted that fear is okay before and after a stunt but not during it
He was convicted of manslaughter in 2007 and sentenced to an 18-month suspended prison sentence, which was later reduced on appeal to six months and an order to pay compensation of 60,000 euros to the victim’s family.
Julian also helped the police rebuild the crime.
In 2000, he reconstructed the story of the death of British student, Isabel Beck, in an attempt to illustrate how the young woman was pushed off a train bound for Paris.
Julian said the work “is a lot like cinematic work, only here we are fortunate enough to use dolls, which takes a certain amount of stress on us.”