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Bomber pilot and Bond stunt double dies aged 97

Bomber pilot and James Bond stunt double Ken Wallis, 97, has died after a "great life," his daughter said.

Retired wing commander Ken Wallis, 97, who lived near Dereham, Norfolk, was a former Wellington bomber pilot. Credit: PA

He was awarded a medal in July for his role in 103 Squadron's missions in the Second World War after years of campaigning.

In later life the great-grandfather spent 20 years working in armament and weapon research, flew nuclear-armed B36s for the US and was credited with a key discovery which made autogyro aircraft more reliable.

Between 1968 and 2002, Wing Cdr Wallis set 34 world records, many of which still stand, including the 3km speed record for autogyros, set at 207.7kph.

It was this passion which led to him featuring in the 1967 Bond film You Only Live Twice when he was asked to pilot an autogyro and double for Sean Connery in scenes shot in Japan.


Director Sam Mendes 'in discussions' over new 007 film

Filmmaker Sam Mendes is rumoured to be in discussions over directing another James Bond film despite saying he would not return to the franchise after his success with Skyfall.

Director Sam Mendes (R) with Daniel Craig at a photocall for Skyfall, in London Credit: Doug Peters/Doug Peters/EMPICS Entertainment

The Oscar-winner originally turned down the chance to make the next instalment saying he wanted his "complete focus" to be on his theatre work, including productions of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and King Lear in London.

But a plan that would see work on the next Bond film delayed, to allow Mendes to see the theatre productions through, is now being discussed according to sources close to the star.

LEGO enthusiasts recreate Casino Royale opening scene

The opening scene to the James Bond film Casino Royale has been meticulously recreated using LEGO characters.

The three-minute clip was produced by Bricktease, a group of LEGO enthusiasts, and posted online.

A member of the team revealed that the production took around two weekends, most of which was spent reproducing the bathroom fight scene.

The video has generated a hugely positive reaction and received over 13,000 views on YouTube.


Danny Boyle rules out directing James Bond film

Danny Boyle has ruled himself out of directing the next 007 film stating that he has already made a “mini Bond film already”.

The 55-year-old was the creative director of the Olympic Opening ceremony, which featured James Bond star Daniel Craig jumping out of a helicopter with the Queen.

Danny Boyle has ruled out directing a James Bond film. Credit: PA

Speaking at the premiere of his new film Trance, Boyle revealed that he loves the “freedom” of working without the constraints that accompanies a big franchise like the Bond films.

The director said: "It's not for me. I like working under the radar a bit more, so you can take risks”

Film company MGM announced yesterday that it expects to release the new James Bond movie within three years, and will announce a new director "soon" after Skyfall film-maker Sam Mendes declined the chance to return.

No more Bond for Mendes: Director says Skyfall to be only Bond film

James Bond will return but it will be without director Sam Mendes according to Empire magazine reports.

The American Beauty director had already said that he would only do a single Bond movie and despite Skyfall's massive success it seems he will not be returning to the franchise.

Sam Mendes at the Baftas earlier this year Credit: Hubert Boesl/DPA/Press Association Images

Empire quotes Mendes as saying; “It has been a very difficult decision not to accept Michael and Barbara’s very generous offer to direct the next Bond movie.

"Directing Skyfall was one of the best experiences of my professional life, but I have theatre and other commitments, including productions of Charlie And The Chocolate Factory and King Lear, that need my complete focus over the next year and beyond."

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