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.

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