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The Dark Knight Rises

Words like epic fall short in describing my experience as part of Chris Nolan’s stunt crew for the final installment of his Batman trilogy. No two days are the same because he rarely, if ever, needs to shoot something twice. His exacting preparation and pace dictates ours, and stunt coordinator Tom Struthers makes sure we are all ready to drive, fight and jump on cue.

Being The Stig and precision driving coordinator at Top Gear for nearly a decade meant acclimatising to a vast range of machinery while juggling a group of feisty TV presenters and young pressurized producers. It was a great insight before I joined the James Bond franchise in 2008 to film the ballistic car chase around Lake Garda for Quantum of Solace.

Even now when I watch the scenes of the Aston Martin DBS drifting through the tunnels and past on-coming traffic it makes my heart pick up a beat.

I met Struthers when I worked on John Carter and getting the call from him to film a Batman movie pretty much sealed every boyhood dream for me.

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