Julienne died on Thursday (Picture: LOIC VENANCE/AFP via Getty Images)
James Bond stuntman Rémy Julienne has died aged 90 from complications from Covid-19.
The stunt performer was hospitalised two weeks ago in the French town of Montargis after testing positive for coronavirus, and was taken into intensive care.
A relative of the star confirmed that Julienne died on Thursday evening, telling AFP: ‘What was bound to happen has happened. He left us early in the evening (Thursday). It was predictable, he was on an artificial respirator.’
An MP from the Loiret region and friend of Julienne’s Jean-Pierre Door, also confirmed his death to the agency.
A rep later announced the news on Julienne’s social media pages.
A statement read: ‘It is with a heavy heart, with infinite sadness, that we announce that Rémy left us on the night of January 21, 2021.
‘Rémy was passionate and he lived passionately. Competitions on film sets, thrills in hellish pace at a frantic pace.
He worked on over 1,400 films, ads and shows (Picture: Eric Fougere/Corbis via Getty Images)
‘Yesterday, he still had plans in his head. The ambition to raise the waterfall to the rank of Art, to highlight men in the shadows. The desire to be useful and to pass on his experience.
‘Rémy loved life. He wanted to live. He fought to the end. His body has left us but it will remain in our hearts forever.’
Julienne was a French motocross champion who began his film career in 1964 when he doubled for French actor Jean Marais in a film called Fantomas, in which he was required to ride a motorbike.
He said of his time on the film: ‘They needed someone who was very controlled. It ended up being me. It was the start of a huge adventure.’
This sparked roles in thousands of films, commercials and TV shows as a stunt driver and stunt coordinator, including 1969’s The Italian Job, in which he was Michael Caine’s stunt double as well as a stunt driver – designing those infamous Mini scenes.
His most famous work came in the James Bond franchise, with Julienne working on six films – Fir Your Eyes Only, Octopussy, The Living Daylights, A View To Kill, Licence To Kill and GoldenEye.
In 1985’s A View To Kill, as went as being a stunt coordinator, Julienne was uncredited as Roger Moore’s stunt driver, and was the man behind the infamous stunt in License To Kill where a truck was driven on two wheels to dodge a missile.
Fans paid tribute to Julienne on social media, with director James Moran tweeting: ‘An absolute legend, changed the face of stunt driving forever. I once guessed he was doing a movie by recognising the driving style, his work was so amazing. The best.’
Another fan tweeted: ‘When you saw the credit ‘Driving Stunts Arranged by Remy Julienne’ you knew you were in for one hell of a ride.’
As well as his movie work, Julienne coordinated the Moteurs… Action! Stunt Show Spectacular attraction at Walt Disney Studios Park in Paris.
Julienne’s sons Michel and Dominique followed their father into the family business, and are both highly skilled stunt drivers and coordinators.