Entertainment Weekly

Subscribe

Stay Connected

Subscribe

Advertise With Us

Learn More

Skip to content

Article

Richard Graydon, James Bond and 'Star Wars' stuntman, is dead at 92

Posted on

RICHARD GRAYDON

Richard Graydon, a stuntman who appeared in ten James Bond films and doubled for 007s George Lazenby and Roger Moore, has died. The Telegraph reports that Graydon passed on last Monday, at the age of 92. Graydon’s career in film stretched back to 1952’s The Story of Robin Hood and His Merrie Men. (He was a Merrie Man.)

From there, the former jockey had a longtime professional relationship with the Bond franchise—most famously in the cable car scene from Moonraker, when Graydon doubled for Moore during a fight with the villainous Jaws. Graydon later claimed that, during the fight, he slipped and hung hundreds of feet in the air, without a safety harness. Graydon played a few small roles in the Bond franchise—a Russian astronaut here, a driver there—and continued working as a stuntman in storied projects like Star WarsRaiders of the Lost Ark, and Batman, retiring only in his late seventies after Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels.