13/11-2005, updated 15/8-2019 by MS
Hornet hatchback appeared in 1973 as next child in the AMC Hornet family. Approx. 134.250 cars were produced until 1977 (incl. the 95.268 in the most succesfull years 1973-1974)
Basically it will be deeply remembered for one of the best stunt performances in the Bond serie - jump and 360 deg twist over the river, but the stunt is scarred with an annoying sound effect.
This scene for movie was prepared with with almost Swiss precision:
a) The jump was calculated virtually using specialised computer equipment at Cornell University.
b) Car rebuilt - centrally-mounted steering to maintain the car's centre of gravity in the middle, some equipment dismounted to lighten the car.
c) Experienced stunt driver "Bumps" Willard ("Helldrivers" group member - already worked for Broccoli) was hired by the producer.
d) 8 cameras prepared to shoot the scene.
e) Divers in the water if anything went terribly wrong.
The scene went perfectly - it was a success in the first attempt. The result was so satisfactory that the producer rewarded the full team with champagne (it wasn't rather Don Perignan :) )
Hornet used in the film still exist - it is part of a collection of Bond items owned by the Ian Flemming Foundation, exposed in the museum in Southampton, UK
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