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7 JANUARY 2015
BIRTHDAY OF STUNT MAESTRO PAUL WESTON

By: Anders Frejdh
Published:
2015-01-07
Stuntman and Stunt coordinator Paul Weston is a long-time member of the 'James Bond family'. Paul's first official Bond was Live and Let Die (1973) and with Skyfall (2012) (2012) completed, Paul has worked with five of the six James Bond actors (everyone apart from George Lazenby).

With this page, From Sweden with Love would like to celebrate Paul Weston on his birthday and thank him again for accepting our invitation to come to our James Bond festival in Stockholm on 19-21 September 2014.

"Dear Paul, happy birthday and keep up the great work. We love you!"

About Paul Weston: (official biography)
Paul Weston started his ‘Show Business’ career in the 1960s as photographic model, He was asked to understudy Roger Moore on the “Saint” TV series, where he also played an acting part, performing his own stunt. He was booked as a stuntman on the next episode. And so started his Stunt career.

His TV work included classics:

“Doctor Who”, “Blake 7”, “The Prisoner”, “Space 1999”, “The Baron”, “Jason King”, Steed’s’ stunt double on “The Avengers”, “Minder”, “Bergerac”, “The Professionals”, “Remington Steele”.

He worked on the original Casino Royale (1967) film. Sang with the Beatles on “Help”. Was directed by Charlie Chaplin on “The Countess from Hong Kong”.

Paul thought he should acquire acting skill, so joined a Drama School for three years and in 1970 toured the USA Universities with 7 plays. (Doging the Vietnam War riots). With two seasons performing in a live stunt show all over Norway, Sweden, Finland and Denmark. He learnt how to be ‘knock down’ by a car, four times a night, jump a motorbike over cars, perform high falls, and most of all, how to be a ‘Showman’.“The Dirty Dozen” was his first major feature film, followed by “A Bridge Too Far”. Then he was Flying Double for Christopher Reeves on “Superman” and was Stunt Coordinated on “Superman 11 and 111”.

“The Lady Vanishes”, “Raiders Of The Lost Ark”, ”American Warewolf in London”, “The Three Musketeers”, “Smilla’s Sense of Snow”, “Daylight”, “Dragonheart”, “The Count of Monte Cristo”, “Star Wars, Return of the Jedi”- are among some of the iconic movies Paul has been involve with. He has worked on James Bond films as both stuntman and stunt actor. On Moonraker (1979) (1979) he doubled for “Jaws” jumping from one cable car to another. As stunt team Supervisor on Octopussy (1983) (1983) he doubled for Roger Moore, running over the train roof, ducking under bridges and diving over pipes.

His talents were being recognized, as an all round Stunt Performer, skilful Stunt Coordinator and 2nd unit Director, being able to draw his own action storyboards. He alway enjoys working with ’friend of thirty years’ Piecre Brosnan, who he doubled for on “Death Train” and directed 2nd unit. Also “Remington Steele” and a Coca Cola commercial.

He was once again, delighted to become part of the James Bond team and Stunt Coordinated The Living Daylights (1987) and Licence to Kill (1989). Working with such talented Director as John Landis on “Spies like us” Kevin Reynolds, on “Robin Hood Princes of Thieves” James Cameron on “Aliens” gave Paul an insight in how get a ‘Performance’ from actors as well as ‘Action’. Which he put to good use when directing actors on many movies including two ‘Bollywood‘ movies in Mumbai. Paul has had an exciting and varied career even becoming a song and musical writer in L.A. with Lyricist and Composer, Caroll Conners, made friends with Sammy Davis Jr, Jack Jones and Hugh Hefner.

Paul says: "I've enjoyed the ride of my life and hope some of you have been with me, at least part of the way!"

Editor's note:
For more about the amazing stuntmen in the James Bond films, check out the following articles:

>The 50 greatest stunts in James Bond films
>James Bond stunt doubles
>The top 10 stunts in the James Bond film series

Other talented James Bond stunt people featured on From Sweden With Love:
>Belle Williams (stuntwoman)
>Bill Weston (stuntman/stunt coordinator)
>Bob Anderson (stuntman/sword master)
>Doug Robinson (stuntman/stunt coordinator)
>Eunice Huthart (stuntwoman)
>Gary Powell (stuntman/stunt coordinator)
>George Leech (stuntman/stunt coordinator)
>Greg Powell (stuntman/stunt coordinator)
>Jim Dowdall (stuntman/stunt coordinator)
>Lars Lundgren (stuntman/stunt coordinator)
>Malcolm Weaver (stuntman)
>Martin Grace (stuntman/stunt coordinator)
>Mickey Baker (stuntman)
>Nick Gillard (stuntman/stunt coordinator)
>Nick Wilkinson (stuntman/stunt coordinator)
>Nosher Powell (stuntman/stunt coordinator)
>Remy Julienne (stuntman/stunt coordinator)
>Richard Graydon (stuntman/stunt coordinator)
>Rocky Taylor (stuntman/stunt coordinator)
>Roy Alon (stuntman/stunt coordinator)
>Sarah Donohue (stuntwoman)
>Terry Cade (stuntman/stunt coordinator)
>Terry Richards (stuntman)
>Trevor Steedman (stuntman/stunt coordinator)
>Vic Armstrong (stuntman/stunt coordinator)
>Wendy Leech (stuntwoman)

Photo above:
Paul Weston with Kristina Wayborn and John Glen at the From Sweden with Love gala in Stockholm on 20th September 2014. Photo by Peter Johansson/Cawa Media. © From Sweden with Love.

For more information about Paul Weston, check out his official website:
www.paulwestonstunts.com

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