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James Bond stuntman Frank Henson publishes autobiography

By: FSWL team
James Bond stuntman Frank Henson autobiography
The Luck Of Losing The Toss - My Stunt Career in the Movies and TV: Including Star Wars, Indiana Jones, James Bond and The Sweeney is a new biography written by English stuntman and stunt coordinator Frank Henson. The book provides a unique insight behind the scenes of film making.

Frank Henson grew up in poverty on the Whitehawk estate in Brighton. He didn't know his father and got into trouble at an early age. In the swinging sixties he became a paratrooper, then a hairdresser and a racing driver. Chance encounters led to work as a film extra, then as a stunt performer on some of the major films of the day. He had found his calling.

Fifty years later he reflects on a life in the movies and on TV, as one of Britain's best-loved stunt performers. Here he describes his early life and his route into working on some of the most successful films of all time, including Return fo the Jedi and Indiana Jones and The Temple of Doom. He's also worked with some of cinema's biggest stars including John Wayne, Robert Mitchum and Pierce Brosnan.

Frank's James Bond movie resume include both of the 1967 films - Casino Royale and You Only Live Twice, both of the 1983 films - Octopussy and Never Say Never Again, the 1985 film A View to a Kill, the 1987 film The Living Daylights and the 1999 film The World Is Not Enough.

The Luck of Losing the Toss contains photos from Frank's private collection, published here for the first time.

Frank Henson as Fatima Blush in Never Say Never Again
Frank Henson doubling for Barbara Carrera as Fatima Blush in the 1983 film Never Say Never Again.

Today Frank lives on his farm in Sussex and still makes the odd cameo appearance as a stunt performer in films.

Co-author, stunt expert and FSWL contributor Jon Auty comments

“I was lucky enough to work with Frank in the development stages of this book and we spent long hours together as he told me some wonderful stories from his days growing up in Brighton, to his days in the army and onward into the film industry.
Frank Henson is one of those individuals who looks every inch the country gentlemen. You then realise that he has seen all sides of life and has absorbed these stories deciding that a book documenting his incredible life would be the best course of action. And he was dead right.
I'm not just saying that it's a wonderful read and I thoroughly recommend it because I was involved in the writing of it, but these stories are told with heart and passion for life.

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The Luck Of Losing The Toss
The cover for Frank Henson's biography The Luck Of Losing The Toss - My Stunt Career in the Movies and TV: Including Star Wars, Indiana Jones, James Bond and The Sweeney.

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