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Stunt Engineer Dave Bickers (1938-2014)

By: Anders Frejdh
Dave Bickers James Bond obituary
FSWL are saddened to report the passing of Dave Bickers, aged 76. Dave is considered to be one of the very best stunt engineers the world has ever seen. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.

"The boat roll-over jump in TWINE was one of the trickiest and most dangerous stunts that I did. The jump was made possible because of the knowledge and know how of Dave Bickers, he was a great man and will be deeply missed." - Gary Powell

"Dave was a legend in the Motor Bike Scrambling World and went on to make the Stunt World a far safer place." - Vic Armstrong

About Dave Bickers:
Born in Coddenham, Suffolk, England on 17 January 1938. He won two consecutive European motocross championships, and was a member of British motocross teams that won two Motocross des Nations events as well as two Trophée des Nations titles. Bickers was awarded the Motorcycle News 'Man of the Year' award in 1960.

After retiring from competition, Dave Bickers founded Bickers Action, a company manufacturing stunt equipment to be used in the film industry, in 1976. The company has experienced steady growth over the last 35 years and this development has been built on the foundation of the company philosophy to provide inventive solutions, always utilising strong mechanical understanding and resourcefulness. With this basic principle, Bickers Action can meet the industries ever increasing demands and help produce ‘the best’ film and TV stunt action.

Dave's involvement in his early Bond films was mainly as an engineer. Prepping vehicles and making ramps etc. In the later pictures Bickers also took on camera cars.

Bickers Action remains a family business with Dave’s son Paul as Managing Director. The company has been involved on no less than 10 James Bond films to date:

For Your Eyes Only (1981, Stunt Engineering)
Octopussy (1983) (1983, Stunt Engineering)
Never Say Never Again (1983, Stunt Engineering)
GoldenEye (1995) (1995, Additional Stunt Driving, Vehicle Back-up)
Tomorrow Never Dies (1997, Vehicle Back-up)
The World Is Not Enough (1999, Stunt Mechanic)
Die Another Day (2002, Crane And Camera Mount Systems)
Casino Royale (2006, , Vehicles Preparation and Camera Cars)
Quantum of Solace (2008, Vehicles Preparation and Camera Cars)
Skyfall (2012) (2012, Facility)

Official Russian Arm video from Bickers Action:

Photo above:
Dave Bickers pictured with his son Paul. © 2014 Bickers Action. All rights reserved.

For more information about Dave Bickers career, check out the official website of Bickers Action:



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