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In Memoriam of Stuntwoman Dorothy Ford (1943-2003)

By: Anders Frejdh
Dorothy Ford James Bond stuntwoman
On 15th July 2003, legendary stuntwoman sadly Dorothy Ford passed away after a battle with cancer. She was 60. Dorothy doubled all of the leading ladies in six James Bond films between 1977 and 1987.

About stunt woman Dorothy Ford:
Dorothy Ford was born in 1943, it was her skills for horses that led her to becoming a stuntwoman. Her first job was at the age of 14.

In 1977, she entered the world of 007 with 16 years experience of stunts. "I like the Bond movies because the stunts are done so professionally", Dorothy said in an interview with New Straits Times.

In the same interview she said, "There is so much more time to work on the stunts because they have to be good. In For Your Eyes Only with Roger Moore, we spent two days getting one stunt right. I was tied to Roger, dragged off a ship and pulled underneath the water for an underwater scene. It meant falling nine metres into the water and then carrying on the action in the water."

"Another water stunt I did was in Moonraker, where I doubled for Lois Chiles. It was me in the Venetian gondola that was sheed in two by the speedboat."

Dorothy Ford, Richard Graydon & Martin Grace on Moonraker
Richard Graydon (Bond) , Dorothy Ford (Goodhead) and Martin Grace (Jaws) on location in Brazil during the filming of Moonraker. Copyright © 1969 Danjaq S.A. & United Artists Corporation. All rights reserved.

Her favourite stunts were with horses having grown up with them.

Her last movie was Ali G In Da House in 2002.

The highly brave Dorothy Ford was survived by husband Brian and daughter Kim.

Dorothy Ford's James Bond films:
1977: The Spy Who Loved Me (stunt double for Barbara Bach)
1979: Moonraker (1979) (stunt double for Lois Chiles)
1981: For Your Eyes Only (stunt double for Carole Bouquet)
1983: Octopussy (1983) (stunt double for Maud Adams)
1985: A View To A Kill (stunt double for Tanya Roberts)
1987: The Living Daylights (stunt double for Maryam d'Abo)

Photo above:
Dorothy Ford with Roger Moore on the set of Octopussy. Photo by George Whitear. © 1983 Danjaq S.A. & MGM/United Artists Pictures. All rights reserved.

For more information about Dorothy Ford's career, check out her her IMDB profile.



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