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Rick Sylvester (Stuntman)

By: Anders Frejdh
Rick Sylvester stuntman
Rick Sylvester stuntman
Ski/parachute base jump in THE SPY WHO LOVED ME (1977) and climber in FOR YOUR EYES ONLY (1981)

I was very happy to finally meet the incredibly brave and equally fantastic Rick Sylvester after a few years of correspondence over email and phone.

Rick is a great guy and wonderful storyteller. His scene in The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) speaks for itself and still ranks as one of the best and most unforgettable stunts of all time. Equally impressive is the climbing sequence (again doubling for Roger Moore as James Bond) he did in Greece for For Your Eyes Only (1981) .

Rick's canary yellow ski suit from TSWLM is currently displayed on the touring Designing 007 exhibit which is bound for Moscow in June.

(An exclusive interview with Rick about his work on the Bond films will be published on FSWL in due time.)

For more, check out the Facebook page dedicated to Rick.

About Rick Sylvester:
After his graduation from University of California in 1965, Rick Sylvester lived in Sweden for one academic year (he wrestled for Spårvägens GoIF where he was coached by Malte Möller and won the Swedish championship in freestyle 1966) and speaks a bit of Swedish. In 1986, he completed the famed Vasaloppet, a 90 kilometer ski race from Sälen to Mora in the middle of Sweden.

Other people we have met who worked on TSWLM & FYEO):
>Alan Hume (Director of Photography FYEO)
>Albert Moses
>Alison Papworth
>Alkis Kritikos
>Anthony Waye (assistant director FYEO)
>Arthur Wooster (Second unit director FYEO)
>Bill Weston (stuntman)
>Carole Bouquet
>Caroline Munro
>Chris Corbould (special effects technician FYEO)
>Christopher Muncke
>Christopher Wood (screenwriter The Spy Who Loved Me)
>Colin Miller (dubbing editor)
>Desmond Llewelyn
>Doug Robinson (stuntman)
>Edward de Souza
>Eva Rueber Staier
>Garrick Hagon
>George Leech (stunt driver for Roger Moore in TSWLM and stunt on FYEO)
>Jeremy Bulloch
>Jim Dowdall (stuntman)
>John Glen (2nd unit director TSWLM/director of FYEO)
>John Grover (Film editor FYEO)
>John Moreno
>John Wyman
>Julian Glover
>Keith Hamshere (Stills photographer FYEO)
>Ken Adam (production designer TSWLM)
>Kim Mills
>Lewis Gilbert (director of The Spy Who Loved Me)
>Lizzie Warville
>Lynn-Holly Johnson
>Malcolm Weaver (stuntman)
>Marilyn Galsworthy
>Martin Grace (stunt double for Richard Kiel & Roger Moore)
>Marvin Hamlish (music to The Spy Who Loved Me)
>Michael Billington
>Michael G. Wilson (executive producer on FYEO)
>Monty Norman (composer of the James Bond theme)
>Nick Gillard (stuntman)
>Paul Weston (stuntman)
>Peter Lamont (Production designer FYEO)
>Remy Julienne (stunt driving arranger FYEO)
>Richard Kiel
>Roger Moore
>Valerie Leon
>Vernon Dobtcheff

Photo above:
(top) FSWL founder Anders Frejdh and Rick Sylvester (with his wrestling trophy for the 1966 Swedish championship in freestyle wrestling) in February 2014. Photo by Uwe Brosamle. © 2014 From Sweden with Love.

(bottom) Uwe Brosamle, Rick Sylvester and yours truly in Squaw Valley. © 2014 From Sweden with Love.

This article written and published by Anders Frejdh in March 2014.



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