James Bond stuntman and SAS hero Steve Truglia, 54, killed in abseil race after plunging from a helicopter in China. He fell 300ft in China during a helicopter stunt, but authorities there are refusing to release further details.
According to the source:
“Pals said Steve, who has been in a string of blockbusters including “Tomorrow Never Dies” (1997), and another daredevil were meant to be abseiling from the chopper at the same time. But he had expressed fears it would be too small to take their weight hours before he died. Ropes were also left out overnight in heavy rain making them potentially unsafe for the event, held up by bad weather in Chongqing, south west China. Steve, who served in the SAS and SBS for 20 years, posted “Let’s do this” on his Facebook page as he boarded the chopper for the fateful stunt on Thursday.”
“Ex-military colleague and friend Phil Tunnicliffe said: “We have not been able to find out much about what happened. The Chinese company he was working for are trying to keep things under wraps.
“He had meant to be attempting the stunt on Tuesday above the Wulong National park but it had been put off until Thursday because of heavy mist and fog.
“All we have been told is that there was a fall, but that does not make sense to us. Steve was a professional stunt man and had done these types of abseils many times.’’
His girlfriend was informed of his death in a garbled text from a Chinese woman.”
Steve Truglia’s Bond credits:
Stunts (uncredited) in “Tomorrow Never Dies” (1997) and “The World Is Not Enough” (1999)