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The 360-degree Cork-Screw Jump

British actor Christopher Lee, left, who plays villain Francisco Scaramanga, and British actor Roger Moore, as James Bond, film a scene of Ian Flemming's "The Man with the Golden Gun," on location at Phang Nga, Thailand, Aug. 15, 1974.

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Not all of the scariest stunt car feats come from the movies, but this one definitely does. Famous for its degree of difficulty, a 360-degree cork-screw jump was performed by British stunt driver "Bumps" Willard in the 1974 James Bond film, "The Man with the Golden Gun," in just one take. This barrel roll stunt successfully launched a red 1974 AMC Hornet X Hatchback Special Coupe off of a slanted ramp, causing it to cork-screw mid-air over a narrow river and then successfully land on the other side. The car was moving so fast that the film had to be slowed down in order for moviegoers to catch what had actually happened.

The jump was thought up years before the movie was ever made and producers Harry Saltzman and Albert R. Broccoli took out patents on the jump to keep people from using it before it made its way into a film. The stunt was the first of its kind to use a computer to calculate the jump, borrowing the use of some of the most sophisticated computers at the time from Cornell University.

In 2008, the British automotive show, Top Gear, tried to recreate the cork-screw jump but failed to pull it off. Top Gear claims the stunt has never been successfully recreated.

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