My Nominations: From Russia With Love. The Great Escape. It’s A Mad Mad Mad Mad World. Jason And The Argonauts. How The West Was Won.
Some great stunt performances this year, with How The West Was Won and It’s A Mad Mad Mad Mad World providing plenty of thrills. However, my other three nominations contain a number of iconic moments in movie stunt history- Russia has the flying man intro, Jason has the skeleton fight and more, while Escape has the motorcycle jump. It’s a tough call. My winner though is:
My Winner: Jason And The Argonauts.
More than just a sword fight, we have a series of action scenes on a large-scale with performers high diving off ships, avoiding giants, chasing harpies, and taking part in assorted Olympian games. It’s a classic action adventure film with tonnes of memorable stunts. Ralph Faulkner, one of the greatest swordsmen of Western movies (The Three Musketeers, The Thief Of Bagdad) and Eddie Powell (Batman, Aliens, multiple Bond movies) earn the plaudits.
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