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Watch: ‘Skyfall’ stuntman backflips over a race car as it speeds down the track

Skyfall Stuntman Backflip Formula E

The name Damien Walters may not sound familiar to most people, but some James Bond fans will know he happens to be Daniel Craig’s stunt double in Skyfall, one of the latest 007 movies. How good of a stunt person is Walters, you may ask? Just watch the following video, in which he does a standing backflipp over a Formula E race car that’s barreling towards him at 60 miles per hour.

Oh, and Walters doesn’t even look to see it approaching.

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The stunt looks pretty dangerous, and it is, but Walters prepared for the daring jump for a couple of days before actually attempting it. The “Leap of Faith” jump took place in Mexico City and was filmed to promote the FIA Formula E Championship.

“I have done some other crazy things, but this was definitely one of the worst for sure,” Walters told The Huffington Post. “Had I jumped too early, I would have hit the back of the car with my head, and if I jumped too late, the car would have hit my legs.”

He continued, “It took two days of practicing and timing the jump perfectly to make sure that I was able to clear the car safely. As the dangers were obvious, it was very important that we worked with trained professionals and why it should never be attempted by anyone else.”

Alistair Whitton, a stunt driver who also worked on Skyfall and Kingsman: The Secret Service, drove the Formula E car that was racing towards Walters in the stunt.

The following videos show Walters’ impressive backflip over the speeding Formula E, and one of them offers an amazing 360-degree look at the entire thing.

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he closely follows the events in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises. Outside of work, you’ll catch him streaming almost every new movie and TV show release as soon as it's available.