The iconic James Bond stuntman, recently living in Woburn, who has rubbed shoulders with John Wayne, Peter Sellers, Frank Sinatra and Marilyn Monroe, has died
The daughter of renowned actor and stuntman, Roy Scammell, paid tribute to her father after his death, saying he “enjoyed the hum of fear”.
The real-life man of action, Roy, 88, died this weekend at Luton & Dunstable Hospital from a short illness. He has appeared in more Bond films than he could count and worked with the biggest stars of the 20th century.
Roy spent a long time recovering in Woburn with his daughter Karen Best, The Woburn Coffee House, in 2018-2020 and will be sadly missed by the entire Coffee House team who loved hearing the incredible stories about their television, stage and film career. . .
Karen said: “I am deeply saddened to announce the passing of my remarkable father. He’s always been such a role model – and taught me that fear is just a word in the dictionary. He enjoyed the buzz of fear, the challenge it posed, and got great satisfaction and kudos from his extraordinary performance. He always executed meticulous planning, leaving nothing to chance.
“His incredible story will continue to inspire us all to face our fears, but especially newcomers to our family – his two great-grandsons, Spencer and Archer, both of whom are already showing the man’s attitude. Scammell action in the face of life.
Roy was the ultimate handsome daredevil. Whether you needed someone to dive into the sea from a burning oil rig, descend a gorge, slam a tower window, brave hell, hang from a helicopter, or roll a car through. a ravine, it was your man.
He was born in 1932 in Kingsbury, London. Roy and his brother Terry were evacuated from London to Ridgmont when they were eight and six, in 1941. Roy attended Ridgmont Lower School where he broke his arm while jumping off the seesaw. He visited the school often and in 2019 gave a presentation to all the students about his fond memories and the difficult times he spent at Ridgmont as a young child caring for his younger brother. Her favorite place to relax was among the ruins of the Old All Saints Church in Ridgmont.
He left school at the age of 13 and became passionate about skating. First roller skating, then ice skating, which earned him a semi-pro title for the Wembley Lions. Between games, Roy worked on an act he had racked up – jumping over 16 barrels on ice.
By this time he had become an ice skating pro. Little did he know that Major Gerald Palmer, a famous Tom Arnold Ice Show impresario, was watching him backstage. He gave her an audition on the spot – and the rest was history.
His career began on the ice, but in 1947, the shooting of a new film with Dirk Bogarde was underway. Someone pointed out that Roy looked a bit like Dirk, so he was appointed double stuntman to do a high speed bike race. It was only the first of many legendary waterfalls
Roy has gone on to perform stunts in some of the most iconic movies of all time including: A Clockwork Orange, Alien, Midnight Express, Flash Gordon, Papillon, Italian Job, Rollerball, and many Bond films.
No waterfall was too big and no waterfall was too small for Roy. His career has spanned from performing stunts on six Bond films to even skydiving for Frank Sinatra, then performing “Strangers in the Night” on stage with him.
His career as a stuntman, skater and gymnast has taken him all over the world, he has worked with everyone from John Wayne to Peter Sellers, Steve McQueen to Marilyn Monroe.
Roy was no stranger to the West End, either. Andrew Lloyd Webber asked him to organize skate racing scenes in Starlight Express which ran for 18 years. He has appeared in hundreds of TV shows – Doctor Who for decades and his career widened to the creative side when he came up with the concept of Ice Warriors, sold it to LWT, and then helped build it. transform into a hugely successful 13-episode television series. .