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Friday, June 21, 2002

Pix of the Day: James Bond Fly-Under

Hurricane Arch Bridge © Ian Scott-Parker
Hurricane Arch Bridge gorge © Ian Scott-Parker
This is the bridge that starred in the opening sequences of the 1983 James Bond movie 'Octopussy'. I was only able to find one reference on the web to this story. As I was hesitantly thinking that I might have to use words like 'hearsay' and 'allegedly' my wife had two visitors. Both attested to the fact, and one of them actually saw the plane flying around the town while filming was taking place. The plane flew up the gorge seen in the smaller clickable picture, which is left and downstream of the main picture. After passing under the arch it then banked and climbed steeply to clear the cliffs on the other side of the structure, which carries UT-SR9 from Hurricane, UT to LaVerkin, UT. The deck of the bridge is currently being refurbished.

The plane in question was a Bede Acrostar flown by J.W. Corky Fornof. That page comes from the 007archive.com website, along with other 007 material mentioned here. Another page on James R. Bede suggests that if Fornof did build the plane he may have done so from a Bede kit. The plane also appeared on the posters for the movie. There is even a trailer available from the BondMovies.com website, which shows the plane in action, though not flying under the bridge, regrettably. The replica planes used in filming ended up at Planet Holywood in Las Vegas, NV and Dublin, Ireland. There was a report that the flying version was offered for sale in the American Movie Classic's First Live Online Auction on Thursday, July 12th, 2001.

  
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Jules Laforgue (1860-1887)
"Ah! que la vie est quotidienne."
Oh, what a day-to-day business life is.
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