When the city of Fort Lauderdale recognized Big John McLaughlin, Shogun of the Sea, with a star on the Walk of Fame earlier this year, he responded, “Does one have to be alive to collect it?”
It likely wasn’t the first time McLaughlin asked some form of this question, having pioneered diving, stunt rigging and motion picture safety techniques in the late 1950s that are still in use to this day.
Jaws simply wouldn’t have been a scary movie if it weren’t for Big John.
“I guess the craziest thing they ever asked me to do was bite a live tiger shark,” he reminisces.
But McLaughlin’s favorite was doubling 007 in eight Bond films, including Thunderball, in which he doubled 34 different people.
Let’s join Fort Lauderdale in raising a glass to Big John, the Shogun, and all the brave men who have kept our precious style icons safe over the years.
A salute to the stunt doubles of style icons — via UrbanDaddy
John Cenatiempo and Buddy Joe Hooker, stunt doubles for Robert De Niro and Al Pacino, Righteous Kill, 2007