A man from Rickmansworth is suing the makers of James Bond for £2.5m after suffering ‘career-threatening injuries’ during the filming of the movie Spectre.
Terry Madden, 66, a highly-regard director was in Austria working on the film in February, 2015 when his legs were crushed by a Range Rover during the filming of an action sequence involving an aeroplane flying through a valley in the Alps.
The sequence was being filmed using a remotely-operated camera rig mounted on the vehicle.
The car skidded out of control during one of the shots and pinned Mr Madden against a camera, crushing his legs.
He was airlifted to hospital in Austria before being returned to the UK by an air ambulance.
Mr Madden said: “I felt privileged and proud to work and be part of an active, exciting, but hard working industry, at times sacrificing family life.
“Then to have a career you worked hard over many years to build up, taken away within a few seconds in this horrendous accident, has been soul destroying.
“It has limited my mobility greatly and I am unable to do things I once took for granted.”
Since the accident, Mr Madden has not been able to work and Spectre remains the final credit on his IMDB page, alongside other blockbusters including the likes of World War Z, X-Men: The Last Stand, Captain America and others.
The law firm representing Mr Madden said: “Although we secured an admission of liability at an early stage, it has now become necessary to issue High Court proceedings to ensure that the insurers fully compensate Terry for his injuries which have ultimately ended his successful and celebrated career.”