Honda has partnered with Channel 4 to launch a brand new original series for All 4 as part of its sponsorship of Film on 4. The Evolution of Stunts will see stuntman Damien Walters re-enact some of the most memorable movie stunts across the last ten decades back-to-back in one ambitious stunt with the help of a tumbleator (treadmill), 3D projection and some fellow stunt performers.
The three-part series consists of the main feature which shows Damien and entourage preparing for the stunt culminating in its impressive ‘one take’ execution; a history of the stunts featured presented by BBC Radio 1 film critic Ali Plumb; and a standalone film of Damien performing the stunts.
In line with Honda’s previous exclusive work with Channel 4, which famously saw a team of parachutists spell out ‘Honda’ live during an ad break in 2008, this latest content continues this theme with a take-over of an entire ad break on Saturday 26th November during the first break of The Fast and the Furious 6 on Channel 4.
Damien’s performance begins with an homage to the silent film era and Harold Lloyd dangling from the hands of a skyscraper’s clock before recreating Buster Keaton’s close shave with a collapsing house. Iconic stunts from classic movies like North By Northwest, Indiana Jones, The Matrix and 300 feature throughout the film.
Hollywood stuntman Damien Walters’ impressive body of work includes performances in Kick Ass, Kingsman: The Secret Service and Bond film Skyfall.
Philip Crossman, managing director at Honda UK, said: “The Evolution of Stunts showcases a clear link between Honda’s challenging spirit and stuntman Damian Walters’ need to constantly push to the next challenge. Honda has a reputation for creating iconic brand advertising, such as the live sky diving advert, and this new series with All 4 takes it to the next level.”
The full list of movie stunts that inspired the series are:
1. Safety Last – Clock Dangle
2. Steamboat Bill Jr. – House Fall
3. Dodge City – Bar Fight
4. North by Northwest – Crop Duster Dodge
5. Raiders of the Lost Ark – Truck Drag
6. Terminator 2 – Bike Chase
7. The Matrix – Timeslice High Kick
8. 300 – Sword Fight
9. Thing From Another World – Explosion and Burn