22 Jan 2021
Vehicle stunt pioneer Rémy Julienne has died aged 90.
The Frenchman passed away on January 21 from complications related to COVID-19. He has battled the virus for two weeks and been in a coma.
“It is with a heavy heart, with infinite sadness, that we announce that Rémy left us on the night of January 21, 2021,” a message posted to Julienne’s Facebook page read.
“Rémy was passionate and lived passionately. Competitions in movie sets, thrills in infernal cadences at a rhythm.
Still yesterday he had plans full of his head.
“The ambition to elevate the waterfall to the rank of Art, to highlight the men of the shadow. The desire to be useful and pass on your experience.
“Rémy loved life. He wanted to live. He fought to the end. His body left us but he will forever remain in our hearts.”
Julienne was a French motocross and rallycross champion, but he was perhaps best know for his film work, which included choreographing and driving in high-energy and realistic, but often destructive car chase sequences.
He has more than 1,400 film credits to his name as a stunt driver and coordinator, including six James Bond films, and 1969 cult classic The Italian Job. His final film work was on the 2017 short film Void and Method. His last major motion picture work was the 2006 hit The DaVinci Code.
Julienne also worked on numerous commercials for French car brands and Fiat.
In the early 2000s Julienne was tasked by Disney to develop a new live show depicting the process of producing vehicle stunts for big action films. Moteurs… Action! Stunt Show Spectacular opened at Disneyland Paris in 2002. A second show, dubbed Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show opened at Walt Disney World in Florida in 2005.
The Florida show closed in 2016, while the Paris show remained open until last year.
Julienne is survived by sons Michel and Dominique, as well as grandson David, all of which have followed him into careers in the film industry.