Stewarts has commenced litigation in the High Court claiming damages on behalf of Terry Madden, who sustained career ending injuries during the filming of the James Bond film ‘Spectre’ in Austria in 2015.
Mr Madden was working as Second Unit Assistant Director on Spectre for B24 and Eon Productions, the companies behind the famous 007 franchise. He is highly-regarded in the film industry for his work on the Bond films and many other blockbuster movies dating back over 45 years to the original Star Wars in 1976.
On 17 February 2015, the Second Unit were filming action sequences of an aeroplane flying through a valley in the Austrian Alps using a remotely-operated camera rig mounted on a Range Rover. At the end of one of the shots, the vehicle skidded out of control and hit Mr Madden, pinning him against a camera rostrum and crushing his legs. He was airlifted to hospital in Austria and subsequently repatriated to the UK by air ambulance.
Stewarts’ International Injury department, headed by Julian Chamberlayne, has extensive experience in securing compensation for life-changing injuries suffered in accidents abroad. Julian commented as follows:
“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.”
Terry Madden commented:
“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.”
This case was widely reported in the press, see The Telegraph and BBC coverage below:
- The Telegraph – James Bond assistant director sues for £2.5m over ‘career-ending’ injury on Spectre set
- BBC – James Bond filming accident leads to compensation claim
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