James Bond: Every attempted crocodile jump in "Live and Let Die"

Daryn Hinton, who shared this YouTube video, explains:

Ross Kananga who did the stunt of running across the crocodile backs in the James Bond movie 'Live and let Die' was a friend of my brother Darby Hinton & I (Daryn Hinton). Wow he almost got killed a couple of times! Ross was a great guy!!!! Mark Trenchard whose mom was the production manager's secretary in Jamaica posted it to show us.

And, of course, you can watch the final shot in the completed film from 1973. It's one of my favorite 007 movies. (Thanks, Joe Sabia!)


  1. Important safety note with alligators. If by chance you do get bit by one, don’t pull away. That triggers a attack response. Instead just remain still and they will eventually let go. Now you know, and knowing is half the battle. ::cue the GI Joe music::

    1. I’ve heard that works for snakes, but in the case of alligators, I’ve heard you’re supposed to really fight it by punching the snout and poking it’s eyes and ears until it decides you’re not worth fighting.

      I have also heard that the whole “zigzag” run is inefficient.. 

      Source: http://www.crocodopolis.net/lwa_safety.htm

      1. Yeah the zigzag has a very specific purpose, it’s not for getting away it’s for putting a barrier between, for which there must be a barrier. Zig-zagging is slow and clumsy compared to sprinting.

    2. Aren’t you supposed to give them a kiss to disarm them?  Maybe I’m thinking of sharks.

  2. I remember that scene and I always assumed that they used animatronic alligators – they way they all snap their heads up at the same time and same angle makes it look a little fake. Pretty neat that it wasn’t!

    1. I too always assumed it was an effect rather than a stunt and a fairly crap effect at that. What a shame this guy risked life and limb for so little cinematic return.

  3. Really, you admit, publicly, that a Roger Moore 007 is one of your favourites?  At least, it’s not a Dalton Bond, I suppose.

    /Me, as I age, I’m more inclined to like the less techie films.  I’m partial to On Her Majesty’s Secret Service or Casino Royale.

    1. I came of age when Moore was Bond and Connery was some old guy.  The Moore Bond’s were still generally great movies compared to the average movie that came out that year, though the Connery movies have stood up to time better. 

    2. Timothy Dalton is my favourite Bond; though his two films are among the worst. He was able to project both oily charm and psychopathic menace, surely Bond’s two main psychological components.

      Live and Let Die is hardly a guilty pleasure. It features a great title track and some hilarious 70’s fashion.

    1. up until daniel craig came along, i would’ve totally agreed with you. now he’s my 2nd favorite bond, after connery.

      1.  You like *chav bond*? Each to their own I suppose. To me, he’s dragged the Bond franchise down to the XXX and Bourne level, where it’s no longer about brains and tech, it’s all drinking and savagery and bling, innit?

        1. Bond was always meant to be, in Ian Fleming’s words, “a blunt instrument”. Sean Connery et al may have added some witty asides but Bond was never very clever. He saw what he saw and he fought what he saw and he did what he was directed to do. It was always about drinking and savagery and you never saw it.

        2. James Bond is a giant sleazy asshole with an ego the size of his extralegal powers. He’s just incredibly swank and smooth about it, and he is good at what he does.

          In the original Fleming books, Bond believed homosexuals couldn’t whistle. There was also a good hefty dose of white-Eurocentric racism across the original Fleming novels. At one point, Bond is told by an oriental stereotype that young sumo wrestlers, during their training, are taught to push their testicles back up inside of their body by the use of careful massage. What?

  4. Stunt man, yes. But where do you get stunt alligators willing to be stomped on the back repeatedly?

    They must have been very well fed. Or non-union.

    Would the SPCA “monitors” even let you do that to a live alligator today?

    1. They were probably well fed, when well fed they don’t give a damn about much at all, being stepped on was merely an annoyance they’d rather do without, and being run at triggers a response, half-hearted when well-fed. Since nothing hunts them and they are physically really tough and durable they just don’t give a shit about much.

  5.  I miss the days when most film action stunts involved the ingenuity and courage of stuntmen (and women) willing to risk some danger to create a thrilling movie moment.  Now I find most action sequences boring because I know they were done in front of a green screen.  They all feel very cartoony to me.  I still appreciate the creative process and the artistry of a good action sequence but the thrill is gone. 

    1. Agreed. What’s funny is they still include shots that are supposed to be impressive without realizing that the excitement of said shots is mostly gone because it’s all so CGI. 
      **Star leaps down between two cars right as another car slams down above him.**
      In the 80s it’s an “Oh shit!” moment but now it’s like “Well it’s just green screen.” Or maybe some of us are just a little too movie savvy for our own good. 

    2. I found seeing the Tiny Scientologist running over roof tops on his own two tiny feet in Mission Impossible II far more impressive than all the “stunt” work in Revenge of the Sith.

  6. It seems like the alligators learn what’s going on.  They only react once they get stepped on in the first few takes. by the end they’re  all snapping by the stuntman’s first jump.

    1. Alligators or crocodiles?  Crocodiles are quite smart.  Alligators are bumbling idiots.

  7.  I’m just wondering how they got the gators to repeatedly stay lined up like that?  Underwater cradles?  3 gator wranglers holding them there until right before the camera rolls? (though I didn’t see any wake/ripple/splash from said handlers quickly backing away out of frame)

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