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Unsung Heroes
December 2011 / January 2012
(revised 11/9/14)



UNSUNG HEROES:
* (Dec. '11 / Jan. '12)  BILL YOUNG'S PRECISION DRIVING TEAM
* (July / August 2011)  STUNTMAN VIC ARMSTRONG - REAL LIFE SUPERHERO




TERMINATOR 2: JUDGEMENT DAY (1991)          




Bill Young   

VEHICULAR HOMICIDE:
BILL YOUNG'S PRECISION DRIVING TEAM -
SLAYING FILM AUDIENCES FOR 30 YEARS

by
CEJ


     Cinema audiences are picky, hard to please, and downright demanding.  And have every right to be.  Think about it studio execs before adding another "surcharge" for those 3D glasses.  If  your average couple wants to take in a night at the local multiplex, they've got to plan on dropping at least fifty bucks.  Count parking if you're seeing your show in the city; add in a few concessions - y'know,  popcorn, sodas, Goobers, Gummies and the like; then maybe a babysitter and a little something to eat before or after the show, and you're easily talking more likely close to a hundred.  If you're taking kids with you, well then we just need to go back and recalculate all over again.  It's a lot of money, especially in the current economy.  So that audience wants their money's worth.  In an attempt to satiate those forking out those mega dollars, one of the ways filmmakers have been giving that "money's worth" since the inception of the medium has been through mind boggling feats of derring-do performed by precision stunt personnel on, around, and in all the major elements: earth, air, water, and yeah ... even fire!


   Harold Lloyd



     The granddaddy of them all was certainly Harold Lloyd (1893 - 1971).  Best known for his "glasses character" in over 200 silent films (as well as later "talkies"), Lloyd was the Jackie Chan of his era, performing many of his own death defying stunts via a combination of (at times) special effects assistance, and (more often than not) a personal physical daredevil-ness of the circus acrobat sort.  He continued doing so even after an accident in which a live explosive mistaken for a "dummy" prop blew off the thumb and index finger of his right hand.  In subsequent films he'd wear a special prosthetic glove to hide the injury, but it didn't stop him from even more spectacular feats in later comedic adventures.   




     As America (and the world) eventually became a "Car Culture", it wasn't long before the automobile took front and center stage in the comedic stunt goings-on of the Keystone Cops, Charlie Chaplin, The Three Stooges and others.   And in time vehicular action coordination would become a cinematic art form all it's own with names of driving stunt team leaders such as Joie Chitwood (LIVE AND LET DIE-1973, THE TAKING OF PELHAM ONE TWO THREE - 1974 ), Hal Needham (FRENCH CONNECTION II-1975, SMOKEY AND THE BANDIT-1977), and Remy Julienne (the original THE ITALIAN JOB-1969, FOR YOUR EYES ONLY-1981, GOLDENEYE-1995) in certain circles becoming as important to a film's success as the actors' names toplining the marquee.  


BAD BOYS II (2003)    


    
     For the last 30 years the mantle of "stunt driving kings" has passed to BILL YOUNG'S PRECISION DRIVING TEAM.  Officially formed after a stint coordinating traffic and automotive action on NBC's CHiPS TV series, the core member unit has grown over the years into a mini-army of championship drivers who's work has wowed audiences in films such as LETHAL WEAPON 1, 2, 3 & 4; TERMINATOR 2, HEAT, SPEED, RUSH HOUR, ENEMY OF THE STATE, TWISTER, Clint Eastwood's THE ROOKIE, GONE IN SIXTY SECONDS-2000, THE ITALIAN JOB-2003, MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE 3, KNIGHT AND DAY, the Michael Bay adventures BAD BOYS II, THE ISLAND, TRANSFORMERS 2, SALT, CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER, and a massive list of others. 


      THE ISLAND (2005)




    
     "A picture is worth a thousand words"
, and rather than praddle on about how much we admire the work of Bill Young's Precision Driving Team, we felt it best to let the magicians speak for themselves in the form of a "moving gallery" of film clips highlighting some of their most mind-boggling feats of vehicular acro (and aero!!!) batic sorcery.
 

     Hold on to your popcorn!

                                                                                                                                           
CEJ - December 2011
                                                                                                                                                
(revised 11/9/14)


 
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TERMINATOR 2: JUDGEMENT DAY (1991)




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LETHAL WEAPON 3 (1992)




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THE ROOKIE (1990)




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TWISTER (1996)






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THE ITALIAN JOB (2003)





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BAD BOYS II (2003)




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BILL YOUNG Selected Filmography:

2014  The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (precision driving coordinator)
2014 Captain America: The Winter Soldier (precision driving team coordinator)
2013 R.I.P.D. (precision driving coordinator)
2013 The Hangover Part III (precision driving team coordinator)
2012 Ted (stunts)
2011 The Green Hornet (precision driving team coordinator)
2010 Burlesque (precision driving coordinator - uncredited)
2010 Salt (precision driving coordinator)
2010 Love and Other Drugs (stunts - as Bill F. Young)
2009 - 2010 NCIS: Los Angeles (TV Series) (precision car coordinator - 24 episodes) 
2009 The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 (precision driver)
2005 The Island (stunt performer)
2004 National Treasure (driving stunts: Bill Young Driving Team)
2004 Taxi (stunt driving coordinator)
2004 Starsky & Hutch (precision driver)
2003 The Italian Job (stunt coordinator - uncredited)
2002 Dark Blue (precision driving coordinator)
2001 Rat Race (precision driver coordinator - uncredited)
2001 Swordfish (precision driver coordinator: Bill Young's Driving Team - uncredited)
2000 Traffic (precision driver coordinator: Bill Young's Driving Team - uncredited)
2000 Charlie's Angels (precision driver coordinator - uncredited)
2000 Gone in Sixty Seconds (precision driving team coordinator)
1999 End of Days (precision driver coordinator - uncredited)
1998 Mighty Joe Young (precision driver coordinator: Bill Young 's Driving Team - uncredited)
1998 Rush Hour (precision driver coordinator - uncredited)
1998 Looking for Lola (stunts)
1997 Top of the World (stunt driver)
1996 Pure Danger (video) (stunt driver)
1996 Spy Hard (precision driving coordinator)
1996 Skyscraper (video) (precision driver - uncredited)
1996 Tiger Heart (precision driver)
1995 Forget Paris (precision driving coordinator)
1994 New Nightmare (precision driver coordinator - uncredited - uncredited)
1994 Speed (stunt driver: Bill Young's Precision Driving Team - uncredited)
1992 Deep Cover (precision stunt driving coordinator - uncredited)
1992 We're Talkin' Serious Money (precision stunt driving coordinator - uncredited, stunt driver: Bill Young's Precision Driving Team)
1990 The Rookie (precision driving coordinator, stunts)
1990 Men at Work (stunts - as Bill F. Young)
1990 Heart Condition (precision driving coordinator)
1989 Loverboy (precision driver)


BILL YOUNG'S PRECISION DRIVING TEAM Selected Filmography:

Get Smart (2008) ... Precision Driving
National Treasure (2004) ... Stunts
Taxi (2004/I) ... Precision Driving (as Bill Young's Driving Team)
Bad Boys II (2003) ... Precision Driving (as Bill Young's Precision Drivers)
Hollywood Homicide (2003) ... Precision Driving
The Italian Job (2003) ... Precision Driving (as Bill Young Drive Team)
Swordfish (2001) ... Stunt Driving
Town & Country (2001) ... Stunts
Traffic (2000) ... Precision Driving
Lost Souls (2000) ... Stunt Driving
The Cell (2000) ... Stunt Driving
Gone in Sixty Seconds (2000) ... Precision Driving
Rush Hour (1998) ... Precision Driving
Lethal Weapon 4 (1998) ... Stunts
City of Angels (1998) ... Stunts
Lost Highway (1997) ... Special Thanks
Spy Hard (1996) ... Precision Driving
Twister (1996) ... Stunts (as Bill Young's Driving Team)
Se7en (1995) ... Stunts
New Nightmare (1994) ... Precision Driving (as the bill young driving team)
Deep Cover (1992) ... Stunts
The Rookie (1990) ... Stunt Precision Driving
Lethal Weapon 2 (1989) ... Stunts (as Bill Young's Driving Team)

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