James Bond: W Series driver Jess Hawkins shares secrets behind film's stunts

Jess Hawkins

Jessica Hawkins has shed light on some behind the scenes secrets of filming the new James Bond instalment.

The 26-year-old is a stunt driver for the new 'No Time to Die' film, where she enjoyed getting behind the wheel of the 2020 Defender model, after which she became an ambassador for Land Rover.

Hawkins appeared on This Morning to talk about all things Bond, including her role within the franchise.

"We did a lot of rehearsing in the UK," she explained. "So we set up the scene as it would be on location. There's a lot of planning involved and we're pushing the cars to the extreme. It's a big scene and it's a big movie.

"Being a Bond movie, everyone is expecting bigger and better stunts than the movie before, and we have to deliver."

When she's not stunt driving on major movie sets, Hawkins is behind the wheel of a single-seater car, competing in the W Series.

The Brit has been part of the all-women's formula since its inaugural season in 2019 and she is currently competing on some of the biggest circuits in the world, including Silverstone.

Jess Hawkins

Hawkins is also a Driver Ambassador for Formula 1 team Aston Martin, working on a campaign that operates alongside brand guise Racing Point.

When Hawkins first took the job with the James Bond franchise, she was the only female on the stunt team at the time. 

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She has also previously worked on the Fast and Furious Live shows – making up a seriously impressive CV for the different cars she not just comfortably drives, but performs tricks in for the big stage.

'No Time to Die' will be out in cinemas on September 30th, 2021. You can also watch Hawkins in action on the track in the final two races of this year's W Series season.  

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