The assistant director for the 2015 James Bond film Spectre is suing the producers for $3.5 million after he was seriously injured on set. Terry Madden says he was hit by a truck while filming in Austria, reports Deadline. The incident, Madden says, left him with two crushed legs, multiple fractures, and nerve damage that forced him to undergo multiple surgeries.
“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," explain Madden's lawyers. "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 [the] hospital in Austria and subsequently repatriated to the UK by air ambulance."
Now, three years later, Madden said he never received damages despite the insurers for Bond producers, Eon Productions, admitting liability. So now he's filed the lawsuit to cover his medical costs and for financial support since he says the injuries will hinder his ability for further work.
"I felt privileged and proud to work and be part of an active, exciting, but hard working industry, at times sacrificing family life," read Madden's statement in the suit. "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."
Madden has enjoyed a decades-long career with credits in several Bond films, Avengers: Age of Ultron, The Bourne Ultimatum, Edge of Tomorrow, World War Z, X-Men: The Last Stand, and more.