[Collected on the Internet, 1996]
What about that Moutain Dew ad? The one with the James Bond parody. He's skyboarding, gets rid of his parachute, then snow boards. In the filming of the commercial, the stunt man got rid of the parachute and then was supposed to open a second parachute, which did not open.
Apparntly his parents beleive that he would have wanted the commercial to air so his friends could see it, so Mountain Dew finshed the ad, but next time your watching, know that in a mere few seconds after that parachute is release, that guy is dead.
[Collected on the Internet, 2002]
There was a rumor a few years back that a stuntman performing aerial acrobats after jumping from a plane was killed while filming a
Origins: Tragic real-life events can sometimes form the basis of ongoing lore. Especially when sudden death snatches away a young person while he is at the peak of his conditioning and the very picture of vitality, we look to the circumstances surrounding that tragedy to provide whatever measure of
On 14 December 1995, 28-year-old world champion sky surfer Rob Harris fell to his death while filming a Mountain Dew commercial. The ad (which was subsequently released by Mountain Dew) was a James Bond spoof in which a tuxedo-decked man dives from an exploding plane. The script called for Harris to jump at
A rumor about this tragic loss continues to surface: that shots from that last take were used in the commercial ("a mere few seconds after that parachute is released, that guy is dead"). In an expansion of this rumor, the footage is said to have been left in because "it was so good, that they used it for the commercial." Although the finished spot did include footage of a skysurfing Rob Harris taken earlier in the multi-day shoot, no portion of his final, fatal jump was incorporated into the commercial that made its way to television:
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