James Bond spiral jump stunt
This stunt appeared in the 1974 James Bond movie The Man with the Golden Gun. If you have seen the movie, you may have wondered how they did it. I presumed it was faked somehow with wires and a blue screen, but it wasn't. The stunt was originally part of a thrill show that was co-opted by the James Bond franchise. Jalopnik has the whole story.
Wireframe model of James Bond spiral jump stunt
For the movie, they got some high powered simulation software to model it before they tried it for real. This was in 1974. The simulation was run on a real computer on account of PC's did not yet exist. Via Road & Track
1974. That was 42 years ago, around the same time as I was framing houses in Houston and California Bob's house was being built in San Francisco (see previous post).