1. James Bond's rocket man coming to Niagara Falls on 18 February

    By Devin Zydel on 2010-02-09

    James Bond fans will have the chance to meet up with the man dubbed ‘the greatest rocket belt pilot in the world’ later this month in Niagara Falls.

    ROCKETBELT PILOT'S MANUAL: A Guide by the Bell Test Pilot

    ROCKETBELT PILOT’S MANUAL: A Guide by the Bell Test Pilot

    According to the Niagara Falls Review, William Suitor will be at the Niagara Falls Public Library on Thursday, 18 February to talk about the rocket belt and his more than 1,000 flights at places around the world. He will also be signing copies of his book ROCKETBELT’S MANUAL: A Guide by the Bell Test Pilot.

    As many fans are aware, it was Suitor who doubled for Sean Connery’s 007 in the pre-credits sequence of Thunderball when he flew the rocketbelt.

    ‘There’s never, ever a time you’re not at least … apprehensive,’ Suitor said, when asked how nerve-racking it is to be thrust in the air with a rocket pack attached to your body. ‘Ignorance is bliss. Some-times, it’s better not to know a lot of the things that can go wrong,’ he laughed.

    He also adds that he hears a ‘bazzilion’ questions regarding his brief appearance in Thunderball: ‘I didn’t know anything about it at the time. It was just another job to do. Now, it’s regarded as one of the best films in the James Bond series.’

    The event will be free to the public. The Niagara Falls Public Library Victoria Avenue branch is located at 4848 Victoria Avenue, Niagara Falls, ON L2E 4C5. For further details, visit the official website.

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