Contributed by: The Complete James Bond Movie Encyclopedia by Steven Jay Rubin

American professional surfer, born and raised in Hawaii, who performed in and helped coordinate the surf action teaser in Die Another Day. Another in a long, memorable list of stunt experts who appear in James Bond movies because they’re the best in the world at what they do.

Hamilton brought the world of big-wave surfing to a 007 movie for the first time. Says Hamilton, “My friends and I actually revolutionized big-wave riding. We discovered a technique where we use jet skis to actually tow us onto the wave and that allowed us to ride the biggest waves ever ridden.” Hamilton is, indeed, known as the guiding genius of crossover board sports, and he is truly amazing in the water. His size—six-foot-three, 215 pounds—makes him seem indestructible. He’s the elder son of ’60s surfing legend Bill Hamilton and is a throwback to that time when surfers prided themselves on being all-around watermen.


Subscribe on your favorite podcast app