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James Bond assistant director sues for $3.5 million after Spectre crash

A highly respected assistant director who was severely injured while filming the 2015 James Bond movie Spectre is seeking damages of $3.5 million from Eon Productions and B24 after sustaining what he says are career-ending injuries. 

Deadline reports that Terry Madden, 66, was hit by a Range Rover while filming an action sequence in Austria in February 2015. Madden says both of his legs were crushed and he suffered multiple fractures and nerve damage, leading to multiple surgeries.

London law firm Stewarts is acting for Madden and provided details of the accident. "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. 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 hospital in Austria and subsequently repatriated to the U.K. by air ambulance."

At the time, the insurers for Bond producers Eon Productions admitted liability, but Madden says he hasn't received any damages. The $3.5 million figure also represents future loss of earnings and medical costs. "I felt privileged and proud to work and be part of an active, exciting, but hard-working industry, at times sacrificing family life," Madden said. "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 worked on several Bond films along with Avengers: Age of Ultron and multiple installments of the X-Men and Jason Bourne franchises.