Morecambe Bond girl kills off cancer in 007 stunt night

Martin Shenton as James Bond and Rachel Simpson as a Bond girl, from Morecambe. Outside Reel Cinema.
Martin Shenton as James Bond and Rachel Simpson as a Bond girl, from Morecambe. Outside Reel Cinema.

Watch Morecambe’s very own Bond girl take centre stage in the biggest cinema stunt performance across the country for the latest 007 film.

Rachel Simpson showed cancer who’s boss in the St John’s Hospice fundraiser at Morecambe’s Reel Cinema.

It was a night to remember as stunts, worth up to £30,000, were performed in front of thousands on Central Drive.

Car chases, shooting scenes and a rare Aston Martin wowed the crowds ahead of the screening of the latest James Bond film Spectre.

Cocktails, a mini casino and Bond themed competitions were also on hand.

But the night was not all about energetic, high flying tricks.

The shooting scene during the James Bond stunt night outside Morecambe's Reel Cinema.

The shooting scene during the James Bond stunt night outside Morecambe's Reel Cinema.

The stunts also helped raise hundreds for the Slyne Road Hospice.

Morecambe’s own stuntman Martin Shenton, who starred as Bond, approached Rachel following her recent bone-marrow transplant.

The 15-year-old has been diagnosed with a mutated GATA2 gene which, left untreated would lead to leukaemia, a form of blood cancer.

But the Heysham High School pupil showed nothing was going to get her down when she took down the “cancer baddies” during the final stunt.

I am just so proud of her, not only to do it but to just whip your hair off at 15

Donna Simpson

Rachel smashed a bottle over one of the baddies, who wore a jumper with a C stitched on, representing cancer.

The brave Bond girl then ripped her hair off to highlight her ongoing recovery with the disease.

Mum Donna said: “I am just so proud of her, not only to do it but to just whip your hair off at 15.

“She is doing well, she is improving but she has got a long way to go.”

Camera crews were on site filming Martin and other amateur stunt men from Regent Park Studios. Plans are in motion for Rachel’s footage to be shown before other screenings at the cinema soon.

Martin Shenton said: “Bond was killing cancer. Rachel was fantastic. I think she would make a good stunt girl.”

Kerry Proud, Reel manager, said: “I believe we are the only cinema in the country to perform a live bond stunt before the screening. We want to say a big thank you to all.”