James Bamford (stunt coordinator)

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James Bamford
James Bamford, Bridge Studios, Vancouver BC, July 07.jpg
Born (1967-02-26) 26 February 1967 (age 52)
Other namesBamBam
Years active1994–present

James Bamford (born 26 February 1967), also known by the nickname "Bam-Bam", is a Canadian stunt co-ordinator and stuntman, who works in film and television, and is the current President and on the executive board of Stunts Canada,[1] the oldest and largest organisation of its type in Canada.[according to whom?] He is one of the producers of Arrow and has also directed several episodes of the series.


Bamford was born in Victoria, British Columbia, and presently lives and works out of Vancouver, Canada.[2]

Awards, nominations, medals[edit]

Bamford won a Leo Award in 2013 for Best Stunt Co-ordination in a Television Movie for Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn.[3]

Bamford was a stunt coordinator on the movie Ek Tha Tiger which won Best Action at the Times of India Film Awards in 2013.[4]

Bamford was nominated for the Leo Awards in 2010 for Best Stunt Coordination in a Dramatic Series for the Stargate Universe episode "Air".[5]

Bamford won a Bronze medal for Team Canada for the Karate-Kumite division in the 1991 World Police and Fire Games, in Memphis, USA.[6]


Bamford has been a stunt double for many actors, including Matthew Fox, Mickey Rourke and Ben Browder, and worked as a stunt performer and stunt coordinator on TV shows from The X-Files to Arrow, and films including Final Destination, The Chronicles of Riddick and X-Men 2. He is best known for his work on Stargate Atlantis, and has appeared at many Stargate conventions in Canada, the UK, and Australia.

Joseph Mallozzi, producer of Stargate SG-1 and Stargate Atlantis, hosted a Q&A to Bamford on his Wordpress blog in 2008, and called him "the fearless one".[7]

Premiere Scene interviewed Bamford about stunt coordination at the London Film and Comic Con.[8]

Bamford was a presenter at the Leo Awards in 2012.[9]

Next Level Radio[10] interviewed James Bamford, where he says that "a stunt performer has a 100% likelihood of being injured."[11]

Bamford was voted by the public to be photographed as part of a collaborative Calotype photography exhibition called Vancouver Creatives by VNB,[12] comprising portraits of 22 creative Vancouverites. The magazine Vancouver is Awesome was one of the sponsors of the exhibition.[13]

DC Entertainment's DC All Access went behind the scenes on the TV show Arrow in April 2014, where James Bamford demonstrates some stunt action.[14]

Bamford was the fight coordinator on the Arrow stunt coordination team led by J.J. Makaro, which was hailed by Entertainment Weekly as the Most Likely to Earn Someone an Emmy in their 5th Annual Season Finale Awards, 2014.[15]


This is only a small selection of James Bamford's roles, as in June 2014 he had 424 entries at iMDB.[16]

Year Film Role
1994 M.A.N.T.I.S. Stunt performer
1995 Sliders Stunt performer;
Stunt double for Jerry O'Connell
The Outer Limits Stunt performer
1996 Poltergeist: The Legacy Stunt coordinator (cover days)
Two Stunt double for Lochlyn Munro
1997 Dead Man's Gun: My Brother's Keeper Stunt performer
Nightman Stunt double
Agent Aldrich
1998 Cold Squad Stunt performer
Welcome to Paradox Stunt double for Ice-T
Shattered Image Stunt double for William Baldwin
First Wave Stunt performer
1999 So Weird Stunt performer
Behind The Mask Stunt double for Matthew Fox
Harsh Realm Stunt double for D. B. Sweeney
The Sentinel Nick Ray
2000 Final Destination Stunt performer
Dark Angel Stunt double for Michael Weatherly;
Stunt double for William Gregory Lee
Call of the Wild Stunt double
Chain of Fools ER doctor
Stunt performer
2001 Smallville Stunt double
UC: Undercover Stunt double for William Forsythe
2002 Reign of Fire Stunt coordinator
John Doe Stunt performer
The Twilight Zone Stunt double
Jeremiah Stunt coordinator (2002–2004 – 34 episodes)
X2 Stunt performer for
Hugh Jackman;
Remy LeBeau / Gambit
(deleted scene)[17]
2003 Scary Movie 3 Stunt performer
2004 Stargate Atlantis Stunt coordinator (2004–2009 – 99 episodes)
Male Wraith
Stunt double for Joe Flanigan
The Butterfly Effect Stunt coordinator
Security Guard
Scooby Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed Martial arts coordinator
Stunt actor: Captain Cutler's Ghost
The Chronicles of Riddick Stunt performer
Blade: Trinity Stunt performer
Stargate SG-1 Eighth
Scary Movie 4 Stunt actor: soldier
X-Men: The Last Stand Stunt performer
2005 Stargate SG-1 Fight coordinator (2005–2007 – 5 episodes)
Stunt performer
Stunt double for Ben Browder
2006 Fallen Powers Angel
2007 In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale Stunt actor: Legionnaire
Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem Stunt performer
Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer Stunt performer
Stunt driver
Sanctuary Stunt coordinator (8 episodes)
War Stunt performer
Things We Lost in the Fire Stunt performer
A Dog's Breakfast Stunt coordinator
2008 Flash Gordon Stunt coordinator
Stunt performer
2009 Watchmen Stunt performer
Rampage Stunt coordinator
Stargate Universe Stunt coordinator (2009–2011 – 39 episodes)
2010 Shattered Stunt performer/double
2011 Mortal Kombat: Legacy Thug No. 2
Once Upon a Time The Black Knight
Apollo 18 Stunt coordinator
2012 Ek Tha Tiger Stunt coordinator
True Justice Stunt performer
Darko Thug No. 8
Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn Stunt coordinator
Fringe Agent Murphy
Alcatraz White inmate
True Justice Stunt performer
Darko Thug No. 8
Arrow Fight choreographer (2012 – 7 episodes)
Stunt coordinator (2012–2013 – 23 episodes)
Fight coordinator (2012–2016 – 38 episodes)
Gunman #2 (Pilot episode)
Director (2015–present – 14 episodes)
Supervising stunt coordinator (2016–2017 – 21 episodes)
Producer (2017–present)
2016 Supergirl Director ("Survivors")


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 8 October 2007. Retrieved 19 August 2007.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) Stunts Canada
  2. ^ "James Bamford | STUNTS CANADA". www.stuntscanada.com. Retrieved 5 January 2018.
  3. ^ "Leo Awards, 2013 Leo Awards Winners". leoawards.com. Retrieved 5 January 2018.
  4. ^ "TOIFA 2013 Winners: Barfi! Wins Top Honors". indiatimes.com. Retrieved 5 January 2018.
  5. ^ "Leo Awards, 2010 Nominees by Name". www.leoawards.com. Retrieved 5 January 2018.
  6. ^ "Ask "BAMBAM" – Spoilers ALL seasons, all SG Shows/Movies [Archive] – GateWorld Forum". forum.gateworld.net. Retrieved 5 January 2018.
  7. ^ "October 15, 2008: Stargate Atlantis Stunt Coordinator James "Bam Bam" Bamford Takes Your Best Shots". Josephmallozzi's Weblog. 15 October 2008. Retrieved 5 January 2018.
  8. ^ http://www.frankmandesign.co.uk. "Premiere Scene – Further Videos – James Bamford Interviews". www.premierescene.net. Retrieved 5 January 2018.
  9. ^ "Leo Awards, 2012 Presenters". www.leoawards.com. Retrieved 5 January 2018.
  10. ^ [1] Next Level Radio
  11. ^ [2] Next Level Radio Interview – 2 March 2014
  12. ^ "VNB " Vancouver Creatives 2". vnbphoto.com. Retrieved 5 January 2018.
  13. ^ Photo, VNB (5 March 2014). "Vancouver Creatives: James Bamford". Vancouver Is Awesome. Retrieved 5 January 2018.
  14. ^ "DC All Access: Taking Aim at Arrow". DC. 15 April 2014. Retrieved 5 January 2018.
  15. ^ "Season Finale Awards: 'Arrow' stunt team vows to do it even better". EW.com. Retrieved 5 January 2018.
  16. ^ "James Bamford". IMDb. Retrieved 5 January 2018.
  17. ^ Bamford filmed a scene as Gambit during the Dark Cerebro scene where he would blow up a table. This was later cut from the film, and was not included on the DVD release.

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