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Ever seen a double-decker leap like a salmon? That moment in Speed when Keanu’s bus hurdles a bridge has long drawn howls of incredulity but, with the right team, a 12-ton Routemaster really can flip like a 5p coin. It’s Day 32 on Simon West’s latest explodathon, Stratton, and Longcross Studio’s two-mile test-track, once used by the M.O.D. to trial army tanks, has been turned into a landing strip for a flying double-decker. The stunt’s taken four weeks to prep. Today’s take-off day and, understandably, there are some pre-flight nerves.

Based on Duncan Falconer’s series of novels, Stratton is a bit of an anomaly – a 100% geezer-free British action movie, and the first to feature a hero from the Special Boat Services (AKA the SBS). Never heard of them? That’s kind of the point. “Until the Iranian Embassy siege, nobody knew about the SAS either,” says West as the stunt-team clank through the final safety checks on the purring Routemaster. “If you Google them, very little comes up: they’re incredibly secretive. I guess the layman’s term would be an aquatic SAS but that doesn’t do them justice. They’ve turned underwater warfare into an artform.”

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