30 of the most dangerous movie stunts

Some survived these perilous stunts, while others didn’t make it alive

Bane’s plane hijack (The Dark Knight Rises, 2012)

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Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises opens with an action-packed midair plane-to-plane hijack. When Tom Hardy’s Bane was brought onto a plane for transport by the CIA, the villain’s mercenaries attacked the CIA’s plane from above. The henchmen literally propelled down from their plane and attached cabling to the CIA’s plane, causing it to tip nose down and begin to break apart.

While Nolan could have done portions of this scene with CGI, he decided to film all the hijack’s exterior scenes practically. He reportedly spent a few days filming the stunt in Scotland using a South African EMB-110 for the CIA’s plane and a Lockheed C130 Hercules for that of Bane’s minions. But when it came time to destroy the CIA’s plane, Nolan replaced the real plane with a prop version. Still, the stuntman had to drop down to the prop to capture the moments when the CIA plane is being destroyed. The Lockheed C130 Hercules towed the prop plane during this time, with Nolan allowed to drop the prop into the Cairngorm Mountains.