Paddy McGuinness celebrates his hero, former stunt driver Eddie Kidd, with a road trip and by jumping through a ring of fire in the new Top Gear series.
The comedian, 48, and his co-hosts – Chris Harris, 46, and Freddie Flintoff, 43 – will be seen paying tribute to the acclaimed driver, 62, who worked on multiple James Bond films and was left paralyzed and brain injured after a crash. accident in 1996.
The first episode of the new series, which airs tomorrow night, features McGuinness, 48, driving down an open road in a convertible with Kidd in the passenger seat.
A procession of motorcycles then flows past the car to pay tribute to the great driver, with Kidd greeting them as they pass.
Paddy McGuinness, 48, celebrates his hero, former stunt driver Eddie Kidd, with a road trip and by jumping through a ring of fire in the new Top Gear series
In the first episode of the new series, which airs tomorrow night, McGuinness can be seen driving down an open road in a convertible with Kidd in the passenger seat.
McGuinness says in the voiceover, “It was time to show Eddie the path he had blazed, and that meant a little drive.”
Discussing the encounter with his hero, McGuinness said, “When you talk to him, you can still see that glint in his eye.
“It’s great that we can do things like that on Top Gear. It takes you (away from) us being weird and doing crazy stunts or whatever.
He trolls me a lot in the movie. He’s really sharp – and I didn’t care what he said to me or if he took the mickey out of me.’
The acclaimed driver, 62, who worked on multiple James Bond films, was paralyzed and suffered a brain injury after an accident in 1996.
Fellow presenter Flintoff said today’s stuntmen and women often cite Kidd as the “benchmark.”
Reflecting on Kidd’s achievements, he added, “The first person to do all that is the one who is the bravest.
“He does something that you’re not sure is possible and he’s the one there and he paved the way for everyone else after that.”
In his prime, Mr Kidd was a hugely famous stunt driver. He first amazed onlookers in December 1979 when he jumped 80 feet over the gap in an abandoned railway bridge in Essex on a 400cc Yamaha.
A procession of motorcycles flows past the car to pay tribute to the great rider, with Kidd greeting them as they pass
Mr Kidd’s achievements culminated in 1993 when he jumped the Great Wall of China and defeated Evel Knievel’s son Robbie Knievel in the Stunt Bike World Championship.
Three years later, he was involved in the life-changing accident when his motorcycle spiraled out of control after a 45-foot jump at an event in Stratford-upon-Avon.
In addition to sustaining brain damage in the accident, he also broke his neck and pelvis.
Eddie has since been unable to talk or walk unaided and requires full-time care.
His pinnacle: In his prime, Mr Kidd was a famous stunt rider. He was also a stunt double for two famous James Bond characters – Timothy Dalton and Pierce Brosnan (Pictured 1981)
Meanwhile, it appears that Eddie has found lasting love with Billie after his tumultuous marriage to Samantha Kidd – who was jailed for five months in 2013 for beating him up.
Samantha, who married Eddie in 2007 before they split in 2012, pleads guilty to four counts of assault against her husband, including hitting and kicking him, smothering him and calling him “off****** spastic.”
She was arrested in December for domestic violence after her husband’s family turned her in to police, days after the couple split.
Shortly after her arrest, Eddie told The Sun: I loved her so much. I think I still do. But when she hit me—sometimes in front of other people—I just cried inside and thought, ‘Why? Why are you doing this to me?”
Tragically, however, in 1996 he was involved in the life-changing accident when his motorcycle spiraled out of control after a 45-foot jump at an event in Stratford-upon-Avon (Pictured 1987)
“As a man, any man, it is terribly humiliating and in a way embarrassing to be beaten by your wife. In the end I blamed myself – I thought she had taken on too much, that it was my fault that she hit me.
“I assumed so much when I was driving. After all the stunts, all the fanfare, I’m sitting in a chair that is being beaten by my wife and I can’t do anything anymore,” he admitted emotionally.
Eddie was previously married to Hot Gossip dancer Debbie Ash and then ex-Stringfellows nightclub waitress Sarah Carr.
Talking about his condition in an earlier interview with the mirrorEddie admitted he didn’t want to be upset about his life after an accident.
‘Why should I get depressed? I’ve done it before. After the crash I wanted to kill myself. But not now. I love life.
“I got a lot of support after the crash. I would like to thank Elton John who sent a beautiful bouquet of flowers to my hospital. I’ll still have the vase if he wants it back!’
And it was in 2011 when he braved the odds to run the London Marathon – which took him 50 days to complete.
The following year, he was awarded an OBE for his services to charities.
Honor: The comedian will be seen in honor of the acclaimed driver, who worked on multiple James Bond films and was left paralyzed and brain injured after an accident in 1996
Speaking: Paddy told MailOnline exclusively: ‘He was an idol of mine from childhood and spending time with Eddie, and the stunts we did was really special’
Screen magic: Eddie did stunts in several television shows and movies and he reunited with some of his former stunt colleagues on the show
Previously, Paddy told MailOnline about the program: “He was an idol of mine from childhood and spending time with Eddie and his family, and seeing his face, the surprise and everything we had lined up for him, and the scale we did it on was really special.
“So I really hope we did it justice and I think he’ll love it when it’s on.
“It was a very emotional time doing that with Eddie, especially at the end when all the different stunt riders came out.
“He saw them again and he hadn’t seen them in years, so it was a lovely atmosphere.
“The raw emotion that came out at the end, I think we were all in tears after that, so it’s going to be fun for a generation of people who probably don’t know who he is, much younger people.” I’m glad they’ll see what he’s accomplished.’
The prankster and his co-stars Chris and Freddie took on some tough challenges for the new BBC series, including one in which they sampled several incredibly spicy chillies while driving, with Paddy gulping down cooling milk before spraying it on Freddie who was in the car. the passenger seat.
Paddy said: It was a very emotional time doing that with Eddie, especially at the end when all the different stunt drivers and everything came out’
Breathtaking: Paddy and his co-hosts – journalist Chris Harris, 46, and former cricketer Freddie Flintoff, 43 – watched as various stunt drivers performed various tricks
Amazing: A driver was seen driving through a ring of fire as part of the stunt in the BBC series
The TV personality explained, ‘It was hot! I have a hard time with herbs anyway.
“You don’t see that (people driving while eating chili) on I’m A Celebrity, but I think I’d rather go on a kangaroo penis than any other bird’s eye chili.”
“It was a treat for me to watch these two fight like the heavyweights of peppers.
“I sat back a little and relaxed and watched them destroy their guts.
Chris chimed in: “It was pretty hard and it’s not much better when it comes out than when it went in.”
“It was hotter!” Paddy exclaimed.
Chris joked: ‘We were actually camping out on the moor that night, so there were no facilities. There are sheep that are certainly damaged by that.’
Top Gear airs Sunday at 8pm on BBC One and BBC iPlayer.