Roger Becker spent 44 years at Lotus before retiring in 2010.
By: Ian Kilburn
During the filming of the classic Bond film The Spy Who Loved Me, there was a problem: The stunt drivers couldn't get the Esprit to slide around and do what they wanted during the car chase. Roger Becker, the man who did the development driving and chassis tuning on the Esprit, was on hand during filming. He knew that the car could do what the script called for, but he also knew that the car wasn't being driven properly.
So he did it himself. And that's how Lotus's test and development driver became the Bond's stunt driver.
Sadly, Becker just passed away.
Becker worked at Lotus for 44 years and had a hand in developing basically every car the company built since 1966, when the original Elan was still in production. He worked on everything from the Esprit to the Elise and the Exige to the Evora. Becker's finger print was on basically every car the company made.
From 1988, Becker worked alongside his son, Matt (who left the company in 2014), developing cars for the English manufacturer. Together, they have a combined 70 years of experience at Lotus, which is actually longer than the company existed.
Roger Becker was 71.