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The Top Gear frontman will jump through a ring of fire in tonight’s episode in a special tribute to stuntman Eddie Kidd OBE. The show will see Paddy wearing special motorbike leathers and pulling off the death-defying stunt in a must-see for petrolheads and thrillseekers.

The special tribute will also include some professional bikers leaping over trucks in a series of special stunts.

Top Gear said the clip was “one of the most spectacular stunt shows” viewers will ever see.

He said: “It was great to make that because there will be kids out there who have never heard of him. He had an amazing career.

“Even though I’m a huge fan, I wasn’t aware he had stunt doubled for James Bond and Harrison Ford.

“The mad thing is that, apart from the grey hair, he still looks the same.

“He’s a very good-looking bloke. He’s still got a twinkle in his eye and a naughty sense of humour.

“He has just spent two days trolling me. It’s happening all the time!

“But the celebration we did for him was tremendous.

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“I think for his family and the stunt riders who performed it was a big moment.

“Eddie had no idea that he was the reason all those performers got into it.

“That sequence is a terrific journey. It’s very cinematic and the music’s great. It’s a treat of a film.”

Eddie was left paralysed after an accident in 1996 which ended his riding career.

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