The Grand Tour fans are ecstatic about the show’s return this week with their special: Seamen. And while the trailers and snippets released by Amazon Prime Video have shown the three presenters Jeremy Clarkson, James May, and Richard Hammond enjoying themselves, it wasn’t always smiles.
James arrived on ITV’s Good Morning Britain today to discuss his new show.
During the discussion with Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid, James spoke about his time filming, including a flight which went wrong.
This subject came about as Piers and Susanna asked James about the closest he had ever come to being killed during his antics.
Piers asked: “Was at the helm of a plane? What happened?”
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James responded: “I crashed it, Piers. It’s as simple as that.”
Laughing at his flippant response, Piers continued: “Where? What was it? Where did you crash it?”
To which James continued: “On the runway.
“What is a nice way of putting it? I was being… overconfident in strong crosswinds in a light aircraft.
“And I thought: ‘I can sort this out and get it back,’ but I was wrong.
“So it [the plane] ended up upside down and I had to…”
As James regaled the presenters with his story, Susanna unbelievably guffawed: “Upside down!?”
Piers followed suit in asking: “Seriously? And did you think when you were coming down: This could be it?”
“No,” James went on. “As I was coming down I thought: ‘I’ll get away with this’.”
“There’s a dangerous point in doing things like flying airplanes where your ability climbs like that,” he added as he pointed to the sky.
“But your self confidence and self belief does that - and at the point where the gap is biggest which is pretty much where i was that's when you [make mistakes].”
On being asked what was running through his head during this event, he went on: “Words that I can’t really say on your very respectable program.