Wall Street Journal
(San Francisco) - At the very top of Taylor and Vallejo streets here
on Sunday morning, I stopped to take in the view. Idling in a 2011
Ford Mustang V6, I looked down through the windshield at the
impossibly steep hill below, immortalized in the 1968 film "Bullitt"
starring Steve McQueen.
Seated next to me was Loren Janes, 79, McQueen's longtime stunt double
and the last surviving member of the "Bullitt" car crew. Mr. Janes
drove the green Mustang in the movie's most daring and riveting scenes—
the one down Taylor Street and the other along Guadalupe Canyon
Parkway. I even brought along a CD of the "Bullitt" soundtrack for the
Two weeks after the death of "Bullitt" director Peter Yates, Mr. Janes
and I set out to honor him by driving the movie's chase route—
cautiously. "Peter wanted everything about the chase to feel risky and
rough," said Mr. Janes, whose stuntman credits include more than 500
movies and 2,100 TV episodes. "Peter never got cold feet about any of
the stunts that coordinator Carey Loftin lined up. He knew that a
memorable film needed to be on the edge."