Is James Bond stuntman The Stig?

Is the Stig also a Bond stunt double?

According to financial documents, Ben Collins, who appeared in 007 film Quantum of Solace, is relied on for his "driving services".

Accounts for Collins Autosport Ltd from 2003, the year the present Stig joined the programme, describe it as a "cornerstone year".

They state: "In addition, driving services were also provided for the BBC mainly in the Top Gear programme which promotes Ben's driving reputation and offers good long term prospects for continuing income".

The current Stig is the second in the role. The first Stig, Perry McCarthy, was dropped in 2003 after his identity was uncovered.

Collins, described on his website as "an endurance racing specialist", is also a leading stunt driver for film and television.

Despite the latest evidence, the BBC insists The Stig's identity remains a secret.

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