The British surfer who fought off a shark by punching it in the face may have escaped because of his JAMES BOND training.
Darren Mills, 28, was more than 50 yards off the coast of New Zealand when the 10ft great white shark sank its teeth into his thigh.
Darren from Crawley, West Sussex, punched the shark and swam to shore heavily bleeding from three bite wounds.
Just days before the attack he took part in a promotional video for a James Bond themed day trip in which he was taken under water in a mechanical shark.
The 007 training also included a helicopter trip and a visit to a hidden island.
On the video he is seen transforming from chilled out surf dude to dapper tux-wearing special agent.
Local surfer Nick Smart said: “He was sitting on his surfboard and the shark came up from nowhere and hit him. He struggled for a bit and then punched the shark and it let him go.”
Surf school owner Mr Smart added: “His friends helped him when he got to the shallow part. He was in a lot of pain and wasn’t saying much.
“We rushed to give him blankets and there was a doctor holidaying on the beach who also helped.
“I could see a cut in his wetsuit. It looked to be a 10cm gash in one leg. I’ve surfed the bay thousands of times and done thousands of instructions and thought of it as safe as a church.”