I don't have a problem with the freefall itself, it's the pulling of the ripcord and then hitting the ground on the next shot. There needed to be a shot of the parachute opening and Bond and Camille falling for a second or two before hitting the ground. Then it would have worked. With what we have edited now, there is no way they could have survived the fall.
Seriously. Shades of Brosnan Halo jump when he opens the parachute RIGHT before he hits the water.
Come the **** on, guys.
From my (limited) understanding, that is how the HALO (High Altitude, Low Opening) jump is made. You jump from a height above radar and open your parachute at a height below radar to avoid being detected. Consequently, there isn't a lot of time/room between the chute opening and your hitting the water. From what I understand, almost as soon as your chute opens fully and your descent is slowed to its slowest point, you release the chute and drop into the water. It's a very dangerous jump and a number of people have died from it. As a result, I have no problem with this scene.
First, there was no instant recovery. There was a scene in between that giving time to recover. Bond looked like it hit him pretty hard when he hit the ground.
Yes, the chute did open.
However, like Brosnan's Halo jump in TND, there just is not enough open chute time to slow one's speed to a survivable rate.
Folks, there is no such things as a perfect film, but this is still one fantastic Bond film IMO.
Read my statement above. I have no problem with the jump. I do, however, have a major problem with Bond and Wai Lin's escape from the Devonshire, which is perhaps the most unbelievable scene in the series (and one of my least favorite). There is absolutely no way they could escape from the depths of that ship on a lungful of air. Raymond Benson's novelization had it much more believable (and better) when he had them escape from the ship's torpedo tube or air duct (can't remember offhand) while sharing an air tank all the way to the surface.
The freefall landing may not be that bad, but it could have been better--and all it really needed was just a longer shot of the parachute being open.