The actor admitted that he miraculously survived.
Benedict Cumberbatch talked about the fact that I became a victim of bandits in the desert.
“Blame my carelessness, — says the actor. Once it led to mortal danger. It happened in South Africa. We were shot there and somehow at the weekend with a fellow actor decided to get rest: to drive to the coast to dive and swim under water. In the desert, our car was stopped by armed bandits (turned out to be, this part of the road in control of a gang specializing in looting and hostage-taking). They took everything, they tied up and I was still stuck in the trunk of a car. I fought, screamed, begged for release. And at some point, already began to prepare for the inevitable, as it seemed, of death. But unexpectedly left us bound and left. What was it? We were able to free themselves from the shackles and have come a very long distance, before we came upon a couple of locals. Asked them for the phone and announced himself. Miraculously he survived… But my love for adrenaline-fuelled madness, then, only intensified. Adventure haunted. The next morning, for example, I went to dive and swim with special pleasure. SIP your morning coffee, cool sea water, cold beer — what we used to think only little joys, turns into a luxury, after I was on the verge of death…”
And only when Cumberbatch became a husband and father (June 1, 2015 married to Sophie hunter he was born the son of Christopher Carlton. Now his wife is expecting a second child. — Approx. ed), he began to relate to different extreme entertainment. “I can say that I am somewhat settled down. At least, refused to parachute jumps and racing on a motorcycle”.
Full interview with the actor here.