Polar Bear Filmed Close Up In Arctic Norway By BBC Camerman Gordon Buchanan (PICTURES, VIDEO)

It's not often you get this close to a hungry polar bear.

But BBC filmaker Gordon Buchanan braved the weather, and something far scarier, to film the 8ft arctic creature in the Arctic Norway.

The MailOnline reports Buchanan endured a 40 minute attack, all the while observing - and filming - through a perspex safety box.

Up close: The polar bear is visible through the transparent box

BBC filmaker Gordon Buchanan braved the weather - and a polar bear

Speaking about his experience, he said "without a doubt she wanted me for lunch. She was so persistent, looking for a weak spot for almost 45 minutes.

The footage will be used in the BBC 2 series 'The Polar Bear Family and Me'

The cameraman says he thought the polar bear wanted him for lunch

"I was terrified and you could hear my heartbeat on the mic. It really was a sensational moment and a worrying situation.

"It shows how enormous and powerful they are."

The Polar Bear Family and Me will show on BBC2 on January 7 at 9.30pm.

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