James Bond Parachute Stuntman from London Olympics Dies in Fall

Mark Sutton, Olympic Ceremony Stuntman, Dies in Fall
Opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games, with Mark Sutton (inset)
Olivier Morin/AFP/Getty. Inset: Gary Connery Archive/Getty

08/15/2013 AT 08:20 AM EDT

The British stuntman who parachuted into the London Olympics opening ceremony as James Bond has been killed in an accident in the Swiss Alps while flying a special wing suit.

Online extreme sports broadcaster Epic TV says Mark Sutton died during a gathering it had organized involving 20 wing suit pilots who were being filmed as they jumped from helicopters.

Swiss police confirmed that a 42-year-old Briton died Wednesday in a fall near Trient in the Valais region.

The 2012 Summer Games opening ceremony memorably included Sutton as a Bond double jumping with another stuntman dressed as a skydiving Queen Elizabeth II.

Valais police said Thursday that Sutton jumped from a helicopter at 10,800 feet but fell to his death after crashing into a mountain ridge.
MORE ON: Daniel Craig
blog comments powered by Disqus

From Our Partners