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London 2012 Bond stuntman killed

ESPN staff
August 15, 2013
Stuntman Mark Sutton, who doubled for Daniel Craig's James Bond at the London 2012 opening ceremony, has tragically died © Getty Images

The stuntman who parachuted into the Olympic Stadium as James Bond during the opening ceremony of London 2012 has been killed in an accident.

Mark Sutton, 42, died while wing-diving near Martigny in Switzerland on Wednesday. It is thought he died after crashing into a ridge of rock, although police have not yet confirmed the cause of death.

Sutton, a former army officer, doubled for Daniel Craig's Bond, memorably entering the Olympic Stadium from a helicopter with another stuntman playing the Queen in Danny Boyle's showpiece.

Wing-divers wear specially-designed wingsuits which allow them to glide through the air at high speeds, with a parachute opening for landing.

Mark Sutton was 42 © Getty Images

It is believed Sutton intended to land at a village close to the French border after jumping from a helicopter at 3300m (10,826ft). He is reported to have suffered fatal injuries after hitting a ridge of rock however, with rescuers believing he died on impact.

The accident occurred on the first day of a three-day wing-diving event with 19 other experienced wingsuit pilots. Police have opened an investigation with a formal identification of the body under way.

Gary Connery, the stuntman who filled in for the Queen alongside Sutton during the Olympic ceremony, posted what appeared to be a grieving message on Twitter. He wrote: "All you jumpers/flyers out there, stay safe, make wise choices and know your limits and your locations. Live to tell your stories. One love."

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