Mark Sutton, Olympic James Bond Parachutist, Dies in Accident at 42

Celebrity News Aug. 15, 2013 AT 9:10AM
Parachuter Mark Sutton on May 2012 in Italy Credit: Mark Sutton/Gary Connery Archive/Getty

Mark Sutton, a stuntman who made his mark in the opening ceremony of last summer's the London 2012 Olympics -- parachuting into the stadium dressed as Daniel Craig's James Bond -- was killed in an accident Aug. 14 flying near Martigny, Switzerland. BBC reports that the 42-year-old British pro was wing suit flying for an Epic TV extreme sports event when he crashed into the ridge of rock.

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At the event, former army officer Sutton was in a group of 20 other wing suit pilots who jumped from helicopters at 10,800 feet in the Swiss Alps; he is believed to have died on impact. (Wing suit flyers were special suits which allow them to glide through the air at high speeds before opening a parachute.)

Last summer, Sutton doubled at Craig's 007 agent while he and another stuntman playing Queen Elizabeth jumped from a helicopter above the Olympic Stadium as millions watched from around the world.

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Film director Danny Boyle, who directed the opening ceremony, told the Evening Standard that Sutton was "gentle and thoughtful," and that his death was "a huge loss to his profession".

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"The show was built from so many contributions from so many people, none finer and braver than Mark Sutton's . . .On behalf of everyone in the show we were all honored to have him worked with him and to have known him as a friend and a professional. All our thoughts are with his family, friends and colleagues."

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