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James Bond stuntman killed in skydiving accident

Credit: The Telegraph

Credit: The Telegraph

The British stuntman best known for parachuting into the London Olympics opening ceremony as James Bond has been killed in an accident.

Stuntman Mark Sutton was tragically killed during an event in the Swiss Alps involving 20 wingsuit pilots who were filmed as they jumped from helicopters.

Wingsuits, which are aerodynamic jumpsuits that give the wearers the appearance of winged superheroes, allow flyers to jump from planes or helicopters and soar incredible distances before needing to open their parachutes to land.

Swiss police confirmed that Sutton died Wednesday when he crashed into a rocky ridge near Trient in the Valais region. He was 42 years old.

A former army officer, Sutton was an experienced skydiver who took part in one of the most memorable moments of the 2012 London Olympics opening ceremony, as a filmed sequence in which Daniel Craig’s James Bond escorted Queen Elizabeth II from Buckingham Palace and into a helicopter ended with Sutton — as Bond — performing a live parachute jump with fellow stuntman Gary Connery, wearing a pink dress and wig as the Queen.

Connery told The Sun newspaper that he lost a close friend who was “smart, articulate and funny.”

”In any sport where you share a common bond you can make friends in a heartbeat that last a lifetime,” Connery said. “My relationship with Mark was like that.”

Valais police said Thursday that Sutton jumped from a helicopter at 3,300 meters (10,800 feet) but fell to his death after crashing into a mountain ridge. Trey Cook, editor-in-chief of online extreme sports broadcaster Epic TV, which had been filming the event at which the accident took place, said Sutton jumped with another diver who was wearing a camera, though the moment of impact had not been captured on film.

Via: Entertainment Weekly

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