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Olympics 'Bond' stuntman killed in airsuit accident

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Stuntman Mark Sutton as Bond. Photo: PA Wire

Stuntman Mark Sutton as Bond. Photo: PA Wire

Stuntman Mark Sutton as Bond. Photo: PA Wire

A stuntman who parachuted into the stadium dressed as James Bond during the opening ceremony of last year's London Olympics has been killed in a wingsuit accident.

Mark Sutton (42) died after crashing into a mountain ridge in the Swiss Alps after jumping from a helicopter in the aerodynamic suit.

He doubled for actor Daniel Craig during the curtain-raiser for last year's Olympics, which saw the spy jump alongside the queen after flying from Buckingham Palace.

The ceremony was watched by billions globally.

Gary Connery, who played the queen in the stunt, said he had lost a close friend who was "smart, articulate and funny".

 

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

Wingsuits act like a parachute wing, allowing users to glide through the air at high speeds.

Police in the Swiss Valais canton confirmed that a 42-year-old British man had died after jumping with a friend from a helicopter while wearing a wingsuit above the Grandes Otannes area, close to the French border.

In a statement, they said the pair had jumped from a height of 10,826ft at around 11am yesterday. But a preliminary investigation suggests that Mr Sutton hit a ridge.

"The victim, a Briton, was 42-years-old. He was staying in Chamonix with 20 followers, considered among the best in the world in this discipline," the statement said.

It added they were guests of a company that makes extreme sport films for the internet.

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