The stuntman who amazed the world when he parachuted into the London 2012 Olympics opening ceremony dressed as James Bond has died while wing-diving in Switzerland.
Mark Sutton, 42, died on Wednesday after crashing into a ridge near Martigny, close to the French border, during a three-day wing-diving event.
The former army officer played the role of Daniel Craig’s Bond in the most memorable sequence of the ceremony, accompanying another stuntman dressed as Queen Elizabeth.
The short film showed James Bond being summoned to the Palace, before skydiving with the queen into the Olympic Stadium.
The cause of the accident was not yet known but the former officer in the Gurkha Rifles reportedly died on impact.
Wing divers wear special suits that allow them to glide through the air before a parachute is deployed for landing.
Gary Connery, the stuntman who played the queen, tweeted of his friend Sutton’s death: “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.”
Sutton apparently died after jumping from a helicopter at an altitude of 3,300 metres. He was part of a group of about 20 other wingsuit flyers who were among the world’s best.
The group was in the region at the invitation of a company that filmed extreme sports, although it was not known whether Sutton was being filmed at the time of the accident.