James Bond Parachute Stuntman from London Olympics Dies in Fall

Opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games, with Mark Sutton (inset)

Olivier Morin/AFP/Getty. Inset: Gary Connery Archive/Getty

updated 08/15/2013 AT 7:00 AM ET

originally published 08/15/2013 AT 8:20 AM ET

The British stuntman who parachuted into the London Olympics opening ceremony as James Bond has been killed in an accident in the Swiss Alps while flying a special wing suit.

Online extreme sports broadcaster Epic TV says Mark Sutton died during a gathering it had organized involving 20 wing suit pilots who were being filmed as they jumped from helicopters.

Swiss police confirmed that a 42-year-old Briton died Wednesday in a fall near Trient in the Valais region.

The 2012 Summer Games opening ceremony memorably included Sutton as a Bond double jumping with another stuntman dressed as a skydiving Queen Elizabeth II.

Valais police said Thursday that Sutton jumped from a helicopter at 10,800 feet but fell to his death after crashing into a mountain ridge.


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