'James Bond' stuntman killed
Geneva - 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 wingsuit.Online extreme sports broadcaster Epic TV said on Thursday that Mark Sutton was killed during a gathering it had organized involving 20 wingsuit pilots who were filmed as they jumped from helicopters. The firm said Sutton's death was "a tragic loss for the global wingsuit community."Wingsuits - aerodynamic jumpsuits that make wearers look like winged superheroes - allow flyers to jump from planes or helicopters and soar long distances before opening parachutes to land.Swiss police confirmed that Sutton died on Wednesday when he crashed into a rocky ridge near Trient in the Valais region. They gave his age as 42.The former army officer was an accomplished skydiver who had a starring role in one of the most memorable parts of the 2012 Summer Games opening ceremony.It began with a filmed sequence in which Daniel Craig's James Bond escorted Queen Elizabeth II from Buckingham Palace and into a helicopter.
"My relationship with Mark was like that."Valais police said on Thursday that Sutton jumped from a helicopter at 3 300m, but fell to his death after crashing into a mountain ridge.Epic TV editor in chief Trey Cook said Sutton jumped with another diver who was wearing a camera, though the moment of impact had not been captured on film.Sutton worked as a derivatives adviser to British bank RBS, which offered condolences to his family on Thursday.... Read the full, comprehensive news article and discuss at SPORT24