James Bond stuntman dies; Mark Sutton killed in wingsuit skydiving accident

Mark Sutton, the stuntman who became James Bond’s double in the 2012 London Olympics opening ceremony, dies in a fatal skydiving accident.

Wingsuit Flying

Among other accomplishments, Sutton was best remembered as the agent 007-dressed skydiver who parachuted into the London Olympic stadium with a co-stuntman, Gary Connery, who was disguised as Queen Elizabeth II.

Their scene formed part of that viral video in which English actor Daniel Craig escorted the real queen from Buckingham Palace to a helicopter to the historical sporting venue.


According to Fox Sports news, Swiss police confirmed that Sutton passed away Wednesday after he crashed into a rocky ridge near Trient, a municipality in the district of Martigny in the canton of Valais in Switzerland.

Epic TV, an online extreme sports broadcaster, reportedly said Sutton died during a gathering it organized for 20 wingsuit pilots who where filmed as they jump from choppers. He was 42.

Wingsuit flying is “the sport of flying the human body through the air using a special jumpsuit, called a wingsuit, which adds surface area to the human body to enable a significant increase in lift.”

Investigators said the so-called James Bond stuntman crashed into a mountain ridge and fell to his death after jumping from a helicopter at 10,800 feet, the Fox Sports report stated.

The moment of impact was not captured on video.