Mark Sutton, Olympic 'James Bond' parachuter, dies at 42 in stunt accident
Mark Sutton, a stuntman whose biggest claim to fame was being one of the men who parachuted into the London Summer Olympics opening ceremony during its "James Bond" portion, died during a stunt accident in the Swiss Alps. The 42-year-old reportedly jumped in a special wing suit from a helicopter more than 10,800 feet in the air and crashed into a mountain, resulting in his death.
"Such sad news about the wonderful Mark Sutton. As one of the world's top skydivers and stuntmen, his death is a huge loss to his profession," writes Danny Boyle, who organized the opening ceremony, in The Standard. "The show was built from so many contributions from so many people, none finer and braver than Mark Sutton. On behalf of everyone in the show we were all honoured to have worked with him and to have known him as a friend and a professional. All our thoughts are with his family, friends and colleagues. Thank you Mark."
Sutton made the jump that led to his death with other stuntmen. The plan was for them to land close to the hamlet of Le Peuty. Police are investigated what caused an experienced stuntman like Sutton was killed in such a situation. One hypothesis is that wind affected his fall, while another is that he was flying too close to the mountain.