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Mark Sutton, Stuntman Who Was James Bond In Olympic Opening Ceremony, Killed In Accident

15/08/2013 07:45 BST | Updated 15/08/2013 16:18 BST

A stuntman who starred in the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics has been killed in an accident.

Mark Sutton, who famously parachuted into the Olympic Stadium dressed as James Bond, died after crashing into a mountain ridge in the Swiss Alps, it has been reported.

The 41-year-old had been invited to take part in a wing-diving event with 19 other wing-suit pilots, which involved being filmed jumping from helicopters.

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Mark Sutton ahead of a stunt in 2012

Wing-suits are special jump suits which increase the surface area of the body and act like a parachute wing, allowing users to glide through the air at high speeds.

The accident happened on the first day of the thee-day event near Martigny, in the Valais canton, near the French border.

Rescuers believe Mr Sutton died on impact, and the cause of the accident is not yet clear.

Mr Sutton took part in one of the most memorable sequence of the Olympics opening ceremony when, dressed as James Bond, he parachuted into the stadium alongside Gary Connery, who was dressed as the Queen.