Olympic stuntman that portrayed James Bond parachuting in opening ceremony dies in accident

July 27, 2012; London, United Kingdom; Parachuters descend during the opening ceremony for the 2012 London Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA Today Sports

When you look back at the opening ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics, one of the moments that stands out the most is when a parachuter portraying James Bond came flying down in to the season. Unfortunately, the man that participated in the ceremonies has been killed in a tragic accident.

Mark Sutton, the 42 year old stuntman who achieved the feat, in a wing-diving accident after crashing in to the Swiss Alps mountain ridge.

Swiss police say that Sutton jumped out of a helicopter at 10,000 feet in the air, according to NBC News.

“Mark was a very experienced pilot,” said editor-in-chief for Epic TV, Trey Cook. “Conditions were good yesterday and people had been flying extremely conservatively in the practice flights, but unfortunately this is a sport where there is very little margin for error.”

During the ceremony, Sutton and a women portraying Queen Elizabeth II parachuted in to London Olympic Stadium. It was unquestionable one of the most memorable moments from the ceremony.

Our thoughts go out to the family and friends of Sutton and everyone else that has been affected by the tragedy.

Topics: 2012 London Olympics, London Olympics, Olympics

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