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Olympic James Bond stuntman dies

Aug 15, 2013 | 4:03am EDT

The British stuntman who thrilled billions of viewers around the world by jumping out of a helicopter as James Bond during the 2012 London Olympics opening ceremony has been killed in an accident. Mark Sutton, 41, died when a plane wing-diving stunt went wrong in Martigny, Switzerland on Wednesday (15Aug13). Police are currently investigating the cause of the accident, but it is believed Sutton died instantly after he crashed into a rocky ridge in the Swiss Alps. Sutton doubled for Daniel Craig during the iconic segment at the huge event last year (12), parachuting into London's Olympic Stadium from a helicopter, followed by another stuntman dressed as British monarch Queen Elizabeth II. Participants in wing-diving jump from an airborne craft wearing a special suit which allows them to glide through the air at high speeds before opening a parachute to land safely. Sutton was killed during the first day of a three-day wing-diving event.

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