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Olympic ‘James Bond’ stuntman killed in accident

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Mark Sutton (centre) was part of the Olympic opening ceremony's most notable moment

The stuntman who played a pivotal role in the stunning London 2012 Olympic opening ceremony as ‘James Bond’ has been killed in a wing-diving accident in the Alps.

Mark Sutton died after crashing into a ridge near Martingy, at the French-Swiss border, on Wednesday. He was 42.

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Though precise details of the accident remain unclear, reports suggest that Mr. Sutton jumped from a helicopter at the height of 10,800 feet at with the intention of landing near the village of Le Peuty, and was killed immediately.

Wing-diving sees aerial acrobats use special winged suits to give the impression that they are soaring through the air in spectacular fashion.

At the Olympics, the former Army officer stood in for Daniel Craig as his Bond character and ‘The Queen’ (another stuntman) descended into Stratford’s Olympic Stadium from another aircraft.

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