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Former Army Officer And Olympic ‘James Bond’ Dies In Wing-Diving Accident (Video)

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Mark Sutton Performs as James Bond during 2012 Olympics opening ceremony

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Former British Army officer Mark Sutton, who played a parachuting James Bond during the 2012 London Olympics opening ceremony, was killed in a wing-diving accident Wednesday morning.

The BBC reports Sutton, 42, died "after crashing into a ridge of rock."

Sutton was among a group of elite pilots participating in a film shoot for Epic TV in Switzerland. According to a statement released by Epic TV:

The accident occurred on the first day of the three-day event after several successful jumps had already been made.

Rescue services arrived quickly and determined that Mr. Sutton had immediately died upon impact.

Wing-diving is an extreme sport in which the participant dons a "wing suit" and either jumps from an aircraft, or base jumps from a fixed point like the top of a mountain. The UK Independent reports wing-diving...

...sees people jumping off mountains, through valleys and flying parallel to cliffs at speeds of more than 200mph with little margin for error.

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