Former Army Officer And Olympic ‘James Bond’ Dies In Wing-Diving Accident (Video)
Thursday, August 15, 2013
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.