News

James Bond stuntman from London Olympics killed in Alps jump

James Bond stuntman from London Olympics killed in Alps jump

The stuntman who parachuted into the opening ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics was killed in a wing-diving accident. Photo: Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) – A stuntman who parachuted into the opening ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics dressed as the fictional British spy James Bond alongside a double of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth has been killed in a wing-diving accident in the Swiss Alps.

Mark Sutton, 42, a former Ghurkha Rifles officer, died after jumping from a helicopter and crashing into a mountain ridge in the Trient area near the border with France on Wednesday.

Swiss police are investigating.

Wing-diving is an extreme sport which involves using a special jumpsuit with wings that allow the wearer to glide. Wing-divers usually end their jump using a parachute.

The Olympic stunt was a highlight of the last year’s opening ceremony and followed the showing of a film in which 007 actor, Daniel Craig, called at Buckingham Palace to meet and escort the real Queen Elizabeth to the Olympic stadium.

Recent Headlines

in Sports

Lions’ Raiola suspended 1 game for stomping on opponent

Fresh
Detroit Lions center Dominic Raiola (51) during warm ups before an NFL football game against the Minnesota Vikings at Ford Field in Detroit, Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014.

Detroit Lions center Dominic Raiola has been suspended for one game after he stomped on Bears defensive tackle Ego Ferguson

in Sports

Lightning strike injures 12 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa Bay

Fresh
Tampa Police Officers talk to spectators after football fans were reportedly taken to the hospital with injuries after a lightning strike near the Raymond James Stadium, Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014, in Tampa, Fla.

A dozen people are recovering after they were injured by an indirect lightning strike at Raymond James Stadium after a game between the Buccaneers and the Packers.

in Sports

Pistons, eyeing younger players, waive Josh Smith

Fresh
FILE - In this Dec. 17, 2014 file photo, Detroit Pistons forward Josh Smith reacts to a call during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks in Auburn Hills, Mich. The Detroit Pistons announced Monday, Dec. 22, 2014 the club has requested waivers on Josh Smith.

The Detroit Pistons have waived forward Josh Smith, less than two years after signing him to a lucrative free-agent contract.

in Sports

Browns quarterbacks Manziel, Hoyer both injured

Fresh
Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) throws as Brian Hoyer, right, watches before a preseason NFL football game at Ford Field in Detroit, Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014.

Brian Hoyer hurt his shoulder filling in for injured rookie Johnny Manziel on Sunday, complicating the Browns' messy quarterback situation.

in Sports

Giants second baseman Scutaro has back surgery

Fresh
san francisco giants logo

San Francisco Giants second baseman Marco Scutaro has undergone back surgery that could end his career.

Bellingham Traffic