The stuntman who wowed spectators at the 2012 London Olympics by parachuting into London Olympic Stadium last year, died on Thursday in a fall in Switzerland. Mark Sutton was the payoff to Danny Boyle’s James Bond gag at the opening ceremony at the 2012 Olympics and today he’s being remembered as man who got the biggest cheer at the Games outside of competition.
Per a report from The Washington Post:
Swiss police confirmed that Sutton died Wednesday when he crashed into a rocky ridge near Trient in the southwestern Valais region. They gave his age as 42.
Film director Danny Boyle talked about Sutton on Thursday when he learned of the stuntman’s tragic death in Switzerland. Sutton wasn’t seen in the footage Boyle shot with Daniel Craig at Buckingham Palace, but he did parachute out of the sky above the stadium that night in a scene reminiscent of The Spy Who Loved Me and Die Another Day.
“The show was built from so many contributions from so many people, none finer and braver than Mark Sutton,” Boyle said, via The Post. “On behalf of everyone in the show we were all honored to have worked with him and to have known him as a friend and a professional.”
According to Epic TV, Sutton was killed at an extreme sports events that gathered 20 skydivers who were wearing wingsuits jumped from helicopters as part of an event.