Mark Sutton

  Male      British      Adventurer

  Born : Apr 13, 1971  -
  Died : Aug 14, 2013

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Mark Sutton (13 April 1971 – 14 August 2013) was a British stuntman who took part in the 2012 Summer Olympics opening ceremony by parachuting from a helicopter above the stadium as James Bond. He died in a wingsuit flying accident near Les Grandes Otanes in Switzerland. He had been travelling at around 125mph when he hit a ridge.

Mark Sutton was the son of Air Marshal Sir John Matthias Dobson Sutton KCB, former Lieutenant-Governor of the Island of Jersey, and Lady Angela Sutton. He was educated at Royal Military Academy Sandhurst where he won the Sword of Honour. He received an officer's commission in the 6th Queen Elizabeth's Own Gurkha Rifles in December 1991, and served as an Army Officer until 1995. Upon leaving the Army, he changed career and moved into finance in the city of London. When he died, Sutton was working as a consultant for The Royal Bank of Scotland.

During a segment of the opening ceremony of the 2012 Summer Olympics entitled "Happy and Glorious", Sutton served as a stunt double of James Bond—who appeared, as played by Daniel Craig, escorting Queen Elizabeth II on a helicopter in a filmed portion of the segment. Alongside his friend Gary Connery (who was the Queen's stunt double for the segment), Sutton skydived out of the helicopter into the Olympic Stadium. Following the ceremony, the sequence was described as one of its highlights by the media...

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