Olympics 'James Bond' stuntman dies in Alps accident

A British stuntman who parachuted into the Olympic Stadium dressed as James Bond during the opening ceremony of London 2012 has been killed in a wingsuit accident.

Mark Sutton, 42, died on day after crashing into a mountain ridge in the Swiss Alps after jumping from a helicopter in the aerodynamic suit, the Sun reported.

He doubled for actor Daniel Craig for a section of the London Games curtain-raiser which saw the spy jump alongside the Queen with Union flag-emblazoned parachutes after flying to Stratford by helicopter from Buckingham Palace.

Gary Connery, who played the Queen in the stunt last year, told the paper he had lost a close friend who was "smart, articulate and funny". "In any sport where you share a common bond you can make friends in a heartbeat that last a lifetime," he said. "My relationship with Mark was like that."

Mark Sutton jumps into the Olympic Stadium as James Bond during the London 2012 opening ceremonyMichael Regan - Getty Images

Mark Sutton jumps into the Olympic Stadium as James Bond during the London 2012 opening ceremony

Wingsuits are special jump suits which increase the surface area of the body and act like a parachute wing, allowing users to glide through the air at high speeds.

Police in the Swiss Valais canton confirmed that a 42-year-old British man had died after jumping with a friend from a helicopter while wearing a wingsuit above the Grandes-Otannes area, close to the French border.

In a statement they said the pair jumped from a height of 10,826ft (3,300m) at around 11am on Wednesday and had planned to land close to the hamlet of Le Peuty, near Trient.

But a preliminary investigation suggests that he hit a ridge, it said. He is yet to be formally identified.

"The victim, a Briton, was 42 years old. He was staying in Chamonix (in France) with 20 followers, considered among the best in the world in this discipline," the statement said. It added that they were in the region as guests of a company that makes extreme sport films for the internet.

Mr Connery posted a tweet on Wednesday saying: "All you jumpers/flyers out there, stay safe, make wise choices and know your limits and your locations live to tell your stories one love."