He wasn’t a competitor, but Mark Sutton got one of the biggest cheers of the 2012 Olympics.
Mr. Sutton, 42, who died Aug. 14 during a wingsuit jump in the Alps, was the skydiver who parachuted, dressed as James Bond, into London’s Olympic Stadium during the opening ceremony, alongside a stuntman garbed as Queen Elizabeth II.
It was the punch line to a filmed sequence in which Daniel Craig’s Bond escorted the real queen from Buckingham Palace onto a helicopter — and, for many, the highlight of director Danny Boyle’s ceremony.
Swiss police confirmed that Mr. Sutton died when he crashed into a rocky ridge near Trient in the southwestern Valais region. Online extreme sports broadcaster Epic TV said Mr. Sutton was killed during a gathering it had organized involving 20 wingsuit pilots who were filmed as they jumped from helicopters.
Wingsuits — aerodynamic jumpsuits that make wearers look like winged superheroes — allow fliers to jump from planes, helicopters and cliffs, soaring for long distances before opening parachutes to land.