The stunt parachutist who played the Queen to Mark Sutton's James Bond during the Olympic opening ceremony warned of the dangers of sky jumps yesterday:
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
It is unclear if Gary Connery's message was sent before or after Mr Sutton's reported death.
Olympic parachutist Mark Sutton's reportedly fatal accident is understood to have happened on the first day of a three-day wingsuit event near Martigny, in the Valais canton, near the French border.
Mr Sutton had been very experienced in using the 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.
A video on Mr Sutton's YouTube account shows him in several wingsuit flights, including this one near Riva del Garda in northern Italy in August last year, which he introduces with a reference to Team GB:
A British stuntman who parachuted into the Olympic Park dressed as James Bond during the London 2012's opening ceremony has reportedly been killed in an accident.
Mark Sutton, 42, crashed into a mountain ridge in the Swiss Alps yesterday and is understood to have died on impact, The Times has reported.
He had been invited to take part in a wing-diving event with 19 other wing-suit pilots, which involved being filmed jumping from helicopters. The cause of the accident is not yet clear.
Mr Sutton took part in one of the most memorable sequences of the Olympics ceremony when, dressed as Daniel Craig's 007, he parachuted into the stadium with a fellow stuntman, who was dressed as the Queen.
James Bond is never too far away from a martini or an Aston Martin - so if he was in London today he may well have toasted the centenary celebrations for the famous car brand.
A gathering of some of the rarest and most famous Aston Martins were on show in Kensington Gardens, telling the brand's 100-year story from its origins in Henniker Mews, Chelsea, London, to the current global headquarters in Gaydon, Warwickshire.
Derek died surrounded by his wife, their children...and grandchildren after a two year long battle against cancer.
His great love for his family and his legendary trumpet playing as well as his gift of laughter and friendship will mean he will be remembered for generations to come.
Wendy & family would like to thank everyone for their incredible support and outpouring of love for this wonderful man.
He was amazed but very honoured to have received so many messages and also comforted by the knowledge that his trumpet playing and reputation will live on for future generations to enjoy and admire.
Derek Watkins, the British trumpet player who played on every James Bond film soundtrack, has died aged 68.
The lead trumpet player, who was described by the great Dizzy Gillespie as "Mr Lead", died yesterday at home in Reading following a lengthy battle with cancer.
Watkins was "widely considered to be the foremost British Big Band trumpet player ever to grace the stage", according to Philip Biggs, editor of the Brass Herald.
After turning professional aged 17, he enjoyed a lengthy career in which he played with The Beatles, Elton John, Eric Clapton, Frank Sinatra, the London Symphony Orchestra and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
He played with the BBC Big Band and performed for prominent jazz musicians Johnny Dankworth, Maynard Ferguson and Benny Goodman.
Mr Biggs described him as "a people's person - no side, no ego, a fun loving musician who couldn't get enough of life, who loved his family".
He is survived by his wife Wendy and their children, Sean, Ellie and Sarah.
Watkins was born into a brass band family and taught to play the cornet at the age of four by his father.
He then played in the band his father conducted - the Spring Gardens Brass Band in Reading, of which is grandfather was also conductor and a founder member.
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West London born Dame Helen Mirren is nominated in the Best Actress category for her role in Hitchcock - playing the wife of the famous filmmaker.
Dame Helen Mirren said she was "delighted" to have been nominated for Best Actress for her performance as Alma Reville in Hitchcock.
This was a wonderful role, Alma Reville was more than Hitchcock's wife, in many ways she was his muse, his assistant, his editor and more, and I am proud to have had the opportunity to portray her.
There were many people involved in the making of the film, all of whom played a part in this nomination.
I would particularly like to thank my co-star Anthony Hopkins and our director Sacha Gervasi who helped me to shape Alma on to the screen.