Danny Boyle has led tributes after the death of a stuntman who parachuted as James Bond into the Olympic Stadium during London 2012's opening ceremony. Mark Sutton died in an accident in the Swiss Alps after apparently crashing into a mountain ridge.
Danny Boyle has said everyone who was part of the London 2012 opening ceremony was "honoured" to work with the "wonderful" stuntman Mark Sutton.
The event's creative director said Mr Sutton had formed "a brilliant partnership with Gary Connery" to make crowd inside "the (Olympic Stadium) gasp" and leave them with "indelible memories" in parachuting in as James Bond and the Queen.
Mr Boyle also paid joking tribute to Mr Sutton for helping to smuggle in treats for the Olympic team in the hard slog towards planning the global show, saying:
Courtesy of loading the helicopter in Essex, and thereby avoiding the official security ban on alcohol in the park during rehearsal, he and Gary also smuggled with them an excellent bottle of wine for the crew each evening and before we all went home we would often drink their health.
They of course, as top stuntmen, never touched a drop but they sensed our need of occasional fortification!
Olympic stuntman Mark Sutton's injuries from his fatal crash in the Swiss Alps have proven so severe that experts could only identify his body with a DNA test.
Mountain police said the daredevil wingsuit pilot was likely to have been flying at around 125mph (200kmh) when he hit the ridge. Investigators are examining if thermal winds played a part in his crash.
We do not know what caused his death but we know it was immediate. The weather was good but when a pilot takes part in this sport, the aim is to fly very close to the ground or mountain side. If you do this at speeds of 200kmh, the margin for error is very small.
– Jean-Marie Bornet, of the Valais police service
Police said Mr Sutton is the first wingsuit pilot to die during a jump in the Valais region.
A video in tribute to Olympic stuntman Mark Sutton has been posted on YouTube today, showing footage from his previous wingsuit jumps in Norway, Italy and Switzerland.
Mr Sutton, who stood in for Daniel Craig in the opening ceremony's jump into the Olympic Stadium, died in a wingsuit flying accident yesterday while on a trip making extreme sports videos in the Swiss Alps.
On August 10, Mr Sutton posted a message and pictures on Facebook, saying: "The sun comes out for a beautiful day in Chamonix, two base wingsuit flights from Brevent then a spectacular paraglide with Mont Blanc and the glaciers glistening in the background."
The mastermind of last year's Olympic opening ceremony, Danny Boyle, has paid tribute to the event's James Bond stuntman Mark Sutton as a "gentle and thoughtful" man following his reported death in a wingsuit flying accident.
Mr Boyle told the Evening Standard: "The show was built from so many contributions from so many people, none finer and braver than Mark Sutton's.
"On behalf of everyone in the show we were all honoured to have him worked with him and to have known him as a friend and a professional."
He added that Mr Sutton's death would be a "huge loss to his profession" and said "all our thoughts are with his family, friends and colleagues".