GENEVA — Mark Sutton got one of the biggest cheers of the 2012 Olympics.
Sutton, who died Wednesday in a wingsuit jump in the Alps, was the skydiver who parachuted into London’s Olympic Stadium during the opening ceremony dressed as James Bond, alongside another stuntman disguised as Queen Elizabeth II.
It was the punchline to a filmed sequence in which Daniel Craig’s Bond escorted the real queen from Buckingham Palace onto a helicopter.
Sutton was killed during a gathering involving 20 wingsuit pilots who were filmed as they jumped from helicopters.
Wingsuits — aerodynamic jumpsuits that make wearers look like winged superheroes — allow flyers to jump from planes or helicopters and soar long distances before opening parachutes to land.
Swiss police confirmed that Sutton died when he crashed into a rocky ridge near Trient in the southwestern Valais region. He was 42.
Sutton fell to his death after jumping from a helicopter at 10,800 feet.