Skip to comments.Mark Sutton, Olympic 'James Bond' parachuter, dies at 42 in stunt accident
Posted on 08/15/2013 4:55:19 PM PDT by SMGFan
Mark Sutton, a stuntman whose biggest claim to fame was being one of the men who parachuted into the London Summer Olympics opening ceremony during its "James Bond" portion, died during a stunt accident in the Swiss Alps. The 42-year-old reportedly jumped in a special wing suit from a helicopter more than 10,800 feet in the air and crashed into a mountain, resulting in his death.
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Sometimes I wonder if it would not be better to just use computer generated scenes rather than have stuntmen do some of the more outrageous ones.
No matter how dangerous, they will get someone to try it. In the opening credits of “Smallville” they show Clark Kent being struck by a car and knocked off a bridge. Watching some extra stuff on the CD, the producers say the stuntman really was hit in that filming. I mean it is the real thing shown.
You stick your neck out long enough and you will get it chopped off.
I believe he was wingsuit jumping for his own enjoyment not doing a stunt. All the same, it looks like it would be a blast, but it does catch up with even experienced jumpers eventually.
Jeb Corliss broke his leg badly clipping an outcropping on Table Mountain a few years ago.
I will have to admit that wingsuit sailing looks fun as all get out.
I figure one day some guy will succeed in landing just using the wingsuit tho maybe it is an impossibility.
Ironically has the song from Skyfall in it.
Being and doing stupid things have consequences ....
It is a shame, but there are some who live for that kind of thing. It’s the way they are.
Playing “Chicken” with Mother Earth is seldom a wise move.
Unless, of course, you can do this:
How To Fly
© by Douglas Adams
“There is an art, it says, or rather, a knack to flying. The knack lies in learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss. Pick a nice day, [The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy] suggests, and try it. “
Some ample & flabby thighs in that photo. libloather.
Are those cardboard boxes he lands on?
I recall reading that the Russians dropped troops out of a transport into deep snow. The plane was flying low and slow but still pretty amazing.
Oh, I forgot, they did not have a parachute.
Some kind of foam filled boxes.
He was in fact wearing a parachute...just in case.
As I recall the Finns wandered out and shot down the holes they made in the drifts.
I get cold chills just looking at those old construction pics!
Don’t know how they could work like that.
C’mon, guys, where is your sense of adventure, of expanding the envelope, of daring to go where no man has gone before, of putting your money where your mouth is? All this hen clucking over taking unnecessary risks in life, gimme a break. That’s not what built America, what made her great. If we engineer individuals who shrink from challenges, personal or otherwise, then we engineer in our inevitable winding down to irrelevance. The boy flirted with death, went after the dragon, he has my respect. “Off we go, into the wild blue yonder...”