VIDEO: James Bond Stuntman Plunges To His Death on Radical HeliBase Jump

Published on October 4, 2013

Dramatic footage of tragic James Bond stuntman Mark Sutton giving the thumbs up literally seconds before he dies has been released.

The poignant video was taken from inside a helicopter as he prepared to jump out of it in a wingsuit.

Released with the full consent of his family, the heartrending film shows Mark, 42, leaping from the helicopter to his death.

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He died 20 seconds later. Mark, who wowed crowds as 007 at the Olympics opening ceremony, crashed into a mountain ridge at a speed of 155 mph.

He was one of 23 world-class wingsuit pilots taking part in a non-competitive event in August in Trient, Switerland, near the French town of Chamonix.

The event – HeliBASE 74 – was organised by EpicTV, an online extreme sports channel that has since made a series of films about it.

Panu Lehti, Head of EpicTV, said: ‘When Mark died we were devastated and planned to shelve the whole project.

‘But when the other pilots showed us that the best way to remember Mark was to think about what he would have wanted, we decided to go ahead with the series.

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