Queen parachute jump stunt-double speaks of his Olympic ceremony role

16:06 28 July 2012

The Queen plays in video with actor Daniel Craig PIC: Nick Potts/PA Wire.

The Queen plays in video with actor Daniel Craig PIC: Nick Potts/PA Wire.

The stuntman who jumped out of a helicopter dressed as the queen at the London Olympic Games opening ceremony, has spoken of the experience.

Gary Connery made the parachute jump alongside fellow stuntman Mark Sutton as James Bond. last night.

It was the climax of a scene that blended fiction and reality - as her Maj and 007 made a helicopter ride to the Olympic Park in Stratford.

Connery said he “thoroughly enjoyed getting dressed up as Queenie”.

He admitted he was nervous before making the jump, which ended with a “tight” landing on a bridge.

“We landed on one of the bridges so part of our training had been landing on the various bridges and so it was quite a tight landing but that’s what we do, it’s professional, so I hope that everybody thought that they got the right people in for the job.”

Mr Connery, who has completed more than 880 skydives and 450 base jumps, said the experience would stay in his memory forever.

“I think this one is probably unsurpassable,” he told Sky News.

“It will hang in my memory until I become senile and can’t remember it any more.

“What an occasion, what a thing to be involved in, absolutely stunning.”


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