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By The Associated Press

Gary Connery has completed more than 880 sky dives in his career as a stuntman but never dressed as a woman.

He donned a dress and silver wig as Queen Elizabeth II, while his colleague Mark Sutton doubled for James Bond actor Daniel Craig, as the pair leaped Friday night from a helicopter above Olympic Park as part of the big surprise in the four-hour opening ceremony.

"Love the dress, will see if I can keep it," Connery tweeted after landing on a narrow bridge beside the stadium, a stunt he and Sutton had been training for months to do.

Connery's no slouch as a stuntman. Earlier this year he jumped 2,400 feet (730 meters) from a helicopter and landed without using any parachute at all. Instead he used a carpet of 18,600 cardboard boxes to break his fall.

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