With the possible exception of the Beatles and bad dental hygiene, there are few British exports as iconic as James Bond. The MI-6 super spy has spent the better part of the last 5 decades saving the world from the nefarious machinations of many a cat-stroking, moustache-twirling villain, and as result of his fictional exploits, he’s picked up many a fan.
Now one of his biggest fans has called in a favour to help with one of the biggest sporting events in the world, the 2012 London Olympics, and this not a fan you say no to.
Queen Elizabeth herself extended a personal invitation to current James Bond actor, Daniel Craig, to visit her not-so-humble abode in Buckingham Palace, where The Sun reports that he agreed to shoot a special short film that will be used to launch the 2012 London Olympics Opening Ceremony.
The short, titled The Arrival, will be directed by Oscar winning director Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, Slumdog Millionaire, 127 Hours) who will also be overseeing the entire Olympics event. The film supposedly opens in Buckingham Palace where the suave secret agent is given his mission to open the ceremony. Flown via helicopter to the Olympic stadium in Stratford, he then makes an entrance like only James Bond can by parachuting into the stadium. (Hopefully it goes a bit smoother than the last time he went skydiving though.)
And though not explicitly stated, I would assume that at this point he would then proceed to charm the undergarments off every female athlete in attendance. Well, at least I hope so.
According to one of The Sun’s on-set sources, Boyle and Craig were apparently given unprecedented access to the Queen’s quarters in Buckingham and it is believed that the monarch herself may be making an appearance instead of the use of a double, as is normally the case.
“It’s a huge coup for BBC producers and Danny to be allowed into the Palace and have the Queen involved. They wanted the most iconic British film character inside the building most associated with London and with the monarch — and they got it.
It will be a magical scene for all watching at home and inside the stadium on July 27. Working out the logistics of filming has taken months and hasn’t been easy — but it will be worth it in the end.”
With his next adventure being released in November, as well as 2012 marking Bond’s 50th Anniversary, this is turning into quite a big year for the spy.
Last Updated: April 4, 2012