007's new mission: To launch the olympics

Apr 02, 2012, 11:53 IST | Agencies

Daniel Craig to open the London 2012 Olympic Games after an invitation from Queen Elizabeth

James Bond’s latest mission is to declare the 2012 London Olympic Games open and guess who asked him to do it? The Queen! And this isn’t a film plot... this is really going to happen!

Daniel Craig, the actor who plays Agent 007 in the film franchise is presently in London shooting for the next James Bond flick, Skyfall and it seems the actor has been invited by the Queen to shoot some sequences of the film in Buckingham Palace, in a bid to promote the 2012 Olympics.

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She asked him into Buckingham Palace to film spectacular scenes as 007 for London’s sporting extravaganza. In the film, he arrives by Royal Appointment to be told his latest mission is to launch the Games. Her Majesty may even make a cameo appearance.

A billion people watching on TV around the world will see Bond getting his instructions before he is taken by helicopter to parachute into the Olympic stadium in Stratford, East London.

Daniel and a film crew headed by Slumdog Millionaire director Danny Boyle were given unprecedented access to The Queen’s private rooms.

They also shot helicopter and parachuting scenes. Boyle, creative director of the opening ceremony, has chosen to make Bond a key part of the spectacle which will kick-start the Olympics.

A source on set said, “It’s a huge coup for the 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.”

Crew members were given strict instructions not to tell anyone what they were filming.The film — to be fed into the opening ceremony — was given the name The Arrival.

A Palace spokesman said, “Buckingham Palace is involved in a number of filming projects during this special Jubilee year and we would not go into details of any particular project until nearer the time of transmission.”

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