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Tuesday, April 3, 2012

James Bond to Open the London 2012 Olympic Games

It seems British secret agent James Bond has a new assignment this summer...opening the 2012 Olympic Games in London, England.

The Hollywood Reporter claims that following a personal invitation to Buckingham Palace, actor Daniel Craig agreed to film a short James Bond adventure for the opening ceremony to the London 2012 Olympic Games, directed by Danny Boyle of Trainspotting and Slumdog Millionaire fame.  Entitled "The Arrival," the short film also coincides with the 50th anniversary of the James Bond film series that began with Doctor No in 1962 starring Sean Connery as Bond.

The short film reportedly begins with Bond being informed of his mission while at Buckingham Palace and is then flown via helicopter to Olympic Stadium in Stratford, east London, where he will parachute into the arena.

According to British tabloid newspaper The Sun, Queen Elizabeth II may also make a cameo in the short, although the Palace is keeping details secret.  Craig, Boyle and the film crew were apparently given "unprecedented access" to The Queen's private rooms while filming.  Crew members were given strict instructions not to tell any members of the public what they were filming, and cameras and mobile phones were banned on the set.

The opening ceremony to the 2012 Olympic Games is scheduled for July 27.

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