The Queen Allows James Bond In The Palace

Daniel Craig will help open the London Olympics later this year in character as James Bond, following a personal invitation from the Queen. The Sun newspaper reports that Craig and opening ceremony artistic director Danny Boyle have shot a skit titled “The Arrival” in which 007 travels to Buckingham Palace to be informed that his latest mission is to launch the 2012 games. He is then taken by helicopter to the Olympic stadium in Stratford, east London, where he parachutes into the arena. Boyle and Craig were reportedly given unprecedented access to the palace and its private rooms last week after the Queen personally sanctioned the move. The short film will be shown during the BBC’s coverage of the opening ceremony. Her Madge does not appear in the skit.

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