None other than James Bond himself (Daniel Craig) escorted Her Majesty the Queen to the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympics in London today. We previously reported Craig’s appearance alongside the Queen back in April, but a poorly timed release on April Fool’s Day had people second-guessing the story’s authenticity. Now that the 2012 Olympics have officially opened (unless you’re stateside where NBC is still waiting to air it), we’re proof positive that Craig escorted Her Majesty safely to the games. Hit the jump to see footage from Danny Boyle’s short film introducing Craig and the Queen as well as kicking off the 2012 Olympics.
Boyle, the director of Slumdog Millionaire, was tasked with heading up the opening ceremonies for the 2012 Olympics being held in London. Check the video out below before I ruin the royal surprise in my recap. Of the two short introductory films, “Happy and Glorious” features Craig arriving at the palace (where he’s escorted by two Corgies) to ensure the safety of the Queen on her trip to the games. The duo take a helicopter tour of the city, which highlights all the usual London attractions (and even a cameo by Winston Churchill himself). Their arrival is somewhat…unconventional. The Queen and Mr. Bond jump out of the helicopter and parachute to the ground accompanied by the Bond theme and sporting a pair of chutes emblazoned with the Union Jack. Check out the video below to see for yourself:
Each of the films had a narrow window of opportunity to get the right look that Boyle was looking for. You can read up on the production process here, via the BBC, if you’re so inclined.