Danny Boyle to Direct James Bond Short Film to Open 2012 Olympics
Since the worldwide success of 2008's Best Picture Winner Slumdog Millionaire, all eyes have been on director Danny Boyle to see what he would do next. In 2010, he directed James Franco in the excellent 127 Hours, and in 2011 he transitioned from film to stage, overseeing the production of Frankenstein starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller at the Royal National Theatre in London. Boyle will next direct the 2012 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony, and The Sun has details about the short film that will begin the ceremony - namely, that it will feature the world's favorite secret agent, James Bond. More below!
The short, titled The Arrival, will see Daniel Craig reprising his role as James Bond showing up at Buckingham Palace to receive his next mission: launching the Olympic Games. Boyle and the crew were given "unprecedented access into the Queen's private rooms" while they filmed last week, and the short will end with Bond parachuting out of a helicopter into the Olympic stadium (there's even rumors that the Queen herself might appear). So for all you Bond fans who can't wait until this fall for some James Bond action when Skyfall hits theaters on November 9th, 2012, it sounds like this is for you.
While this sounds pretty cool, I'll be honest here - I can't wait until Boyle is finished with this little bit of James Bond fun so he can get back to making more feature length movies. There aren't too many directors with such a distinctive style working in the industry today who can transition from genre to genre as easily as Danny Boyle, and I highly anticipate each movie he does just to see how successful he is in each new endeavor. Next up on his feature film plate, he's got the art heist film Trance, starring James McAvoy, Rosario Dawson, and Vincent Cassel due out in sometime in 2013.