Danny Boyle to Direct James Bond Short Film to Open 2012 Olympics

April 2, 2012
Source: The Sun

James Bond / 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.

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A British icon representing the London Olympics can't be a bad thing. I wonder how this will impact the movie's success outside of Britain?

Droopy on Apr 2, 2012


I'm game. I'll be impressed if they actually have Daniel Craig parachute in, less so if a stunt double parachutes into a box (or whatever) and Daniel Craig walks out.

Phillip Gockel on Apr 2, 2012


Fuck yeah.

Xerxexx on Apr 2, 2012


Danny Boyle should direct a full feature James Bond film. i hope that was the deal "Direct this short thing and then... you can direct the next one"

ryderup on Apr 2, 2012


And I hope it stars Benedict Cumberbatch - the new Bond

kitty on Apr 2, 2012


What is that from?  Sherlock?

JL on Apr 2, 2012


 The new Bond?  Didn't Daniel Craig just sign on for 5 more movies as Bond?

Jedi on Apr 3, 2012


Benedict as Bond...oh wait i get it, late April Fools.....

Jericho on Apr 3, 2012


I'm a huge fan of Danny, and with Sam mendes taking over the bond series im thinking we might see some of the best bond we've ever seen.

Jonathan on Apr 2, 2012



Jericho on Apr 2, 2012


The original Sun article was an April Fool's Joke. Just look at the obviously photoshopped picture of the queen and Craig.

Alex Katz on Apr 3, 2012

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