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Danny Boyle Directing A James Bond Short Film With Daniel Craig For The London Olympics

I would love to see Danny Boyle tackle a feature length James Bond film. Sure, he doesn't have much experience in the action genre, but over the course of his career he has shown that he has never afraid of trying something new, be it the bloody horror of 28 Days Later, the trapped-in-one-location thriller 127 Hours, or the Bollywood-inspired, Oscar-winning phenom Slumdog Millionaire. But while we may never get to see Boyle take on a full 007 adventure, at the very least we will get a preview of what that could look like.

As part of the 2012 Olympic Games, which will be held this summer in London, Boyle will be making a short film starring Daniel Craig in character as James Bond. The whole thing was started when Craig was invited to Buckingham Palace and met Queen Elizabeth, and was asked to shoot an intro for the games. Titled The Arrival, the short will feature Bond going to the palace and receiving a mission to open the games, followed by a sequence where he takes a helicopter to Olympic stadium and parachutes in. The Sun broke the news, but what is unknown at this time is if the Queen herself will be making an appearance in the movie. Boyle recently completed production on his latest feature, an art heist film called Trance, but he won't be starting the post-production process until after the Olympic games are over.

This makes all kinds of sense. In the world of pop culture, few icons are as associated with England as James Bond, so it's only right that they include him in the Olympics. Hopefully it will serve as a nice taste before we get to experience Skyfall in November.

Eric Eisenberg

NJ native who calls LA home; lives in a Dreamatorium. A decade-plus CinemaBlend veteran; endlessly enthusiastic about the career he’s dreamt of since seventh grade.