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Daniel Craig to open London Olympics

"James Bond" star Daniel Craig is all set to open the 2012 Olympic Games ceremony after a personal invitation from The Queen. The actor has reportedly filmed scenes inside Buckingham Palace for the ceremony.

other Updated: Apr 01, 2012 20:35 IST

"James Bond" star Daniel Craig is all set to open the 2012 Olympic Games ceremony after a personal invitation from The Queen.

The sporting extravaganza on July 27 will see a short film titled "The Arrival", where Queen Elizabeth may even make a cameo appearance, The Sun online reported.

Craig, 44, and a film crew headed by "Trainspotting" director Danny Boyle were given unprecedented access to The Queen's private rooms.

The Queen, who is celebrating her Diamond Jubilee this year, had to personally sanction the move which will give a glimpse inside the Buckingham Palace.

"It's a huge coup for BBC producers and Danny to be allowed into the Palace and have the Queen involved.

"They wanted the most iconic British film character inside the building most associated with London and with the monarch — and they got it. It will be a magical scene for all watching at home and inside the stadium on July 27," a source said.

Crew members were given strict instructions not to tell any members of the public what they were filming. Cameras and mobiles are banned on the set.