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James Bond Is Going to the Olympics

British actor Daniel Craig poses for photographers at a photocall to announce the start of production of the 23rd film in the James Bond series; 'Skyfall', in central London on November 3, 2011. The film sees Craig return to the role in his third outing as the spy hero and will be directed by Academy Award winner Sam Mendes.  Production begins on November 7 with worldwide release scheduled for October 26, 2012. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)

What if Danny Boyle directed a James Bond film? The auteur behind Trainspotting and 127 Hours may be too much for the staid gatekeepers of the franchise, but at least they've entrusted the character to Boyle for a short film meant to kick off the Olympics. The Sun reports that Boyle helmed a short film this past week, shot at Buckingham Palace, where Daniel Craig as Bond received orders from the Queen herself, then exits via helicopter before parachuting into the Olympic Stadium. Good show, Mr. Bond ... now pardon us, we need to test that martini for evidence of juicing.

Photo: LEON NEAL/2011 AFP