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Monday 28 July 2014

Boyle feared opening ceremony rain

Danny Boyle was creative director of the London Olympics' opening ceremony

There was only one moment when Danny Boyle looked under pressure during last year's build-up to the London Olympics opening ceremony - when it started to rain, Lord Coe has revealed.

Filmmaker Boyle referenced everything from the NHS and the industrial revolution to the British countryside at the ceremony, which will go head-to-head with Strictly Come Dancing and The Great British Bake Off at the TV Baftas.

London 2012 chairman Lord Coe told the Radio Times: "The only time I saw Danny under pressure was when it started raining 10 minutes before the opening ceremony started.

"We both looked at each other; we didn't even want to say it. Mercifully, the rain only lasted eight minutes. It was the final character test."

Trainspotting director Boyle has previously told how he believed that one reason the Queen agreed to make a cameo appearance was so that her staff could meet James Bond star Daniel Craig.

He told the magazine: "She wanted her staff to have a day out with a movie star. And so we did! Daniel came, and he's a movie star! He's James Bond! Everybody can get their picture taken..."

Asked whether the Queen got her photograph taken with Craig, he laughed: "Absolutely! Yeah! But she was very, very keen and insistent that her staff did as well.

"I liked that about her very much. You thought, yeah, that's decent, looking after them like that. And we had a lovely afternoon filming with the two of them."

He told the magazine: "She knew the Jubilee, obviously in the same year, was gonna be very formal. And you have an instinct when you perform in public. You just have instincts. And I'm sure that was part of the instinct: 'Let's change it, make it different.'"

Boyle insisted that he did not think twice about taking on the high-pressure job, although there were "down days" over the controversy surrounding some of the corporate backers of the Games.

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