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Daniel Craig 'to open Olympics as Bond'

Daniel Craig is reportedly opening the 2012 Olympic Games ceremony after a personal invitation from Britain's Queen Elizabeth.

The James Bond actor has been asked to film scenes as the iconic agent in Buckingham Palace for the highly-anticipated sporting event later this year.

According to British newspaper The Sun, in the short movie - watched by billions - Daniel's Bond character will arrive by Royal Appointment to be told his latest mission is to launch the Games before being taken by helicopter to parachute into the Olympic stadium in East London.

Britain's Queen Elizabeth - who personally sanctioned the film - may even make a cameo appearance but royal sources are keeping details close to their chests.

Filmmaker Danny Boyle is creative director of the opening ceremony and is thrilled with making 007 a key part of the spectacle.

"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," an on-set source told the publication.

"It will be a magical scene for all watching at home and inside the stadium on July 27. Working out the logistics of filming has taken months and hasn't been easy - but it will be worth it in the end."

A Palace spokesperson added: "Buckingham Palace is involved in a number of filming projects during this special Jubilee year and we would not go into details of any particular project until nearer the time of transmission."

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