The London Olympics may be winding down, but this has been a games rich with intrigue and suspense. As the slightly more private intrigue and suspense taking place in the athlete's village heats up, it's time to look back at some of the athletic — and cinematic — achievements that wowed us these past weeks. For some of these moments, a 10-minute Bob Costas TV segment simply isn't enough — only a feature film will do! With that in mind, here are five Olympics 2012 stories that, with a little positioning from Hollywood's ace screen (re)writers, could become the next big popcorn blockbuster.
If Queen Elizabeth ever tires of the throne, she has a future in acting. Filmmaker Danny Boyle, who directed an inspired and beautifully surreal opening ceremony for the XXX Olympiad in London, told NBC's Meredith Vieira that the Royal was "a good actor" for her pre-recorded segment with current James Bond Daniel Craig. more »
Well. Orchestrating a luminous, fiery 2012 Summer Olympics Opening Ceremony celebration that somehow managed to combine film, music, live theater, dance, the Beatles, a giant baby, flying men on freaking jetpacks, Mr. Bean, James Bond AND The Queen, Danny Boyle set the world abuzz with his tribute to British culture. While Olympics-watchers process the epic Brit-centric extravaganza, we've got good looks at 9 beautifully bizarre moments from the Opening Ceremony. Dive right in to Movieline's Olympics gallery and revel in the Boyletastic theatrics. Your move, Brazil '16.
Daniel Craig was at Her Majesty's Service for the opening ceremony of the London Olympics. The James Bond franchise's latest 007 appeared with Queen Elizabeth and her Corgis in a pre-recorded skit that had the secret agent and the queen meeting in Buckingham Palace. more »
Cue John Williams' "Olympic Fanfare and Theme" — or if you don't want to be reminded of Ewoks, the Clash's "London Calling." The 2012 Summer Games officially begin tonight with a Danny Boyle-directed opening ceremony that, according to ABC News, will include a reference to James Bond and 120 farm animals. The spectacle won't end there. Unless this year's games totally suck, the next two weeks will be rife with emotional movie-worthy moments of victory, defeat and the U.S. Women's Volleyball team's hot bikinis.