Gold for Bond

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

She asked him into Buckingham Palace to film spectacular scenes as 007 for London’s sporting extravaganza. In the film, Craig, 44, arrives by Royal Appointment to be told his latest mission is to launch the Games.

Her Majesty may even make a cameo appearance but the Palace is keeping details a secret. A billion people watching on TV around the world will see Bond getting his instructions before he is taken by helicopter to parachute into the Olympic stadium in Stratford, east London.