Given that it was masterminded by filmmaker Danny Boyle, one shouldn’t have been surprised by the presence of a number of movie clips and icons throughout last night’s opening ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics. Clips from “A Matter Of Life And Death” and Boyle’s own “Trainspotting,” appearances from Mary Poppins and Voldemort were all in the mix (we’ll have a full review of the event up soon). But what would a British opening ceremony be without an appearance from the country’s most iconic character: James Bond himself.
In a specially shot clip (by Boyle himself, we believe — certainly judging by the shutter speed on the Corgis…), Bond, as played by Daniel Craig, comes to Buckingham Palace to personally escort Queen Elizabeth II to the ceremony, complete with a one-line cameo from the monarch herself — literally On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. The two travel by helicopter down to the Thames to the Olympic Stadium, where it appears as though both parachute out of a helicopter into the crowd. It was a spectacular and witty part of the ceremony, and fortunately for Bond fans, the clip’s made its way online, so you can watch it below.
But that wasn’t all for 007-watchers: during the U.S. airing of the ceremony on NBC, a new 30-second TV spot for the latest Bond film, Sam Mendes‘ “Skyfall,” premiered, and that’s come online too. Much of the footage has been seen before, but the closing seconds bring the clearest look yet at villain Silva, played by a blonde-wigged Javier Bardem, as well as a genuinely awesome money shot, as the back of a train is torn off, Bond narrowly avoiding his demise, only to calmly straighten his cufflinks. More than anything we’ve seen yet from the film, it makes us think that Mendes might have the character nailed. You can watch that clip below too. The film will open in the U.K. on October 26th, and in the U.S. on November 9th.