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On Her Majesty’s Olympic service

"The Arrival" will show Craig arriving at the palace to get instructions from the Queen

HER MAJESTY AND HER TOP SPY. Britain's Queen Elizabeth (L) meets actor Daniel Craig (R) during the world premiere of the James Bond movie "Casino Royale" 14 November 2006 at the Odeon cinema in Leicester Square, London. The Sun newspaper reported Craig, as Bond, has been shooting scenes at Buckingham Palace as part of the opening ceremonies of the 2012 Olympic Games, to be held in London. AFP PHOTO/POOL/Stephen Hird

MANILA, Philippines – He’s back on Her Majesty’s Secret Service – and his latest assignment: to open the 2012 Olympics.

Daniel Craig, who plays the iconic British spy, was reportedly filming inside Buckingham Palace in London for a short film that will be part of the opening ceremonies of the Olympic Games on July 27, The Sun newspaper reported Sunday.

The film is being directed by award-winning director Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire), who is also the ceremonies’ creative director, and is being shot reportedly at the request of Her Majesty The Queen herself, in her private chambers.

The short film, titled “The Arrival,” will reportedly show Craig, as Bond, arriving at the palace to get instructions from the Queen, after which he will go to the Olympic Stadium on a helicopter. He will then parachute into the stadium, live.

It is not yet confirmed if the Queen, who is celebrating her Diamond Jubilee on the throne, will participate in the filming.

Details of the filming are being kept under wraps, with crew under strict instructions not to disclose information on the shoot.

“They wanted the most iconic British film character inside the building most associated with London and with the monarch – and they got it,” the Sun’s source said.

MGM, who handles the Bond franchise, had no comment, reported Reuters. Buckingham Palace also would not comment on the filming.

Meanwhile, the next Bond movie, “Skyfall,” will be released in November. – Rappler.com

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