Daniel Craig Opening London 2012 Olympics, April Fool’s Day Pranks

01 Apr

Daniel Craig – after a personal invitation from The Queen it seems that James Bond will now open the 2012 London Olympics.

Craig is to star in a short film which will feature him as the iconic secret agent arriving at Buckingham Palace to be told his latest mission is to launch the Olympics. He is then taken by helicopter to the main Olympic Stadium in London where he parachutes into the middle of the waiting crowd.

The Queen had to personally sanction the filming inside the royal palace and it is thought that she may even be making an appearance herself in the short feature. Film director Danny Boyle is closely involved with the movie and is said to be thrilled that they have landed both the Buckingham Palace location and also the services of 007. Boyle is best known for his work on such films as Slumdog Millionaire and Trainspotting and was confirmed as the artistic director of the 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony in June 2010.

Scenes for the movie are thought to have been shot in The Queen’s private rooms at Buckingham Palace last week and all of the film crew were banned from taking personal cameras and mobiles on set. They were also told not to release any details of the filming ahead of the ceremony on 27 July this year.

It is a good meeting for the Bond and The Queen as she celebrates her Diamond Jubilee this year and he is celebrating 50 years of being in the movies.

The Queen is not the only royal Bond fan as her grandson Prince Harry looked round an exhibition of James Bond memorabilia in Brazil last month.

April Fool’s Day – the tradition of playing pranks on people today goes way back in time with the first recorded mention in the UK being in Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales in 1392.

There have been the usual crop of April Fool’s turning up in today’s newspapers including an article in The Mail on Sunday on a proposed tax on chilling champagne as a response to anger at the “pasty tax.” The Sun ran an article on the launch of a new perfume from Arsenal which smells of Emirates Stadium. Purchasers are promised that it has “a whiff of oils in the players’ massage area, the fresh-cut pitch and leather from boss Arsene Wenger’s dugout seat.”

There are also plenty of web-based pranks around today with some of the best being:

Google issuing an 8 bit version of Google Maps as an homage to the 8 bit Nintendo Entertainment System. This available by going to Google Maps today and having picked any view you have the option of clicking the “Quest” button and seeing your view in nice nostalgic blocky graphics.

YouTube have announced the issue of an offline version of their video collection with 175 trucks full of videos being sent to your home when you sign up for the service.

Chrome has a new “multitask mode” available today where users can use as many mice as they are able to connect to their computer. They say this will let Chrome users: “Play a game while you design a presentation. Purchase land while you meet the love of your life.”

It is not only the UK that uses 01 April as a day to have fun as there is a tradition in a number of other countries including France which knows the day as poisson d’avril (April fool, literally “April fish”). In a similar vein the day is known in Italy as Pesce d’Aprile . There is a tradition in many of these European countries of trying to attach a paper fish to someone’s back without them noticing.

One of the most famous April Fool’s Day tricks originated in Sweden back in 1962 when the only Swedish tv channel broadcast in black & white and the news programme showed an expert advising that viewers could receive colour pictures by covering the screen with a nylon stocking. Many thousands of people were fooled and the tv station was swamped with phone calls.

The most famous UK April Fool’s Day hoax was on BBC in 1957 when Panorama reported on the Swiss spaghetti harvest. They broadcast pictures of Swiss farm workers taking down the crop from spaghetti trees. When they received many calls asking for details of growing their own spaghetti the BBC replied: “place a sprig of spaghetti in a tin of tomato sauce and hope for the best.”

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