‘It was insensitive of them to ask me’: Danny Boyle insists he shouldn’t have been offered a knighthood for his 2012 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony
Danny Boyle has hit out at Buckingham Palace for offering him a knighthood after he masterminded the 2012 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony.
The director, 65, famously turned down the gong at the time, but has now gone one step further by insisting the offer was ‘insensitive’.
Speaking to Esquire, he said: ‘ I remember people saying, “Oh, you should accept it on behalf of [the Olympic volunteers]”. That sort of thing makes me vomit. It’s a way of separating yourself.’
Fuming: Danny Boyle has hit out at Buckingham Palace for offering him a knighthood after he masterminded the 2012 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony
He added: ‘It was insensitive of them to ask me, to be honest.’
Back in 2013, Danny said he turned down a knighthood because ‘it’s just not me’.
‘It’s just not me. I also thought it was wrong, actually,’ he told the Radio Times. ‘You can make these speeches about “this is everybody’s work, blah blah blah”.’
Iconic: The London 2012 Olympic Ceremony even featured a skit with the Queen and Daniel Craig, but while it may have got the royal seal of approval, Danny didn’t want a thanks
He continued: ‘And you’ve got to mean it, and I did mean it, and it is true, and it’s the only way you can carry on something like that: through the efforts of all the people. I don’t know whether I’ll ever get invited back to the Palace.’
He and his artistic team sent a ‘script’ to Buckingham Palace.
It was in the hope the Queen would agree to a surprise appearance in the much loved James Bond skit, which saw her accompanied to the Games by Britain’s top secret agent.
The unexpected scene was one of the quirky highlights of the ceremony.
He said: ‘Basically we thought there are two scenarios.
‘They’ll either agree, provided we do it with a good double (and we promised them that we’d either get a really good actor, a Helen Mirren-style actor, or we’d get a cracking double, so it wasn’t poking fun), or it will be a no.’
Hitting back: The director, 65, famously turned down the gong at the time, but has now gone one step further by insisting the offer was ‘insensitive’
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