Skydivers parachute into the Olympic Stadium as part of a short James Bond film featuring Daniel Craig and The Queen during the opening ceremony of the 2012 London Olympic Games. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
Stars are all about the shock factor, but in 2012, a couple
of the boldest-faced names left the world truly open-mouthed
Bond saves the Queen
In her 60 years on the throne, Queen Elizabeth II has never
been mistaken for a Bond girl - until London's Summer
During the opening ceremony, dashing Daniel Craig, dressed as
James Bond, strode into a Buckingham Palace room to find
sitting at a desk - the Queen! "Good evening, Mr. Bond," she
said, smiling slightly.
The odd couple boarded a helicopter in the back garden and
headed for Olympic Stadium. As the chopper hovered over the
stadium, the "Queen" - actually a double in the same dress -
parachuted down. Then the real Queen arrived more, well,
regally, to roars of applause.
Clint steals the convention
A Hollywood royal made a little mischief this summer, too.
Clint Eastwood turned up at the Republican National
Convention in Tampa in August to give what was supposed to be
a five-minute speech blessing GOP presidential candidate Mitt
Romney. But no-one imagined he could be incoherent.
And not funny.
The Oscar winner delivered a rambling 12-minute monologue
directed toward an empty chair meant to represent President
Obama. Instantly, reporters pronounced the moment the
weirdest ever in convention history, and Twitter lit up. Film
critic Roger Ebert tweeted: "Clint, my hero, is coming across
as sad and pathetic."
Obama's team tweeted a picture of the back of a chair with
the back of Obama's head above it and the line, "This seat is
Romney later said he laughed at the performance. Eastwood
seemed to brush the whole thing off, telling USA TODAY: "It
was just a private-life deal that came over me at the last
Anne Hathaway skips the underwear
Taking quite a departure from her cheery, good-girl image,
the Golden Globe-nominated actress vamped it up on the red
carpet at the New York premiere of Les Miserables in a fitted
black Tom Ford gown, which she wore with a pair of complex,
over-the-knee (and over-the-top) bondage-inspired boots, also
But Hathaway's night got off to an, um, interesting start,
when photographers snapped her bare crotch as she got out of
the car. Oops!