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Stars are all about the shock factor, but in 2012, a couple of the boldest-faced names left the world truly open-mouthed and gob-smacked.
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 Olympics.
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 taken."
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 minute."
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 by Ford.
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!