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Olympics needs more pot-bellied monsters

Steve Bunce July 29, 2012
The opening ceremony left its mark © PA Photos
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We know that it was not Brenda, AKA Queen Elizabeth, jumping out of the helicopter. However, we do know it was two of her dogs used in the sequence and now we know that she asked for a picture with James Bond. Connery and Moore will be livid.

"Can I, Mr. Bond," she told Mary Peters, a 1972 gold medal winner. Hey, I never believed it either, but it is true. Sweet Dame Mary is her lieutenant here at the Games and has the Queen's ear.

She, that's the British Queen, also refused Danny Boyle's offer of using a body double. Hey, I would do my best to keep Helen Mirren as far away as possible from Prince Phillip!

She was, that's the British Queen, in two minds about the parachute jump and had her 'people' look at the possibility of actually doing it. Hey, she told Dame Mary this, I'm just a messenger. Anyway, I saw the 'Queen' jump from the ESPN studio opposite the VIP car park. I was there.

Nobody has any idea whether the Queen and James Bond did pose for a picture, presumably snapped on a bodyguard's phone. How does she get that? Text, email, Twitter, Facebook? It's an Olympic conundrum, much like tight-shorts in beach volleyball and the loss of tug-of-war as an event from the programme. There was also once rope climbing, which deserves a recall in my mind.

I feel that we need more fat men at the modern Olympics, men like the pot-bellied monsters of the weight-lifting and wrestling from the Sixties and Seventies. Thankfully, there are still some hefty lumps involved in the Winter Games and, as somebody pointed out to me, there are enough ropy-poly reporters wandering about.

"The opening ceremony was bonkers," Lord Coe told me today. That is not a name drop, I do have a bit of clout and can get to the top people. Seb also told me that Henry Cooper, the iconic British heavyweight, was looking forward to the Games before he died. We both agreed that Our 'Enry would have been an ideal minder for the Queen as she walked with Bond, the Corgis and a slight smile on her face to the helicopter. We can only dream.

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Steve Bunce has been ringside in Las Vegas over 50 times, he has been at five Olympics and has been writing about boxing for over 25 years for a variety of national newspapers in Britain, including four which folded! It is possible that his face and voice have appeared on over 60 channels worldwide in a variety of languages - his first novel The Fixer was published in 2010 to no acclaim; amazingly it has been shortlisted for Sports Book of the Year.