Danny Boyle explains he turned down knighthood because he wouldn"t have felt right accepting individual award for Olympics opening ceremony

'It's just not me': Danny Boyle explains he turned down knighthood because he wouldn't have felt right accepting individual award for the Olympics opening ceremony Boyle, 56, was in line for New Year Honours list for highly praised spectacle He said a cast of thousands helped create it, so accepting 'didn't feel right'

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A performer playing the role of the Queen parachutes from a helicopter during the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games. He and his artistic team sent a 'script' to Buckingham Palace in the hope Queen would agree to a surprise appearance

The quintessentially British scenes saw the ceremony widely hailed a resounding success

The quintessentially British scenes saw the ceremony widely hailed a resounding success

Actors perform in a sequence to represent the National Health Service (NHS) during the ceremony

Actors perform in a sequence to represent the National Health Service (NHS) during the ceremony

Trainspotting, a film about Edinburgh junkies, was one of Boyle’s earliest big-screen hits.

He is hoping to get the cast – Ewan McGregor, Robert Carlyle, Jonny Lee Miller and Ewen Bremner – back together for the 20th anniversary.

He is working on a couple of scripts with Trainspotting screenwriter John Hodge, including a 'loose' first draft based on Irvine Welsh novel Porno, his sequel to Trainspotting.

Boyle said: 'I’d love that to happen at some point. To get them back, Likely Lads style, 20 years later, carrying that experience as people and as characters.

'If we can get the script right, I think they’ll do it. But we’ll see.'