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' Olympic Games. He and his artistic team sent a 'script' to Buckingham Palace in the hope Queen would agree to a surprise appearance” class=”blkBorder” /> 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 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.

Danny Boyle on turning down a knighthood and how he persuaded the Queen to join in the Olympic fun

'I almost quit Olympics over rooftop missiles': Danny Boyle's outrage over decision to mount weapons on East London towerblocks and how he persuaded the Queen to join in the fun , he was most famous for directing Ewan McGregor as a heroin addict in Trainspotting and for Slumdog Millionaire winning eight Oscars. After the opening ceremony of the Olympic games, though, the people of Britain unanimously awarded him a gold medal. In this, his first major interview since those heady days last summer when he made us proud to be British, Boyle reveals how he turned down a knighthood and how close he was to walking away from the opening ceremony