Olympic 'feel-good factor' over?

The creative director behind the opening ceremony for the London 2012 Olympics believes hard financial times have made it difficult for the spirit of the Games to last.

Danny Boyle believes people will return to their "private battles' now the Olympics are long gone. Credit: Reuters

Danny Boyle, who was praised for his work in masterminding the £27 million performance, said he felt the positive impact of the Games before they started and after they ended.

But he said the public will return to their "private battles", adding that it is "naive" to hope the optimism of the Games will continue.

The Oscar-winning movie director also told The Sun: "I think it would be naive to say it could last."