Friday 22 September 2017

The Queen stars as a Bond girl

The Queen with IOC president Jacques Rogge during the London Olympic Games 2012 opening ceremony
The Queen with IOC president Jacques Rogge during the London Olympic Games 2012 opening ceremony

The Queen became a Bond girl as she made her debut acting role at the Olympics opening ceremony.

Billions watched worldwide as James Bond, played by actor Daniel Craig, was summoned to Buckingham Palace to accept his latest mission.

The MI6 spy emerged from a black cab and was welcomed into the palace by the Queen's corgis who trotted along beside him as he was shown into a drawing room to meet his new boss.

Bond stood to attention quietly for a few moments as the Queen remained head down, writing at her desk.

After a little prompting cough from 007, wearing black tie, the Queen turned around to acknowledge the world's most famous secret agent, saying: "Good evening, Mr Bond".

Loud applause filled the Olympic Stadium as fans cheered their delight.

In the months leading up to the Games it had been reported that Craig really had accepted a job On Her Majesty's Secret Service and that the Queen had filmed the sequence with him - but a question mark hung over whether it was true.

Then it appeared that the Queen climbed into a waiting helicopter with Bond to be flown off to the stadium where the pair parachuted into the grounds. The film had the pair apparently looking down on scenes of happy Londoners waving at them and celebrating - with a statue of Sir Winston Churchill coming to life and smiling up at them.

As the film neared its end the distant sound of an Agusta Westland AW139 helicopter became louder and louder in the stadium until the audience saw it hovering above. As the helicopter steadied Bond slid open the door and the Queen jumped out, followed by Bond.

Seconds later the 007 theme tune sounded around the stadium and the Union Flag opened up in front of the Royal Box to reveal the Queen. She was accompanied by a smiling Duke of Edinburgh and entered the stadium with IOC president Jacque Rogge. The Union Flag was then carried into the stadium and raised by representatives of the Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force.

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