Spirited Queen Elizabeth Happy to Play Bond Girl
Queen Elizabeth needed little persuading in making her film debut, appearing with the country’s most famous fictional spy James Bond during the London Olympic opening ceremony, organizers said on Saturday.
“The Queen was delighted to be asked, and be involved in something so exceptional,” a Buckingham Palace spokeswoman told Reuters.
“Very pleased to take part, and it was our Olympics and the Queen was delighted to be part of it.”
The 86-year-old monarch was also happy for two of her beloved corgis, Monty, 13, and Holly, nine, to play cameo roles.
The short pre-recorded clip, which showed 007 escorting the Queen to the stadium, revealed a self-deprecating side rarely seen by the public and gave a window into her well-reported sharp sense of humor.
The depiction of her derring-do arrival was a quirky moment in an eclectic ceremony on Friday.
The opening shot showed the Queen sitting at a writing table in Buckingham Palace, welcoming Bond, played by Daniel Craig.
“Good evening, Mr Bond,” she said, turning around in her chair, dressed in a pale peach outfit…
“She was very happy to take part, she was happy to do what she did,” the Buckingham Palace spokeswoman added.