Queen Elizabeth, also now being called the ‘Bond Girl’, dropped down by parachute, into the Olympic Stadium to open the London Olympics 2012.
Queen Elizabeth starred alongside Daniel Craig in the short Bond clip that was showed to the one billion of viewers watching the London Olympics 2012 Opening Ceremony.
The short clip showed Daniel Craig walking through Buckingham Palace to assist the Queen to the Ceremony. As Daniel Craig approached Queen Elizabeth’s desk, many people expected an actress to play the Queen, but a gasp rippled throughout the stadium as the real Queen Elizabeth turned around at her desk and said ‘Good evening, Mr Bond.’
Daniel Craig then climbed into a helicopter with Queen Elizabeth and flew her to the Olympic Stadium. As they hovered about the stadium two stunt doubles parachuted out of the helicopter. As they jumped out the chopper, they were met by a thunderous noise of cheering and applauding and flashes of cameras.
A few moments later the Queen walked out into the stadium to her seats, followed by her husband Prince Philip.
Queen Elizabeth stated the act as ‘a bit of a laugh’, whilst the Guardian called it ‘one of the highlights of Danny Boyles tumultuously inventive opening ceremony of the 2012 games.’ In an interview Danny Boyles branded the Queen a ‘natural’ and told how she got the clip all ‘in one shot’.
The Queen sat and viewed the Olympic ceremony alongside Prince Philip, Prince Charles and Princess Camilla. Also present was Prince William, Prince Harry and the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton; the three royals are the London 2012 Olympic ambassadors; they help to represent the young people of Britain.
Drawing to a close to the four hour long British celebration, the Queen said 15 simple words to mark the start of the Olympics: ‘I declare open the games of London, celebrating the 30th Olympiad of the modern era.’
The Olympics have come at a great time for the Royal family and the rest of Britain as the Diamond Jubilee tour came to a close a few days ago. The Queen travelled all over the United Kingdom, making 83 public appearances as part of her celebrating her 60 years of reign.
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