Olympics: Spirited Queen happy to play Bond girl
Published on Jul 30, 2012 6:00 AM
LONDON (REUTERS) - 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.
In a brief, tongue-in-cheek film broadcast to a packed Olympic stadium late on Friday - as well as a massive worldwide television audience - Bond actor Daniel Craig entered Buckingham Palace wearing his trademark tuxedo.
After a pause, Her Majesty turns from her writing desk and says simply: 'Good evening, Mr Bond.' She uttered just four words, but they were seen as a highly personal touch from a monarch once seen as aloof.
'The queen was delighted to be asked, and be involved in something so exceptional,' a Buckingham Palace spokeswoman told Reuters on Saturday. 'Very pleased to take part, and it was our Olympics and the queen was delighted to be part of it.'
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