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Olympics: Spirited Queen happy to play Bond girl

Published on Jul 30, 2012 6:00 AM
An actor dressed to resemble Britain's Queen Elizabeth II parachutes into the stadium during the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in London on July 27, 2012. -- PHOTO: AFP

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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