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Daniel Craig Says The Queen Cracked A Joke About Him When They Worked On The Olympics

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Daniel Craig Says The Queen Cracked A Joke About Him When They Worked On The Olympics

James Bond's Daniel Craig has revealed a joke the Queen made about his appearance when they worked together at the London Olympics.

On Wednesday, February 17, the No Time to Die actor took to Stephen Colbert's The Late Show, to discuss his last ever film as 007.

However, perhaps more importantly, it was Craig's revelation about his sketch in 2012 for the opening ceremony of the London Olympics, which he performed with the Queen, that caught people's attention.

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Daniel Craig with the Queen. (Alamy)
Daniel Craig with the Queen. (Alamy)

When questioned by the host as to what the Queen is like 'in private', Craig admitted that she's 'very funny', People reports.

The 007 star said: '[She] wants to crack a joke, and cracked a joke about me. We're having our photographs taken and she just went, 'Oh no, he's the one that doesn't smile.' Fair enough!'

And if that wasn't enough of a beautiful image already, then throw in Craig 'rolling around on the floor' with the Queen's beloved and apparently 'very friendly' corgis and your week will have been made.

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The 2012 sketch saw the Queen whisked away from Buckingham Palace by Craig in a parody of the Bond films.

You may have thought it was indeed Craig and the then-85-year-old monarch soaring above London on a helicopter and parachuting into the Olympics, but alas it was a pair of talented stunt doubles.

Marking her entrance to the Olympics, the Queen then popped up on the stairs to the VIP seats.

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The sketch was directed by Trainspotting's Danny Boyle, who allegedly had a 'look of shock' on his face when he realised that his plan for the sketch was getting told to the Queen so quickly.

In her 2019 release, The Other Side of the Coin: The Queen, the Dresser and the Wardrobe, the Queen's dresser and close confident Angela Kelly wrote: 'Having listened to Danny's plan, I asked him and Edward to give me five minutes so that I could ask the Queen. I remember the look of shock on Danny's face that I would be asking Her Majesty straight away, but there's no point in waiting around with these things: if she said no, that would be the end of it.'

However, the Queen reportedly was 'very amused by the idea and agreed immediately', even confirming that she wanted a speaking part, choosing to say 'Good evening, Mr. Bond,' over 'Good evening, James'.

Kelly concluded: 'Within minutes, I was back in Edward's office delivering the good news to Danny – I think he almost fell off his chair when I said that the Queen's only stipulation was that she could deliver that iconic line.'

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Featured Image Credit: Olympics/ YouTube/ Alamy

Topics: Celebrity, The Queen, Daniel Craig, James Bond

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