The Queen insisted on her 'Good evening Mr Bond' line in 2012 Olympics sketch

The Queen appearing in the 2012 sketch alongside 'James Bond' actor Daniel Craig. [Photo: BBC One]
The Queen appearing in the 2012 sketch alongside 'James Bond' actor Daniel Craig. [Photo: BBC One]

The Queen was the brains behind her comic appearance in the London 2012 Olympics ‘James Bond’ sketch, it has been revealed in a new book.

Who could forget Her Majesty’s cameo, where she interacted with actor Daniel Craig before skydiving from a helicopter (although unsurprisingly, the latter part was in fact acted by a stunt double).

Now, Angela Kelly – the Queen’s dresser – has revealed it was the 93-year-old monarch herself who decided she must utter the iconic line, “Good evening, Mr Bond”, in the sketch, which was directed by ‘Trainspotting’ director Danny Boyle.

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“[The Queen] was very amused by the idea [of her appearing in the sketch] and agreed immediately,” Kelly writes in her title ‘The Other Side of the Coin: The Queen, the Dresser and the Wardrobe’, which details her life as the Queen’s dressmaker.

“I asked then if she would like a speaking part. ‘Without hesitation, Her Majesty replied: “Of course I must say something. After all, he is coming to rescue me.’”

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The Queen, pictured here with Meghan Markle in June 2018, is said to have a great sense of humour. [Photo: Getty]

The revelation is featured in an extract of the title, published in Hello! magazine. ‘The Other Side of the Coin: The Queen, the Dresser and the Wardrobe’ is currently available to buy for £14 on the Amazon website.

Kelly adds: “I asked if she would like to say ‘Good evening, James’, or: ‘Good evening, Mr Bond’, and she chose the latter, knowing the Bond films. I think [Danny Boyle] almost fell off his chair when I said that the Queen’s only stipulation was that she could deliver that iconic line.”

Of course, we’ve long known our monarch has a good sense of humour.

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The Queen is said to keep up the royal Christmas tradition of novelty presents, an expert told the Yahoo UK’s ‘The Royal Box’ – she is said to have been amused by Meghan’s gift of a singing toy hamster.

In another interview of ‘The Royal Box’, Ingrid Seward, editor-in-chief of Majesty magazine, said the Queen is jovial when in familiar company, “telling funny stories” with wit and giving her close friends nicknames. The Queen has a “great sense of humour”, added the expert.