Exactly five years ago today, Queen Elizabeth and James Bond jumped out of a helicopter over the skies of London to officially mark the beginning of the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
The Queen made her acting debut at the age of 86 in a short film made for the Olympics Opening Ceremony. She welcomed Hollywood superstar Daniel Craig to Buckingham Palace.
Her Majesty greeted the James Bond actor with the famous words: “Good evening Mr. Bond”, and proceeded to walk towards the helicopter with her footman and corgis.
Although Her Majesty’s jump out of the helicopter was performed by a stunt person, still, it has gone down as one of the greatest moments in television history.
Queen Elizabeth’s short cameo in the London 2012 opening ceremony has been voted the nation’s favorite
The film was devised by Danny Boyle in the summer of 2011. Queen Elizabeth and Buckingham Palace officials enthusiastically agreed to take part in the stunt and the movie. In totality, filming took three hours and involved more than 130 people.
In totality, the film took three hours and involved more than 130 people. The Queen appears as herself. Her two corgis and her footman, Paul Whybrew, were also featured along with her.
Nicholas Brown, the BBC’s director of Drama Production, said: “She got it in one take. That’s what she does, and she does it very well. She is a professional.
“It was extraordinary to have the two [The Queen and Daniel Craig] together with the corgis and the schoolchildren. The Palace was terrific about the shoot, and we were fascinated and honored that the Queen was involved.”
It is rather fortunate that The Queen didn’t jump out of the helicopter herself, as the two actors who did never made it into the stadium and landed somewhere near Stratford Station.
One of the actors who jumped out of the plane, unfortunately, slammed into a mountain face first a year or so ago and died instantly while out skydiving.