The Queen joined Daniel Craig for an iconic skit during the London 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony
Daniel Craig has told how the Queen even improvised as he praised her acting skills in their James Bond skit for the London 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony.
The 007 actor said the royal was calmer than him as they performed for the famous sketch – and revealed he was tripping over her corgis running around Buckingham Palace.
Craig said: “The Olympics thing was one of those things where suddenly Danny Boyle was on set. Barbara (Broccoli) said to me ‘can you come and have a word with Danny?’
“And I sat in the room and he pitched this idea to me and I just went ‘You’re out of your mind, what are you talking about?’
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“He went ‘no, no, no, we’re doing it, we’re doing it’, we’re doing it.
“I was right in the middle of a scene and I kind of went ‘yeah, ok’ and then sort of walked off. And the next thing you know I’m literally on the way to Buckingham Palace in a tuxedo and we shoot it.
“And Her Majesty’s there, and Danny’s giving her notes. It’s kind of great – ‘Your Majesty, could you possibly erm…?’ And she’s improvising a bit.
“She literally kind of said ‘would you like me to pretend to be writing?’ And he’s like ‘yes, that’s great, that’s great’.
“So she sort of acted a bit. That was all her own stuff. It was amazing.
“She was great – calmer than me. My heart was going ‘dum, dum, dum, keep it together, keep it together’.
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“Literally there’s corgis tripping you up. There’s like five corgis.”
Speaking on The Zoe Ball Breakfast Show on Friday, he added: “If you put it in The Crown they’d think it was rubbish. They would be like ‘no, it’s not real’.
“I was rolling round with the corgis on the floor at one point in Buckingham Palace.”
*Craig’s latest 007 outing in No Time To Die comes out on Thursday.
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Daniel Craig says the Queen improvised during their 007 skit at the London 2012 Olympics