THE Queen insisted on having her picture taken with Daniel Craig during their Olympics taping, Danny Boyle has revealed.
Their legendary sequence — in which the Queen met the James Bond actor at Buckingham Palace before “jumping” out of a helicopter over the Olympic Stadium with him — was one of the highlights of last summer’s ceremony.
“She knew the jubilee, obviously in the same year, was gonna be very formal. And you have an instinct when you perform in public. You just have instincts. And I’m sure that was part of the instinct, ‘Let’s change it, make it different. I think she also must have known, because I was involved, that they were going to make it like a People’s Games… so there was a chance to take a risk with it.”
He added: “She wanted her staff to have a day out with a movie star. And so we did. Daniel Craig came and he’s a movie star! He’s James Bond! Everybody can get their picture taken.”