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Queen Elizabeth II is known for her sense of humor, so it’s no surprise that she was willing to participate in a comedic sketch with James Bond himself as part of the 2012 Olympic Summer Games Opening Ceremonies.
In the video, Bond — played by Daniel Craig — arrives at Buckingham Palace to escort the queen to the Opening Ceremony. Naturally, she makes him wait while she finishes writing a letter. The pair then head off to a waiting helicopter with the queen’s beloved Corgis in tow. Once inside, they fly over London and arrive at the stadium — and the queen promptly skydives off the chopper to make her big arrival at the Games.
Pretty cute. Also, she looks pretty damn good for being 86 years old, just saying.
Apparently the whole thing was the queen’s idea too, according to the U.K. Sun — she even personally extended an invitation to Craig. It doesn’t hurt that he has a new bond movie — Skyfall — to promote along with it. Product placement at its finest.
The 2012 Opening Ceremonies was a spectacular affair directed by Slumdog Millionaire creator Danny Boyle and included countless references to Britain-born pop culture, including a performance from Sir Paul McCartney and Rowan Atkinson’s Mr. Bean. The gritty ceremonies also included elaborate nods to Britain’s rich history with references to British fairy tales — and actor Kenneth Branagh even recited lines from William Shakespeare’s The Tempest.
Also, David Beckham arrived in a speedboat.
The Opening Ceremonies might have lacked the methodical perfection of the 2008 Beijing Ceremonies, but it was perfectly imperfect — and we wouldn’t have wanted it any other way.
Boyle seemed happy with the outcome too, tweeting “proud to be British” as the Ceremonies winded down.
Let the Games begin!