New Bond girl, The Queen, wows world

Last updated 14:50 28/07/2012
The Queen
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ANOTHER DAY AT THE OFFICE: A stunt double dressed as the Queen parachutes towards the Olympic stadium in London. Inset: The Queen put on a poker face as she arrived at the stadium.

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Queen Elizabeth II has made her acting debut as a Bond girl - and it was done in one take.

The 86-year-old monarch showed her sense of humour when she appeared as herself in a pre-recorded short film for the London Olympics opening ceremony with James Bond actor Daniel Craig. 

In the film, Craig arrived at her private study in Buckingham Palace, where she said "Good evening, Mr Bond'' before the pair boarded a helicopter.  Moments after the film ended stunt doubles of the pair parachuted into the Olympic Stadium.

The Telegraph newspaper quoted BBC's director of Drama Production, Nicholas Brown, as saying the Queen gave a professional performance and ''got it in one take".

Later, the Queen also officially declared the London Olympics open moments after midnight.

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