Boyle: Queen volunteered for Olympics Bond spoof

Queen Elizabeth II needed no convincing to appear in a James

Bond-themed skit during the opening ceremony of the London Olympics

– in fact, she volunteered, according to the show’s director.

Director Danny Boyle says he had initially thought a lookalike –

possibly actress Helen Mirren – would play the role of Elizabeth

alongside Bond actor Daniel Craig.

He tells ITV’s Jonathan Ross in an interview to air Saturday

night that when he sought permission from officials to film the

skit he heard back that not only was the video a go, but the

monarch herself wanted to be in it.

Boyle says that when filming began, the queen asked him if he

thought she should have a line, to which he replied ”O.K., what do

you suggest?”

”She said `I’ll do something’ and we started shooting and she

turned round and she said her lines beautifully,” he said,

according to excerpts of the interview released in advance.

The queen’s star turn in the skit was considered one of the

highlights of the opening ceremony last year.

In the skit, a tuxedo-clad 007 strides into Buckingham Palace to

escort his VIP guest to the Olympic ceremony. In her acting debut,

Elizabeth swivels around in her desk chair to face the legendary

spy and declares: ”Good evening, Mr. Bond.”

Two of the queen’s corgi dogs also appeared in the clip.