Queen Elizabeth kept the James Bond Olympics a secret from the royal family

Ten years ago, Queen Elizabeth II and Daniel Craig enjoyed one of the most memorable Olympic moments ever at the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Games, and the Queen’s family won’t had no idea she was going to be part of it.

To commemorate the 10th anniversary of the London Olympics, BBC 4’s ‘Reunion’ spoke to several members of the production team behind the opening ceremony, which included a video package commemorating the series’ 50th anniversary. James Bond movies. In it, Craig, playing Bond, escorts the Queen to a helicopter to perform a base jump over the London Stadium.

“The Queen never told her family she was doing it. It was one of the stipulations, that she agree to be part of it,” production manager Sam Hunter told the BBC. So if you actually see when she arrives and takes her place, you can see her family say, ‘Ah, nice.'”

Oscar-nominated filmmaker Stephen Daldry, who was executive producer of the opening ceremony, said that to honor the Queen’s request to keep her family in the dark, the production team had to keep their attendance a secret even from some members of Prime Minister David Cameron. cabinet, some of whom had regular contact with Buckingham Palace.

“What was difficult was that you didn’t really want to say much to Cabinet because you didn’t know how safe they were,” he said.

The London Opening Ceremony was watched by more than a billion people worldwide and set records for the most-watched Olympics Opening Ceremony in the UK and US. Watch Queen Elizabeth II and Daniel Craig’s big moment here.

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