Daniel Craig praises Queens acting skills during 007 skit at 2012 Olympics

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Daniel Craig has fondly reflected on his 007 themed skit with The Queen for London's 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony.

The British actor praised the royal's improvisation skills and remembered her being "calm" despite her lack of acting experience while he was consumed with nerves.

Speaking to The Mirror, the 53 year old recalled James Bond producer Barbara Broccoli pitching the idea of the skit to him and the "next thing I know I'm literally on the way to Buckingham Palace in a tuxedo, and we shoot it."

Daniel said he arrived to find director Danny Boyle giving notes to the Queen, who was keen on "improving a bit".


"She literally kind of said, 'would you like me to pretend to be writing?' And he's like 'yes, that's great, that's great,'" Daniel said.

"So she sort of acted a bit. That was all her own stuff. It was amazing.

"She was great – calmer than me. My heart was going 'dum, dum, dum, keep it together, keep it together.'"

After a long wait due to the coronavirus pandemic, No Time To Die will finally hit cinemas on Thursday, 30 September.

As well as Craig, the hotly anticipated movie will also feature the mysterious and electrifying villain Safin, who Rami Malek will play.

Other cast members include Lashana Lynch, Léa Seydoux, Naomie Harris and Ana de Armas.

During Daniel's promotional duties for his final take on the 007 agent, he insisted that a woman should not play the character in the next film in the series.

"There should simply be better parts for women and actors of colour," he told Radio Times.

"Why should a woman play James Bond when there should be a part just as good as James Bond, for a woman?" the star added.

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