The Queen’s dressmaker has spilled the tea on how the monarch reacted to being asked whether she would make a cameo appearance alongside Daniel Craig’s James Bond for the 2012 Olympic Games.
In her book, The Other Side of the Coin: the Queen, the Dresser and the Wardrobe, Angela Kelly – who has dressed the Queen for 25 years – recalls the meeting with director Danny Boyle to discuss the idea in 2011.
“Having listened to Danny’s plan, I asked him and Edward to give me five minutes so that I could ask the Queen,” she wrote.
“I remember the look of shock on Danny’s face that I would be asking Her Majesty straight away, but there’s no point in waiting around with these things: if she said no, that would be the end of it.
“I ran upstairs and luckily the Queen was free. She was very amused by the idea and agreed immediately.”
Ms Kelly then asked the Queen if she would like a speaking part.
“Without hesitation, Her Majesty replied: ‘Of course I must say something. After all, he is coming to rescue me’.”
The Queen was then asked if she’d prefer to say “Good evening, James”, or “Good evening, Mr Bond”.
She chose the latter.
When Ms Kelly broke the good news to Boyle, she said he nearly “fell off his chair.”