The world was stunned when Queen Elizabeth II passed away on Thursday at the age of 96 after seven decades of service to the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth realms.
As well as the title of monarch, she could also be given the nickname “Best Cameo Star” thanks to two very memorable skits over the last decade.
The Queen surprised royal fans when she appeared in a skit with Daniel Craig as James Bond and a skit with Paddington Bear in an opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympics earlier this year.
Frank Cottrell Boyce, who co-wrote both acts, recalled the Sovereign’s love of being in front of the camera.
Slumdog Millionaire filmmaker Danny Boyle directed the mini-play in 2012, and Cottrell-Boyce said the Queen was keen on a speaking role.
“On the day of shooting, she said to Danny Boyle, ‘I think I should have a line,'” he told the BBC on Friday via the Hollywood Reporter. “She got that. She didn’t have a line in the script.”
“Good evening Mister Bond,” she memorably said to Craig’s 007 as they strolled through Buckingham Palace.
Craig honored Her Majesty in a statement on Thursday. “I was, like so many, deeply saddened by today’s news and my thoughts are with the royal family, those who loved them and all those who loved them,” Craig said. “She leaves behind an incomparable legacy and will be deeply missed.”
As for the Paddington Bear clip, the Queen enjoyed tea and jam sandwiches with Britain’s favorite blue raincoat teddy bear.
“She had a lot more lines in the Paddington sketch, partly because it was a lot cheaper to film her than it was to film Paddington,” Cottrell-Boyce noted.
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“But she did it brilliantly and with obvious pleasure. And it wasn’t easy. Paddington isn’t actually there, so technically it’s an amazing performance and a brilliantly timed comic performance,” he added.
The bear video was filmed last June for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee – an event held to mark her seventieth jubilee.
Paddington paid a kind tribute to the Queen on Thursday. “Thanks ma’am for everything.”
Of the sweet two-minute sketch, Cottrell-Boyce also shared how happy she looked during filming. “She’s absolutely glowing at this moment,” he said.
He continued, “And you have to remember that that’s real acting that’s going on there. Paddington isn’t really in the room. She plays with an eye line and someone pretending to be Paddington. This is real acting. But I also think it’s true happiness.”
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