“Good evening, Mr. Bond.”
In 2012, the Queen shocked the world when she appeared in a mini James Bond movie directed by Danny Boyle that was played during the opening ceremony for the Summer Olympics in London – and now we know more about how that now-iconic sketch came to be!
Angela Kelly, the Queen’s long-time dresser and close confidante, revealed some key details about Her Majesty’s cameo in her new book, The Other Side of the Coin: The Queen, the Dresser and the Wardrobe. It has been written with the Queen’s blessing. Excerpts from it are being serialized in the new issue of HELLO! Canada, available now at newsstands across the country and on tablets and iPhones through Apple News.
Angela designed two peach and lace crystal dresses for the Queen to wear in the clip, in which she was rescued by Daniel Craig, who played the legendary action hero. If you’ll recall, James came to Buckingham Palace to pick up Her Majesty, who then “parachuted” into the Olympics venue. Of course, it wasn’t actually the Queen and Daniel dropping in on the stadium, but stunt actors instead. From there, Elizabeth II made a spectacular entrance, standing on the steps near her seat to thunderous applause.
You can watch the clip below if you need to refresh your memory:
Many people were surprised by the clip, which showed Her Majesty’s lovely sense of humour and dry wit – and she had just one requirement to take part, Angela revealed in her book. In 2011, Angela, Danny and the Queen’s Private Secretary Edward Young took part in a meeting about the idea. They pitched the cameo to Angela and Edward.
“Having listened to Danny’s plan, I asked him and Edward to give me five minutes so that I could ask the Queen,” Angela 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.”
Her Majesty was tickled pink by the idea, Angela wrote, “and agreed immediately,” but told her friend she wanted to do more than just be in the film and not say anything. She is the Queen, after all.
“I asked then if she would like a speaking part,” Angela wrote. “Without hesitation, Her Majesty replied: ‘Of course I must say something. After all, he is coming to rescue me.’”
“I asked whether she would like to say: ‘Good evening, James,’ or: ‘Good evening, Mr. Bond,’ and she chose the latter, knowing the Bond films,” Angela continued. “Within minutes, I was back in Edward’s office delivering the good news to Danny – I think he almost fell off his chair when I said that the Queen’s only stipulation was that she could deliver that iconic line.”
This isn’t Angela’s first book. She published Dressing the Queen: The Jubilee Wardrobe, in which she shared secrets behind the outfits she worked on to celebrate Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012, marking the monarch’s 60 th anniversary on the throne. In that book, she wrote about the two dresses used in the clip, and said what they were being used for was not even revealed to those who helped her make them.
“The Buckingham Palace dressmakers worked quietly for months, never having both dresses out of storage at the same time,” she wrote. “Even they didn’t know why two dresses were required for the same event.”
You can read more revelations from Angela Kelly in Issue 686 of HELLO! Canada, available now at newsstands across the country and on tablet and iPhone through Apple News!