James Bond, Lord Coe and the Queen

Lord Coe’s book “Running My Life” has extracts published this week in the Times newspaper. I read a report by Andrew Hough of the Daily Telegraph on the matter. Particularly an extract about the Queen’s involvement in the opening ceremony of the Olympic games.

Millions around the world watched a four-and-a-half minutes film which began in Her Majesty’s private study in Buckingham Palace. She briefed 007 (Daniel Craig) on a secret Olympic mission. The Queen was then seen to leave the Palace with Bond and board a helicopter. The helicopter appeared above the Olympic park and we saw the “Queen” parachute out, on cue with her arrival at the stadium moments later. The real parachutists landed nearby. However it was such a closely kept secret that even Prince Charles and Princes William and Harry did not know about it. Prince Charles was seen to laugh rather nervously during the film and the Princes were heard shouting “Go Granny!”

The actual film was shot back in March 2012, when the Queen was preparing for her Diamond Jubilee and Skyfall the latest Bond film was nearing completion.


The 23rd 007 James Bond film is due to Premier on the 23rd October and is due out for general release on the 26th October. This will coincide with the 50th Anniversary of the series which began in 1962 with Dr. No.

The singer Adele has written and recorded the theme tune to Skyfall with Paul Epworth. and it is being played across the country in the run up to the film release.

A few years ago I read one of the Miss Moneypenny Diaries written by Kate Westbrook. A great set of stories which easily run along side the 007 films.

Then there is the Johnny English spoof and The Return of Johnny English, both with Rowen Atkinson, hilarious attempts to emulate the great 007.

For me I remember Christmas treat;  being allowed to stay up late to watch a James Bond film. The change in the actor playing the leading character has never bothered me because it’s all about the mysterious 007 rather than the man in the suit. Looking forward to seeing the film.