Queen, Bond and Bean ring in Games
Queen Elizabeth made her acting debut tonight as she joined James Bond in the spectacular Olympic Games opening ceremony.
In a scene filmed in advance and screened for the first time, Bond actor Daniel Craig arrives at Buckingham Palace in a dinner jacket, striding past the corgis towards the royal study.
“Good evening Mr Bond,” says the queen, before they leave together, apparently heading towards the Olympic Stadium in a helicopter.
Back in real time, to peels of laughter and delight from the crowd, “the queen” followed by “Bond”, parachuted from a helicopter towards the arena. Seconds later the real queen and Prince Philip received a standing ovation as they arrived.
Earlier Tour de France hero Bradley Wiggins rang the giant bell which marked the start of the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Wearing a yellow jersey Wiggins, who less than a week ago became the first British man to win the tour, was greeted with cheers at the Olympic Park.