Daniel Craig was “grumpy” on day of Olympic film shoot with The Queen

15:21 09 October 2012

Daniel Craig has admitted he was grumpy on the day he recorded a film with The Queen. File picture: Ian West/PA Wire

Daniel Craig has admitted he was grumpy on the day he recorded a film with The Queen. File picture: Ian West/PA Wire

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Daniel Craig has admitted he was “a bit grumpy” on the day he filmed a clip with the Queen for the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games.

The 44-year-old actor, who is about to be seen in his third James Bond film Skyfall, pre-recorded the short film with the 86-year-old monarch.

He said the Queen was “fun” and improvised some of her scene but that he wasn’t in such a good mood because it was his day off from filming Skyfall.

Craig said: “She was fun, incredibly game. We had a short space of time and I was a bit grumpy as it was my day off and suddenly I am at the Palace with the Queen at her private chamber.

“And she improvises a little bit. She was supposed to be sitting at the desk and she asked if she could write, so she pretended to write.”

The spoof saw Craig in character as Bond, arriving at Buckingham Palace in an iconic black cab. He entered a room to be greeted by the Queen with the words, “Good evening Mr Bond,” to which he replied: “Good evening Your Majesty”.

The clip concluded with both Criag and the royal appearing to parachute out of a helicopter over the Olympic Stadium in Stratford, which many viewers found amusing - but the British actor says the short film was never intended to be comical.

He added to the Daily Mirror newspaper: “It wasn’t supposed to be funny. It was supposed to be serious.

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