The Duchess of Cambridge was allegedly meant to be the original Bond girl in Danny Boyle's opening ceremony for the Olympics, but was later replaced by the Queen herself.
A source close to the event's director, Oscar-winning Danny Boyle, has said that he had imagined Kate being a spoof Bond girl, to star alongside Daniel Craig but it was actually the Queen, who thought it would be great to get involved.
According to Showbiz Spy, a source has said: “Danny Boyle had originally envisioned Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, as the ‘Bond Girl’ in the spoof."
“Kate was extremely excited and eager to take the part and Prince William thought it was a great idea. But, as with any public event involving the Royal Family, Boyle’s idea had to be approved by palace officials — and he was flabbergasted when word came back that The Queen herself wanted to star with Craig in the spoof, nixing Kate from the role!
“It was sad for the Duchess, but Boyle and his producers were delirious with joy.
“They’d never dreamed The Queen would want to snatch the star part from Kate to become, at age 86……the oldest ‘Bond’ girl yet!"
But while we loved the Queen's appearance at the Games, not everyone was a fan.
According to the Evening Standard, former Private Eye editor Richard Ingrams said it was inappropriate for HRH to get involved in such a manner.
"I think the Queen made a great mistake when she agreed to do that stunt with Daniel Craig," Ingrams said. "What can she and her advisers have been thinking of? It was very undignified for an 86-year-old woman."
He continued: "I noticed that when she appeared in the stadium she didn't look amused. Quite right, too. She'd been taken for a ride."
Meanwhile, Prince Harry has suggested that the whole Royal family were surprised to see what the Queen's involvement was, but they loved it.
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