Bond girl Queen back to business after Olympic acting debut

Queen Elizabeth meets members of the Great Britain team during a tour of the athletes village on Day 1 of the Olympic Games on Saturday. (Getty Images)

Now that Queen Elizabeth can cross 'go parachuting' and 'being a Bond girl' off her bucket list, she can get back to the business of shaking hands and spreading good cheer.

2012-07-28T131702Z_01_-LON703_RTRMDNP_3_OLY-QUEEN-DAY1The monarch, with not much shuteye after Friday's Olympic Games opening ceremony, was back to business Saturday, touring Olympic Park and meeting athletes.

Dressed in blue and wearing a brooch she has had since 1948 when London last hosted the Games, the Queen and Prince Philip strolled through the athletes village, visited the Aquatic Centre and took a ride to the top of the 115-metre tall Orbit tower next to the main Olympic stadium.

Not quite as thrilling as the skydiving ride down into the stadium by her double (Gary Connery, below right photo) for the humorous Bond sequence at the Games, but good enough for the 86-year-old.

The Palace said the Queen was "very happy" to take part in the mock action film that caught the audience by surprise. It was revealed that the Queen was first approached with idea for the mini-movie in 2011, "delighted to be asked to be involved in something so exceptional."

The scenes were filmed in March and April and even included three of the Queen's corgies, Monty, Holly and Willow. A double -- Julia McKenzie, who played Miss Marple on British TV -- was used for the Queen inside the helicopter.

512611946The Queen was still basking in movie debut on Saturday. “You don’t have to tell her something twice," said director Danny Boyle. "She picks it up straight away, about cameras and angles. “She and (007 actor Daniel Craig) got on very well. She is a good actor. And she was very gracious in giving us access really.”

Is this the start of a new career? Hardly. A royal aide told the Telegraph the acting job will be "a one-off."

The Queen, along with the rest of the Royal Family, will be familiar fixtures in the audience at the Games. Prince Charles took in the men's cycling racing and badminton on Saturday. Prince William will be out to cheer on his cousin Zara Phillips on Sunday in equestrian dressage, the first of the three-day eventing competition. His wife Kate will be joining him there on Monday.

Queen Elizabeth speaks with London Mayor Boris Johnson as they stand at the top of the Orbit during her visit to Olympic Park on Saturday. (Reuters)

Queen Elizabeth stands with London Mayor Boris Johnson in front of a curved mirror at the top of the Orbit. (Reuters)

Prince Philip talks talks to Jamaican sprinter Asafa Powell during a tour of the athletes village dining hall on Day 1 of the Olympics. (Getty Images)

Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall stand in front of participants of the men's road cycling race at The Mall on Day 1 of the Games. (Reuters)


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