Queen’s 2012 London Olympics stunt double ‘kicked girlfriend down the stairs’
The opening ceremony saw the Queen embark on a secret mission with James Bond, played by Daniel Craig in a hilarious spoof which was beamed across the world ten years ago on Wednesday.
Connery was dressed in a salmon dress similar to the one worn by the monarch during the event as he jumped from 800ft above the stadium, deploying his parachute at 500ft, with the real Queen entering the arena shortly afterwards.
Nicknamed Birdman of Henley after jumping out of an aeroplane without a parachute and landing on a pile of cardboard boxes, he spent months training in secret for the jump, landing on a nearby bridge.
The ceremony saw the Queen formally open the Games at the Olympic stadium in east London, which was widely praised as a “masterpiece” and “a love letter to Britain”.
An estimated worldwide television audience of 900 million, the most-viewed Olympic opening ceremony in both the UK and US, watched as the spoof film showed Daniel Craig as James Bond entering the front gate of Buckingham Palace in an iconic London black cab.
The Queen, playing herself, acknowledged the famous fictional spy with the words, “Good evening, Mr Bond” as he escorted her out of the building and into a helicopter which gave viewers an aerial tour across London taking in the Palace of Westminster with an animated Winston Churchill statue in Parliament Square, the London Eye, and St Paul’s Cathedral before passing through Tower Bridge accompanied by the Dambusters March.
The film finished with 007 and the Queen apparently jumping from a real helicopter live above the stadium, accompanied by the “James Bond Theme” as she and her late husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, were introduced to the stadium audience.