DANIEL Craig paid tribute to the “incomparable” Queen Elizabeth II after her death at the age of 96.
The Queen stole the show at the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympics when Daniel dressed as James Bond arrived at Buckingham Palace to accompany the monarch in a helicopter.
Her Majesty passed away peacefully yesterday at the age of 96 with her family by her side.
In a touching statement to the PA news agency, Daniel said he was “saddened” by the news as he paid tribute to the Queen.
The actor said: “I, like many, was deeply saddened by today’s news and my thoughts are with the royal family, those she loved and all those who loved her.”
Daniel added: “She leaves an incomparable legacy and we will miss her dearly.”
The sketch, which he shot with the Queen, was shown at the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
It featured the Queen and fictional spy 007 leaving Buckingham Palace by helicopter and parachuting into the stadium.
Her Majesty uttered the phrase “Good evening, Mr Bond” before her understudy was seen jumping out of a plane over the stadium in Stratford, before the Queen herself arrived to take her seat, with the Duke of Edinburgh at her side.
The scene became iconic and it was later revealed that the royal family was kept in the dark about the idea because the queen didn’t want them to know.
It turned out that the Queen insisted on saying the classic “Good evening, Mr. Bond.”
Her Majesty told the aides that the other option, Good Evening James, would not fit the spy movie franchise.
Royal Assistant Angela Kelly said Her Majesty was “very surprised” by film director Danny Boyle’s idea in 2011 and immediately agreed.
She added, “Then I asked if she would like to give a speech. Without hesitation, Her Majesty replied, “Of course, I have something to say. After all, he comes to rescue me.
“I asked if she wanted to say ‘Good evening James’ or ‘Good evening Mr Bond’ and she chose the latter, knowing the Bond films.”
Buckingham Palace confirmed yesterday’s news by announcing that the longest-reigning monarch in British history has died at the age of 96.
King Charles will address the nation today with his first speech since the death of his mother.
Charles III paid tribute yesterday, saying: “The death of my beloved Mother, Her Majesty the Queen, is a moment of greatest sadness for me and all members of my family.
“We deeply mourn the passing of the cherished Sovereign and beloved Mother. I know that her loss will be deeply felt throughout the country, the Realms and the Commonwealth, and to countless people around the world.
“In this period of mourning and change, my family and I will be comforted and supported by our knowledge of the respect and deep affection that the Queen enjoyed so widely.”
Buckingham Palace has confirmed that the period of mourning for the royal family will begin today and will last 7 days after the Queen’s funeral.
Buckingham Palace said in a statement: “Following the death of Her Majesty the Queen, His Majesty the King wishes that a period of royal mourning be observed from now until seven days after the Queen’s funeral.”