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Good-humoured Queen insisted she had a speaking role in the London 2012 James Bond film

The Queen’s dressmaker, Angela Kelly, has revealed that Her Majesty insisted she had a speaking role in the world famous London 2012 James Bond film.

In her new book, Mrs Kelly says that it was the monarch herself who chose to say ‘good evening, Mr Bond’, in the sketch which saw Her Majesty jump out of a helicopter.

In extracts of Mrs Kelly’s new book published in Hello! magazine, the fashion designer said that she presented Danny Boyle’s plans to The Queen suggesting her involvement in the London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony alongside Private Secretary Edward Young.

In her upcoming book, Mrs Kelly writes: “There are few occasions on which Her Majesty will agree to break protocol, but in 2011 when film director Danny Boyle approached the Royal Household, he had a request to make that we simply could not refuse. 

“She was very amused by the idea and agreed immediately. I asked then if she would like a speaking part. Without hesitation, Her Majesty replied: ‘Of course I must say something. After all, he is coming to rescue me.’

“I asked whether she would like to say: ‘Good evening, James,’ or ‘Good evening, Mr Bond, and she chose the latter, knowing the Bond films. Within minutes, I was back in Edward’s office delivering the good news to Danny – I think he almost fell off his chair when I said that the Queen’s only stipulation was that she could deliver that iconic line: “Good evening, Mr Bond.”

The Other Side of the Coin: The Queen, the Dresser and the Wardrobe – will be published on October 29.