Daniel Craig Remembers Queen Elizabeth’s ‘Funny’ Spirit And ‘Incomparable Legacy’

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By Melissa Romualdi.

Daniel Craig paid tribute to Queen Elizabeth during an interview at the 2022 Toronto International Film Festival.

While speaking with the BBC, the English actor said of Her Majesty: “What an incredible thing. We will not see the likes of her ever again.

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“To be alive during her reign is something else. [I’m] very saddened, so I suppose good luck to Charles, really,” he added.

Craig had the honour of working with the Monarch while filming a scene together for the London 2012 Olympic Games. The comedy sketch, directed by Danny Boyle for the opening ceremony, saw a more spirited side to the Queen when Craig called Buckingham Palace to summon the royal to the Olympics.

At the time, Craig revealed that the sketch “wasn’t supposed to be funny. It was supposed to be serious.

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“She was fun, incredibly game. We had a short space of time and I was a bit grumpy as it was my day off and suddenly I am at the Palace with the Queen at her private chamber,” he continued.

Craig explained that she even improvised the scene.

“She was supposed to be sitting at the desk and she asked if she could write, so she pretended to write,” he previously said.

On Sept. 7, a day before the Queen’s death, the “Skyfall” star appeared on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” and recalled meeting the beloved royal, who was “very funny.”

On that day 10 years ago, Craig could tell that the Queen wanted to “crack a joke” but didn’t know it would be about him.

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“We were having our photographs taken and she just went, ‘Oh no, he’s the one that doesn’t smile. Fair enough!’” Craig told host Colbert.

The 54-year-old actor also remembered playing with the Queen’s beloved corgis, describing them as “friendly” dogs.

After news broke of her death on Sept. 8, Craig issued a statement to the PA news agency that read: “I, like so many, was deeply saddened by the news today and my thoughts are with the royal family, those she loved and all those who loved her.

“She leaves an incomparable legacy and will be profoundly missed.”

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