Queen Elizabeth gets film and television award, lauded for Bond girl role in Olympics

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Queen Elizabeth has been presented with an award by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts after her role as a bond girl alongside Daniel Craig during the Olympic opening ceremonies.

The Queen received a honouary Bafta, as the award is known, not just for her Bond girl performance, but more for her dedication to British film and television over her career.

In presenting The Queen with the award during a ceremony at Windsor Castle Thursday, Hollywood star Sir Kenneth Branagh refered to her “sensational appearance” at the London Olympic opening ceremony. “Several of my colleagues here tonight want you to know that, should you wish to venture further into the world of British film, that they have a number of scripts with them this evening,” he said.

The comments elicited a chuckle from The Queen.

John Willis, chairman of the British Academy Film and Television Awards, also joked that the queen’s performance at the Olympics made her the “most memorable Bond girl yet.”

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