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That Time Queen Elizabeth Made a Hilarious Joke About Daniel Craig

(Photo Credit: Rich Fury/ Getty Images and Max Mumby/ Indigo/ Getty Images)
(Photo Credit: Rich Fury/ Getty Images and Max Mumby/ Indigo/ Getty Images)

Queen Elizabeth II was a hilarious person. According to James Bond actor Daniel Craig, the Queen loved to crack jokes in private.

The No Time to Die actor appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert in early 2022. At one point, the talk show host decided to ask Craig what Queen Elizabeth II was like behind closed doors.

Daniel Craig, of course, first met the Queen in 2012 when he and the monarch did a skit for the London Olympics opening ceremony. This past New Year, Craig also received a Companion of the Order of St. Michael and St. George for his services to film and theater. This was the same honor that James Bond had received in the movies.

Daniel Craig meets Queen Elizabeth at the premiere of Casino Royale
Queen Elizabeth ll shakes hands with Daniel Craig at the Royal Premiere for the 21st Bond film ‘Casino Royale’ at the Odeon Leicester Square on November 14, 2006 in London, England. (Photo Credit: Anwar Hussein/ Getty Images)

During the Late Show, Colbert asked Craig, “I understand that you may not be able to answer this question, but I’m gonna ask anyway: What’s she like in private?”

Craig had an answer that certainly surprised us. He said that the Queen was “very funny. Wants to crack a joke, and cracked a joke about me. We’re having our photographs taken and she just went, ‘Oh no, he’s the one that doesn’t smile.’ Fair enough!”

Colbert then asked Craig what the Queen’s corgis are like in private, to which Craig revealed that the dogs were very friendly, and added that he was “rolling around on the floor” with the Queen’s pets.

The 2012 Olympic skit featured Daniel Craig as James Bond accompanying Queen Elizabeth from Buckingham Palace to the Olympic Stadium. According to Queen Elizabeth’s royal dresser, when the Queen was asked about the skit, she was “very amused” and immediately agreed to participate, so long as she had a speaking part. In the skit, played during the Opening Ceremonies, Queen Elizabeth delivers the iconic line, “Good evening, Mr. Bond.”

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Perhaps we shouldn’t be all that shocked that Queen Elizabeth was a jokester. After all, there are many photographs of the Queen and her late husband, Prince Philip, cracking up throughout their marriage. She also famously photobombed an Australian hockey player’s selfie in 2014 during the Commonwealth Games.

Madeline Hiltz

Maddy Hiltz is someone who loves all things history. She received her Bachelors of Arts in history and her Master’s of Arts degree in history both from the University of Western Ontario in Canada. Her thesis examined menstrual education in Victorian England. She is passionate about Princess Diana, the Titanic, the Romanovs, and Egypt amongst other things.

In her spare time, Maddy loves playing volleyball, running, walking, and biking, although when she wants to be lazy she loves to read a good thriller. She loves spending quality time with her friends, family, and puppy Luna!