Queen Leaping out Helicopter in Olympic Games Ceremony
The man who played The Queen leaping out of a helicopter in one of the most memorable moments of the Olympic Games' Opening Ceremony has told Sky News how the stunt took months to perfect. Gary Connery said he had carried out a number of test jumps at various airfields and over the Olympic Stadium before the main event that was watched by hundreds of millions around the world. Mr Connery, who landed on a nearby bridge, described the jump as "unsurpassable" and" absolutely stunning", adding he "thoroughly enjoyed dressing up as queenie". As he came down to earth, the real Queen then made her entrance alongside her husband Prince Philip as they were introduced to the crowd. The monarch had not only appeared in her role as head of state of the host nation for the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games, but also starred in the show. The Olympic Stadium erupted with cheers and applause as Her Majesty arrived in spectacular fashion, seeming to jump out of the aircraft with James Bond in film footage shown to the audience. It showed 007 (Daniel Craig) walking into Buckingham Palace in a dinner jacket, striding past corgis to pick up the Queen, who was sitting at her writing desk and simply said "good evening, Mr Bond", before the pair walked off through the palace. The two then boarded a helicopter which flew across London to the stadium, hovering above as they parachuted down to the ground. But at the last moment the head of state - in the same peach cocktail dress seen in <b>...</b>
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