Daniel Craig and Pierce Brosnan joined the mournful chorus on Thursday as they assault the UK following the death of Queen Elizabeth. The James Bond actors, who both met the Queen on several occasions before her death, have made public statements.
“Like so many others, I was deeply saddened by today’s news and my thoughts are with the Royal Family, those they loved and all who loved them,” Craig told PA News Agency, via Yahoo. “She leaves an incomparable legacy and will be deeply missed.”
Brosnan, who played the fictional MI6 agent created by Ian Fleming from 1995 to 2002, posted a picture of Queen Elizabeth on Instagram. He portrayed the monarch at the 1961 premiere of “The Guns of Navarone” at London’s Odeon cinema in Leicester Square.
“Rest in peace, your majesty,” Brosnan captioned the post. “It was an honor to serve you.”
James Bond has long served as an institution in Britain, galvanizing people to cheer on a brave defender of the kingdom. Queen Elizabeth shook hands with Sean Connery at the premiere of “You Only Live Twice” in 1967, according to Town & Country.
Royals like the late Princess Diana and Prince Charles, who is now a monarch, attended many high-profile premieres of “Bond” from 1981 to 1989. Connery and Roger Moore, who played the character in 1973 to 1985, were knighted in 2000 and 2003 respectively.
While Brosnan met the Queen at the premiere of “Die Another Day” in 2002, Craig performed a stunt-laden skit with her at Buckingham Palace for the 2012 Olympics. He was made Honorary Commander of the Royal Navy in 2021 – and now holds the same title as Bond, himself.
“We were having our picture taken, and she just said, ‘Oh no, he’s the one not smiling,'” Craig told Stephen Colbert of filming the skit. “I was rolling on the floor with [her pet corgis] most of the time. I mean, they’re right there. I think they have their own footmen. They are very friendly.
Queen Elizabeth died Thursday at her Scottish residence in Balmoral. She was 96 years old.
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