James Bond: Daniel Craig has filmed a hilarious new Comic Relief scene as 007

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When you think of Craig’s iconic turn as James Bond, hilarity is not what comes to mind. He has played the role with intense dedication but, perhaps, without the lighter touch of Roger Moore or Pierce Brosnan. However, the actor has thrown himself into a very special sketch that will be aired on Friday evening as part of Comic Relief Red Nose day. Scroll down for a first look at the secret agent finally meeting his match.

Comic Relief persuaded the 53-year-old star to film one last project as 007, although it will still be months before fans finally get to see his swansong in the role on the big screen.

No Time To Die has been repeatedly pushed back in the schedules due to the closure of cinemas during the pandemic. Bond 25 currently has a September 30 release date in the UK and October 8 in the US.

In the meantime, the sketch will show James Bond faced with Catherine Tate’s legendary foul-mouthed Nan, which might just be the toughest moment of his entire hair-raising and death-defying career. It’s certainly a far cry from his current entanglement on screen with Lea Seydoux’s Madeleine Swann.

In the Comic Relied skit, Nan gives 007 a dressing down on a video call while she is working as a cleaner at the Secret Intelligence Service’s HQ.

Bond pops up on the screen for a security briefing with his boss M, only to find the cantankerous OAP glaring at him in her own truly terrifying way.

Tate, herself, has spoken of her excitement creating the sketch with the Bond icon.

She said: “Nan had a right old time meeting Bond. What a smashing fella!

“As ever, it was great fun filming this Comic Relief sketch. Huge thanks to Daniell Craig and all the Bond team for being such great sports. I hope it raises a lot of money on the night.”

However hilarious this turns out to be, it will be tough to beat Craig’s most notorious comedy moment as the straight-laced and stoney-faced spy.

Not even Nan can match up to the extraordinary sight of seeing Bond and Queen Elizabeth parachuting through the London skies.

That iconic scene, of course, was part of the Opening Ceremony of the 2012 London Olympic Games. Craig, as always, played it admirably straight as he escorted Her Majesty herself from Buckingham Palace to the waiting helicopter.

As extraordinary as it all was, according to The Queen’s dresser Angela Kelly, she only had one condition when the idea was first proposed.

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The Queen said: “Of course I must say something. After all, he is coming to rescue me.”

In the short film, when Bond enters the royal chambers she turns and says “Good evening Mr Bond.”

Up until that point, the millions of shocked viewers watching the Opening Ceremony around the world still expected that the monarch would be played by an impersonator. The big reveal that it was actually Her Majesty herself made TV history.

Even so, there was no possible way that The Queen would be able to take part in the second great shock of the sketch, and a stuntman in a dress and a wig jumped out of the helicopter to glide down towards the Olympic Stadium at Stratford.

This year Comic Relief will be raising money to tackle homelessness, domestic abuse, mental health stigma and issues created by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Comic Relief Red Nose Day is on BBC One on Friday March 18 from 7pm.



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