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Queen Elizabeth II honored with BAFTA award and 007 nod

05-Apr-2013 • Bond News

The Queen received an honorary BAFTA yesterday in recognition of a lifetime's support of British film and television - and for being the most 'memorable Bond girl yet'.

Sir Kenneth Branagh presented the award during a glittering Windsor Castle reception attended by stars of stage, screen and television celebrating their industry.

John Willis, chairman of Bafta, said in a short speech: 'We should be proud of our industry. The people here this evening represent a vast variety of skills and ground breaking innovation; they have entertained and informed a generation and inspired generations to come."

"I am delighted that this evening has given us the opportunity to give something back. I have the great honour to announce that we are to present Her Majesty with an honorary Bafta today, in recognition of her outstanding patronage of the film and television industries."

"The Queen has been patron of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, the Entertainment Artistes' Benevolent Fund and the Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund - for which money is raised by Royal Film Performances - since 1952, so for more than 60 years, and visited countless industry organisations, shining a light on the work that we all do and lending her tireless support to our efforts. More recently Her Majesty the Queen starred at the London Olympics as the most memorable Bond girl yet."

Sir Kenneth Branagh, to laughter from the audience, told the Queen: "Your sensational appearance at the opening ceremony of last year's Olympics was especially memorable. So much so that several of my colleagues here tonight want you to know that should you wish to take it further into the world of British films that they have a number of scripts with them here this evening. I have to warn you, Your Majesty, not all of these films are fully financed. Of course we are happy to deal directly with your agent so Daniel Craig is here this evening."

Daniel Craig was not in attendance, although former Bond villain Sir Christopher Lee was there to keep the British end up for the 007 franchise.

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