L’ouverture des Jeux olympiques de Londres avait été annoncée comme le plus grand spectacle jamais réalisé sur la planète : oublions le prix et les soucis de sécurité, place au rêve. Effectivement,la cérémonie d’ouverture a été .. magiquement humaine. Du tableau “les îles aux merveilles” au défilé des délégations, le point culminant de cette ouverture a bien sûr été le court métrage dont la Reine était le personnage principal ! Mais l’image de la Reine plongeant dans un stade bondé ne serait-elle pas une métaphore, parfaitement explicite, dont le but est de la montrer proche de son peuple ? En effet, depuis la mort de Lady Diana, l’image d’Élisabeth II s’est quelque peu altérée …
Who could have guessed that, at the age of 86, Queen Elizabeth would become a movie star?
Humour and eccentricity were de rigueur during the Opening Ceremony of the 2012 London Olympic Games which gave the 80,000 spectators of the Olympic Stadium and the whole world an overview of British culture for one evening. Indeed, thousands of dancers, musicians, technicians and British icons gave a tribute to British roots, traditions and successes with a mind-blowing show orchestrated by Danny Boyle, the director of the Oscar-winning production Slumdog Millionaire. In a set-up inspired by the Shakespeare play The Storm, the artistic performances followed one another and combined multiple themes from the Industrial Era to the xxth century British pop music and famous English Disney characters like Mary Poppins.
But the most unexpected moment of the ceremony was no doubt the royal parachute jump! Indeed, together with Daniel Craig, cast as the British spy par excellence, James Bond, she easily agreed to star in a short movie in which she plays her own role. Mostly shot in Buckingham Palace in March and April 2012, the film shows the queen greet Bond with a single cue “Good evening Mister Bond”. She seems to fit her part perfectly. As if that wasn’t enough, she even gave her doggies a role to play to make things appear even more real.
Is the film to be a way for her to regain some prestige?
Perceived in British tabloids as cold and unfeeling when she did not participate in the public outpouring of grief after the death of Princess Diana in 1997, her popularity seemed to have been tarnished. However, for a couple a of years now, she has been portrayed as a very “modern grandmother”. Indeed, she is said to have a mobile phone and an iPod, to have created her own email account and she even seems to be “addicted” to playing on a Nintendo Wii given to her by Kate Middleton. Is she now also going to be an “adventurous grandmother”?
Agathe DE ANDOLENKO, Lilia OUALI & Léa GANNE