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Conspiracy theorists thought the queen’s appearance in Paddington clip was a deepfake, writer says

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Screenwriter Frank Cottrell-Boyce, who co-wrote the Queen’s 007 and Paddington sketches, reveals that conspiracy theorists believed the monarch’s appearance in the afternoon tea clip was a deepfake

The screenwriter who wrote the comedy sketches starring the Queen has revealed that conspiracy theorists believed her appearance in the Platinum Jubilee Paddington Bear clip was a deepfake.

Frank Cottrell-Boyce also revealed that the monarch would never initially star alongside James Bond in a comedy clip for the 2012 London Olympics — but was written into the script when she said she wanted a part.

The writer was on the team for both the skydiving sketch 007 and the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee clip in which she has afternoon tea with Paddington Bear.

The Queen was not originally supposed to appear in the 007 sketch alongside Daniel Craig, which was filmed for the 2012 London Olympics.

The late monarch also starred with Paddington Bear in a sketch filmed for the platinum anniversary in June

The late monarch also starred with Paddington Bear in a sketch filmed for the platinum anniversary in June

Frank Cottrell-Boyce, a novelist and screenwriter who co-wrote sketches starring the Queen, said she stood to remind the British people that 'we share something good'

Frank Cottrell-Boyce, a novelist and screenwriter who co-wrote sketches starring the Queen, said she stood to remind the British people that ‘we share something good’

The Queen made the nation laugh in June 2022 when she appeared in the clip with the marmalade-loving bear after inviting him to Buckingham Palace to dine with her.

The monarch, who was known to drink high tea every day, revealed during their exchange that she shared his enthusiasm for marmalade sandwiches.

She opened her handbag and took out a sandwich, and she said with a smile, “For later.”

Writing for the Guardian on the late monarch’s appearance in the afternoon tea sketch, Mr Cottrell-Boyce said Paddington’s symbolism “being welcomed with tea and good manners” represented a “strong set of values”.

He added that in an age of division, the Queen represented a unity that is now under threat.

Royal fans have left little Paddington Bears outside Buckingham Palace in tribute to the late monarch

Royal fans have left little Paddington Bears outside Buckingham Palace in tribute to the late monarch

The writer revealed that, after the Paddington Bear sketch aired, a conspiracy theory was circulating that the Queen’s appearance in the clip was a deeply fake creation and that the monarch hadn’t played in it at all.

He concluded by saying that he was “grateful” for the way the Queen used her “peculiar power” to remind people that “we share something good.”

After the monarch’s passing, royal fans touched by her sketch of Paddington Bear have left little bears and even marmalade sandwiches outside Buckingham Palace amid tributes.

The monarch also starred in a skit alongside Daniel Craig as James Bond in 2012, which aired during the opening ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics.

Cottrell-Boyce revealed that the Queen was “getting herself ready” for the cameo appearance in which she “skydive” at the Olympic Stadium in Stratford, London.

However, the novelist and screenwriter revealed that the original plan had been for an actress to play her part.

Producer Tracey Seaward attended a meeting at Buckingham Palace to find out what the Queen would wear to the opening ceremony so they could dress the actress in the same outfit.

However, he wrote that Angela Kelly, the Queen’s dresser, said, “Oh, she wants in.”

The writer said the clip became one of the Queen’s “defining moments” as she wowed the nation with her cameo appearance intended to entertain “just one night.”

The monarch’s appearance in the sketch delighted viewers and royal fans alike as she turned to greet him at Buckingham Palace with the line, “Good evening, Mr Bond.”

The pair then walked through the halls of the palace with the Corgis in tow before hopping into a helicopter bound for the Olympic Stadium in Stratford.

When the helicopter arrived at the stadium, the Queen jumped out of the helicopter and opened a parachute with the Union Jack imprinted – before walking down the stadium steps with Prince Philip to sit down.

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