That’s right, our absentee head of state is the newest Bond girl. The Queen made her acting debut in the spectacular and humorous Bond sequence during the opening ceremony of the 2012 London Olympic Games. I think the Queen should take up acting.
Here are my three reasons:
First, the 86-year old is a bundle of untapped acting talent. The sequence’s director, Danny Boyle, agrees: “You don’t have to tell her something twice. She picks it up straight away, about cameras and angles. She is a good actor.”
Second, an acting career for the Queen would probably pacify hard-core Canadian critics of the British monarchy. And besieged progressives currently questioning the monarchy’s role in the politics of Canada under Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Conservative majority government.
The Queen, through her resident representative, the Governor General of Canada, has signed into law some real nasty pieces of legislation. Laws that have a retrogressive impact on society and our core values. Omnibus crime Bill C-10. Omnibus 2012 federal budget Bill C-38. The “Refugee Exclusion” Bill C-31.
Every Act of Parliament carries the preamble: NOW, THEREFORE, Her Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate and House of Commons of Canada, enacts as follows.
In essence, the Queen approves of Harper’s tyrannical laws. She approves of the undemocratic manner through which the Conservatives bulldoze them through Parliament. Without the required debate and oversight.
Third, acting would provide her with much-needed distraction from that monotonous business of Royal hand-shaking and whatever else is on the Queen’s resume/CV.