Stuntman Gary Connery: 'Queen lent me her bag'

Friday August 3, 2012

Gary Connery is the man behind the stunt that wowed viewers of the Olympics opening ceremony.

Having seen the Queen star in a spoof scene from James Bond, alongside actor Daniel Craig, spectators then held their breath as they saw what seemed to be the monarch parachuting into the stadium.

In a HELLO! Online exclusive intertview, stuntman Gary reveals that he was loaned a genuine handbag belonging to Her Majesty and wore a dress created by her dresser.

Of his exciting role he said: "The moment that I opened my parachute and the crowd realised something special was happening, I could hear them roar even from a height."

Danny Boyle, the director who masterminded the event, aimed to create a celebration for the people's Games.

Also among the 20,000-strong cast involved in the ceremony were NHS staff members such as Tiago Bravo and Adelle Tracey, a young athlete who carried the torch.

Read the exclusive interviews here

Photo: © Rex

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