During the interview, the 53-year-old actor was asked by host Stephen Colbert about doing the sketch, directed by Danny Boyle, with the 95-year-old monarch that aired during the opening ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics.
“I understand that you may not be able to answer this question, but I’m gonna ask anyway: What’s she like in private?” he asked.
Craig replied, saying, “Very funny. Wants to crack a joke, and cracked a joke about me.”
He recalled shooting the scene, which involved James Bond picking up the queen at Buckingham Palace and taking her to Millennium Stadium via helicopter. The two then jump out of the aircraft and parachute into the crowd.
“We’re having our photographs taken and she just went, ‘Oh no, he’s the one that doesn’t smile.’ Fair enough!” he said.
He went on to say that he was “rolling around on the floor” with her pet corgis as well.
“They’re very friendly,” he told the host.
Meanwhile, in her book The Other Side of the Coin: The Queen, the Dresser and the Wardrobe, Angela Kelly, the Queen’s dresser, spoke about how the sketch came to be.
“Having listened to Danny’s plan, I asked him and Edward to give me five minutes so that I could ask the Queen. I remember the look of shock on Danny’s face that I would be asking Her Majesty straight away, but there’s no point in waiting around with these things: if she said no, that would be the end of it,” she wrote, adding, that although the Queen “was very amused by the idea and agreed immediately.”