As HM Queen Elizabeth II passed away at her residence in Balmoral, Scotland this afternoon I have created this thread so that our members can remember the UK's remarkable Queen of 70 years. As we know, James Bond was created by Ian Fleming in February 1952 when the Queen had just come to the throne after the death of her father, King George VI. It is remarkable to think that the same Queen has reigned through all of the Fleming Bond novels, all of the Continuation novels and all of the 25 Bond films of the hugely successful Eon series.
The Queen even had a role during the 2012 London Olympics assisting then Bond Daniel Craig on a mission. The Queen and the Royal Family have attended many of the Bond film premieres and much money has been raised for worthwhile charities like the Prince's Trust from such Royal premieres. Seven Bond actors from Connery to Craig over the span of 60 years have loyally served On Her Majesty's Secret Service.
Anthony Burgess put it well when he wrote in his Coronet 1987 introduction to the James Bond Novels:
"As for James Bond, he will be with us indefinitely - near-immortal, less than Shakespearean but a model neo-Elizabethan, a hero we need."
I think "near-immortal" is how many of us regarded the Queen as well. There was a reassuring constancy that the Queen provided during the period of monumental political, social and economic change the UK and the world has seen over the last 70 years. Sadly the second Elizabethan Age has now come to an end, as all good things must.
So this is the thread about the event I'm sure we all wished would never come to pass: the sad death of our Head of State here in the UK, our grand stateswoman and the matriarch of the nation. Please share your tributes, condolences and memories of the Queen here.
To conclude, my thoughts and prayers are with the Royal Family and especially with the new King Charles III as he accedes to the throne. The Queen is dead. Long Live the King.
**12 April 2023 Update - I've just amended the thread title a little to reflect the move on to the discussion of the late Queen's successor to the throne - her son HM King Charles III.**