Daniel Craig Films 007 Sketch for U.K. Charity Event


Elton John, Stephen Hawking and Rowan Atkinson are also participating in the Red Nose Day fundraising efforts.

Production on the latest James Bond, Spectre, may be well underway, most recently shooting in Rome. But Daniel Craig has found time to film a special one-off sketch for Red Nose Day, the biennial U.K. telethon aimed at supporting the Comic Relief charity, which funds relief efforts in the poorest parts of Africa.

The top-secret 007 sketch will feature in a show called Face the Funny, to air live from the London Palladium on March 13 on the BBC. Red Nose Day — which has been going since 1988 and was co-founded by Emmy- and BAFTA-winning screenwriter and director Richard Curtis — regularly sees a wide array of U.K. celebrities turn up for comedic appearances to support the effort.

This year’s show will also include a cameo from Stephen Hawking, the subject of Oscar-winning film The Theory of Everything. He will appear in a special sketch from the creators TV comedy series Little Britain. Rowan Atkinson is also set to appear as Mr. Bean, while Eddie Izzard will take part in an adaptation of the popular "Four Yorkshiremen" sketch from Monty Python.

As part of earlier Red Nose Day fundraising efforts, on Sunday Elton John shaved off the beard and eyebrows of Evgeny Lebedev, owner of U.K. newspaper The Independent, just two days before he was due to meet Prince Charles. Lebedev had to don prosthetic eyebrows for his royal appointment.