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The name's Majesty, Her Majesty: Queen 'drops in' to Olympic Stadium..
UK Daily Mail ^ | Julu 28, 2012 | Katherine Faulkner and Louise Eccles

Posted on 07/28/2012 6:13:12 AM PDT by C19fan

It was the night when the Queen appeared in her first movie acting role – and proved herself an instant comedy hit.

Her Majesty was seen in a film alongside James Bond actor Daniel Craig before apparently ‘parachuting’ into the stadium for the opening ceremony.

The recorded sequence opened at Buckingham Palace, where a tuxedo-wearing Craig as 007 was presented to the Queen by her personal footman as she was writing a letter and training her corgis Monty, Willow and Holly to roll over.

(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Sports; TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: 007; 2012olympics; bond; olympics; queen; royals
I heard about this part so I was able to watch it on YouTube. Pretty daft in a good way. I need to check out the part with Kenneth Branagh as Isambard Kingdom Brunel. I should not say this since I am not a native but I find it odd to celebrate a gov't program, the NHS.
1 posted on 07/28/2012 6:13:21 AM PDT by C19fan
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To: C19fan

Rats. I got the message “The uploader has not made this video available!”


2 posted on 07/28/2012 6:19:08 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic (ABO)
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To: C19fan
I watched part of the opening ceremonies in a restaurant, and found the blurring of “Hollywood” Anglophilia with the actual event disturbingly surreal. What do popular, fictional figures from movies have to do with the Olympics? Nothing that I can tell, other than added hype.

I'm no fan of monarchy, even the truncated and almost entirely symbolic English variety. However, it does represent continuity and a certain reverence for history, a certain dignity. That all flew out the window, or rather the passenger door of an airplane, with this mock-parachuting “drop in” by the Queen of England. She should have been attended by a fleet of Elvis impersonators on her way down, imho, or perhaps intercepted in mid-flight by a magic carpet and gently wafted to earth, to appeal to the burgeoning Muslim segment.

The repeated Obama ads were disgusting as well, especially the one claiming that Obama saying “you didn't build that” to business owners is a lie.

I won't be watching again.

3 posted on 07/28/2012 6:29:42 AM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: afraidfortherepublic

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f28JxHQWleo


4 posted on 07/28/2012 6:30:03 AM PDT by C19fan
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To: RegulatorCountry
Most people do not live the real world. They do not understand the real world. They live in a consumerist fantasy world. Parachuting queens, Peter Pan, and Michael Phelps all kind of blend together into a heart-warming story that people enjoy.

Not healthy, in my opinion.

5 posted on 07/28/2012 6:37:02 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (Roger Taney? Not a bad Chief Justice. John Roberts? A really awful Chief Justice.)
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To: RegulatorCountry

You can’t be serious.


6 posted on 07/28/2012 6:37:44 AM PDT by UB355 (Slower traffic keep right)
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To: C19fan
I liked a lot of it. That being said, I thought it was disrespectful to the Queen to pretend she parachuted into the stadium. I didn't enjoy the ridiculous story of the kids meeting because the girl dropped her cell phone. I was embarrassed for the director that he felt the need to celebrate the NHS. Just propaganda for Obamacare. I was appalled that NBC allowed Obama’s commercials during the Opening Ceremony. TOTALLY INAPPROPRIATE to politicize this program!!!
7 posted on 07/28/2012 6:39:37 AM PDT by originalbuckeye
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To: RegulatorCountry

I understand YouTube needs to make money but already sick of the Obama and Romney political ads. On the bright side you can skip over them after a few seconds.


8 posted on 07/28/2012 6:41:20 AM PDT by C19fan
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To: UB355

I can’t be serious about what?


9 posted on 07/28/2012 6:43:51 AM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: C19fan

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Music from The ‘Exorcist’?
A bizzare celebration of Socialized Medicine
Scary villains from children’s literature
Mary Poppins singing ‘A spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down’? flies in to save the day?

To top it all off; the ‘queen’ jumps from a helicopter with dress over her head and pantaloons showing?
She needs to have her head examined for consenting to this.
A queen should never submit to such indignity.

This was some wierd, bizarre sh*t!

.


10 posted on 07/28/2012 6:44:28 AM PDT by patriot08 (TEXAS GAL- born and bred and proud of it!)
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To: C19fan

I bet that really wasn’t her jumping out of the helicopter


11 posted on 07/28/2012 6:49:09 AM PDT by AppyPappy (If you really want to annoy someone, point out something obvious that they are trying hard to ignore)
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To: patriot08

We only saw the queen parachuting through the air from a great distance; didn’t see the dress over her head and pantaloons showing. - She was a sport to allow that. . 007 seemed very staid and intent on his mission. It was cute. (The queen (princess at the time) worked as a mechanic during WWII; so has always been out of the ordinary.)


12 posted on 07/28/2012 6:53:47 AM PDT by Twinkie (Obama; fundamentally turning America into Sodom & Gomorrah one EO at a time.)
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To: C19fan

Bread and circuses!


13 posted on 07/28/2012 6:54:46 AM PDT by the invisib1e hand
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To: patriot08
I thought the whole opening ceremony was horrible! Usually they are awesome if not weird but this was mediocre at best. It pains me to say this but it looked like the Queen might have dementia. Huge disappointment.
14 posted on 07/28/2012 6:57:04 AM PDT by NativeTxn
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To: originalbuckeye
"I was embarrassed for the director that he felt the need to celebrate the NHS. Just propaganda for Obamacare."

From the interviews I read Boyle put the NHS in because he was angry over the cuts the Gub'ment made (and is going to make) in the NHS.

15 posted on 07/28/2012 6:57:18 AM PDT by Mad Dawgg (If you're going to deny my 1st Amendment rights then I must proceed to the 2nd one...)
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To: NativeTxn

I never saw her smile. She had a sour expression on her face the whole time the camera was on her.


16 posted on 07/28/2012 7:00:01 AM PDT by patriot08 (TEXAS GAL- born and bred and proud of it!)
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To: RegulatorCountry; UB355
Seemed like a perfectly rational and understandable sentiment to me.

I thought the video integration was lame.

And Daniel Craig made an exciting Bond, but is hardly representative of the series. Give me Sean Connery any day.

17 posted on 07/28/2012 7:04:42 AM PDT by Caipirabob (I say we take off and Newt the site from orbit. It's the only way to be sure...)
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To: Twinkie

Well, since you put it that way, it would be cute to see Hillary Clinton shot out of a giant cannon.

I suspect that punkin’ won’t be chunkin’ very far, but still.


18 posted on 07/28/2012 7:05:56 AM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: patriot08

My Mom suffered from dementia and that empty look and confused look just stood out to me.


19 posted on 07/28/2012 7:07:52 AM PDT by NativeTxn
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To: NativeTxn
I am sure it's not dementia. I suspect she was (rightly) appalled at the disrespect she was receiving at the hands of the director. I suspect she felt she had to do the thing, but didn't have to look like she enjoyed it. I am sure she would have liked to announce the Opening of the Games, but not after the ridiculous stunt she was supposed to have done.
20 posted on 07/28/2012 7:10:14 AM PDT by originalbuckeye
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To: C19fan

This video contains content from International Olympic Committee, who has blocked it on copyright grounds.


21 posted on 07/28/2012 7:13:29 AM PDT by Autonomous User ( I guess a liberal and an out-of-work bum look a lot a like, daddy.)
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To: Twinkie; AppyPappy

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Of COURSE that was not the queen who jumped, AppyPappy.
That would NEVER be allowed.

Nevertheless, it was a person REPRESENTING the queen.

I saw a blow-up of the person representing the queen with his/her dress up under the arms and what appeared to be pantaloons on prominent display.

Even if no such picture existed (which it does), it stands to reason that the parachuting person’s dress would be over the head with underwear showing. There would be no way to prevent this.

No queen should let herself be depicted in such an undignified manner.

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22 posted on 07/28/2012 7:17:55 AM PDT by patriot08 (TEXAS GAL- born and bred and proud of it!)
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To: C19fan

I highly recommend the first part, right up to the molten rings of steel which were an absolute tour de force.

It became more confused after that: pointless homage to the NHS wrapped in a fair piece about a famous children’s hospital, funny piece about Chariots of Fire, dumb pop-culture segment, good cauldron-lighting ceremony, clever dove section.

The Chinese did a better, more consistently good show - though the UK’s Isembard Kingdom Brunel + Olympic Ring section really SHONE.


23 posted on 07/28/2012 7:26:27 AM PDT by agere_contra (Vote ABO. Don't choose the Greater Evil and then boast about how principled you are)
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To: C19fan

Romney was right, they c***** this thing up. Big time.


24 posted on 07/28/2012 7:45:21 AM PDT by keat
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To: NativeTxn

When they showed Liz, it didn’t look like her at all. Either that was a double or she’s put on some weight or something is wrong to make her face so puffy.

You’re right, the opening ceremony was horrible but then most of these usually are. I kept switching over to the food channel as there was nothing else on and then gave up. Those 5 golden rings looked more like the Twelve Days of Christmas instead of the multi-colored Olympic rings. Blah, the athletes looked like they needed to be on What Not To Wear... that country with the blue plastic boots, the others who looked like they’d dressed themselves from the rag box and then that awful print of volunteers’ faces.


25 posted on 07/28/2012 8:31:46 AM PDT by bgill
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To: C19fan
I watched about 12-15 minutes and I wanted to barf. Grotesque.
BTW, if the Brits are so proud of their history, why didn't they include the 800 years of abuse and subjugation they forced on the Irish?
How about the cruelty in India for hundreds of years? Was the the Black Hole of Calcutta represented?
Feckin' elitist, arrogant, limey pricks.
26 posted on 07/28/2012 8:37:20 AM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: patriot08

Well, she was wearing the same outfit. Explain THAT!!


27 posted on 07/28/2012 8:37:32 AM PDT by NCLaw441
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To: RegulatorCountry

As an unreconstructed Anglophile which has my Irish progenitors spinning in their graves, I found the opening sequences outstanding. The segment about the Industrial Revolution was a slap in the face to Barak Kardashian Osama. They did it on their own with no royal or parliamentarian support.

Unfortunately, the rest of it degenerated into an MTV or a Super Bowl halftime show.


28 posted on 07/28/2012 8:46:19 AM PDT by Ax
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To: NCLaw441

Well, she was wearing the same outfit. Explain THAT!!
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Explain exactly what you mean.


29 posted on 07/28/2012 8:47:11 AM PDT by patriot08 (TEXAS GAL- born and bred and proud of it!)
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To: patriot08

The Queen was wearing the same clothing at the palace, during the parachute jump and then in the stands during the opening ceremonies. No way to fake that, so it had to be the Queen jumping from the plane.

(you know I am joking, right?)


30 posted on 07/28/2012 8:58:25 AM PDT by NCLaw441
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To: Ax

As an unreconstructed American, descendant of Revolutionary War patriots and no fan of monarchy in general, with English ancestry going back to the Domesday Book, I was embarrassed for the old gal and am certain that the royal family of England has taken a hit to their dignity from which they will never recover, something even goofy, addled Charles hasn’t yet managed to do.


31 posted on 07/28/2012 9:08:19 AM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: agere_contra

Quite right. That was nice the part you mention. You get this ambivalent attitude even the Victorians had about how the world was changing around them. Of course the idiots at NBC stated Jerusalem was the unofficial anthem of Britain I am that will piss off the Welsh, Scots and Irish.


32 posted on 07/28/2012 9:26:23 AM PDT by C19fan
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To: C19fan

I only saw it up to the NHS love in, but up to that I have to say it was quite good.

What people need to consider, and I say this speaking as someone that actually opposes the concept of the monarchy, is that the monarchy has been trying very hard to improve its image.....it was a bit of fun, it wasn’t disrespectful and was actually very funny and unexpected.......it is odd to me, that war and the empire really has helped shape and define Britain through the ages, and for PC reasons this was erased from history........it was tacky to interject the NHS into it, if that defines us, then we really are in trouble....


33 posted on 07/28/2012 9:28:23 AM PDT by UKrepublican
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To: C19fan; All

Didn’t watch it all.....did Romney run any spots during the Ceremony? Or was it just Obama?


34 posted on 07/28/2012 9:36:44 AM PDT by originalbuckeye
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To: NCLaw441

The Queen was wearing the same clothing at the palace, during the parachute jump and then in the stands during the opening ceremonies. No way to fake that, so it had to be the Queen jumping from the plane.

(you know I am joking, right?)

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Um...ok.

But, as I stated previously; the queen was represented by a person in matching dress with this dress up under the arms and underwear on display all the way down to the ground in front of millions of people.

It stands to reason that the parachuting person’s dress would be over the head with underwear showing. There would be no way to prevent this.

The queen was foolish let herself be depicted in such an undignified manner.

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35 posted on 07/28/2012 9:39:54 AM PDT by patriot08 (TEXAS GAL- born and bred and proud of it!)
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To: originalbuckeye

‘That being said, I thought it was disrespectful to the Queen to pretend she parachuted into the stadium.’

I am British and I and 99.99% of the UK thought it was bloody hilarious.


36 posted on 07/28/2012 9:43:20 AM PDT by the scotsman (i)
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Isn't his a pretty sight to be representing the Queen of England??

Apparently, Drudge agrees with me:

http://drudgereport.com/

37 posted on 07/28/2012 11:30:21 AM PDT by patriot08 (TEXAS GAL- born and bred and proud of it!)
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To: patriot08

I don’t really have any concern about he Queen. She is just a person.


38 posted on 07/28/2012 11:40:01 AM PDT by NCLaw441
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To: the scotsman; originalbuckeye

>>‘That being said, I thought it was disrespectful to the Queen to pretend she parachuted into the stadium.’

>I am British and I and 99.99% of the UK thought it was bloody hilarious.

I agree, I think the Queen was a lovely sport about this in helping her country celebrate.

Can’t we in America be happy for one of our closest allies? It’s their party.


39 posted on 07/28/2012 11:51:40 AM PDT by VictoryGal (Never give up, never surrender! REMEMBER NEDA)
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To: oh8eleven

The Black Hole of Calcutta was where British prisoners were held and died.
You did know that right or are you just a plastic paddy that hates the murdering brits?


40 posted on 07/28/2012 12:20:13 PM PDT by MadMitch (nemo me impune lacessit)
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You're right - it was 120 Brit POWs who died in the Black Hole.
I was thinking of the Jallianwala Bagh massacre where over 1300 unarmed men, women and children were slaughtered by the military.
Another bright spot in limey history. Feckin' elitist, arrogant pricks.
41 posted on 07/28/2012 12:43:27 PM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: MadMitch

I bet you our Irish-American friend turns out to be an Ulster Scot by ancestry.


42 posted on 07/28/2012 3:01:19 PM PDT by the scotsman (i)
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To: originalbuckeye
I am sure it's not dementia. I suspect she was (rightly) appalled at the disrespect she was receiving at the hands of the director. I suspect she felt she had to do the thing, but didn't have to look like she enjoyed it. I am sure she would have liked to announce the Opening of the Games, but not after the ridiculous stunt she was supposed to have done.

Nonsense - that was probably THE most rehearsed part of the entire show! You think they're going to have the Queen come down out of the sky showing her bloomers to the whole world without EXTREME thought, planning and filmed practice enactments to go over so they know EXACTLY what it will look like? And you think the Queen would in ANY way feel compelled to submit to that if she didn't want to? Hah! In Britain? NO WAY! That's why the Brits are so enamored with her over the whole thing, because she blew their propriety corks right out of the tops of their stiff upper lips!

BUT - she WAS majorly pissed off about something, and they didn't count on that. Maybe she heard some last minute news about something and couldn't recover in time for the ceremony. William and Harry were also stone faces, so they knew about it too.

Probably secret stuff.

TOP secret.

43 posted on 07/28/2012 5:09:56 PM PDT by Talisker (One who commands, must obey.)
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