Skip to comments.The Queen joins James Bond for the most amazing opening ceremony ever
Posted on 07/27/2012 2:32:18 PM PDT by JennysCool
HER Majesty the Queen joined James Bond to take part in the most spectacular Olympic opening ever staged.
In an incredible opening by director Danny Boyle Secret Agent 007 was seen arriving at Buckingham Palace to meet the Queen.
He whisks her off in a helicopter before they both appeared to parachute into the London stadium. At the exact moment they reached the ground, Her Majesty appeared in the stadium to a standing ovation.
It was a masterclass in storytelling by Oscar-winning director Boyle who trumped the event in Beijing four years ago with his history lesson of Britain.
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We, across the pond, don’t get to see it live.
NBC delays everything. That gives them more time to insert inane commentaries.
What? I missed it.
When I hear that, time to change the channel.
Watching it live here on Czech Channel 4 (Sports) live.
That moment (with the Queen & Daniel Craig); very cool. Sad to hear that you can’t see it live. I’m watching all the countries enter into the Olympic Stadium.
Good ceremony so far, and a top ‘o the hat to Danny Boyle. Even a nice little cameo by Rowan Atkinson (Mr. Bean/Blackadder) in a good comic turn, as always.
It sounds almost worth watching. Just one thought, they could do a memorial for 7/7, but not for the 40th anniversary of Munich. The reason given for no Munich remembrance was the tone. How is 7/7 a different tone?
Read the article. Loved the little nasty note on Romney. POS The Sun is.
The UK owes me a headache pill from the worst show in history. Oh and now they are building a flag shrine around a large treehuggers hill. Sick.
It will be hard to top the opening ceremony four years ago.
Amazing how some sport organization can lock down virtually an entire continent of people where you cant even get a decent photo of what is happening live in another country!
You have to scrape YouTube just to get a blurry 30 second clip of someone pointing a camera at a TV.
Sounds cool. I am a huge fan of The Jam.
But did we dip the flag?????
wath it live on the internet... AtdheNet.TV, click on BBC one
Some of us would like to watch tonight without knowing everything that happened.
They should have had Johnny English take the queen from James Bond before the end.
Quick! Avert your eyes from the thread!
Think you need to relax. It was a great show. The Olympic rings rising from those “Stanic Mills” was visually stunning.
You forgot to mention the Guiness Book of Records-worthy, largest Drum Circle in history!
Now, THAT’S a car!
Absolutely FANTASTIC part of the ceremony
They just played “Jerusalem”, my first thought was “Somebody said ‘mattress’ to Mr. Lambert.”
Agreed. I thought beforehand that it was going to be lousy - and I’m British.
But the Industrial Revolution sequence was visionary - and a very impressive piece of engineering in its own right. That climatic scene of five forged rings of molten iron was simply superb.
I could have done without the homage to the NHS, but that whole Chariots of Fire scene was hysterical visual comedy. And the Cauldron of Fire Petals was very nicely done.
Who was the ‘hottest’ Bond Girl??
oh my gawd, why wont the announcers STFU..
Brillant machine! Very much like my 1972 Lotus Plus 2S. Unfortunately, that Lucas electrical system. The bane of my existence.
The hill is meant to be Glastonbury Tor.
Queen looked totally pissed, so they stopped cutting to her. They glorified national healthcare (which Brits are "proud of" according to NBC commentary) - practically a commercial for Obamacare. The overly long "teen" segment was mindless boring drivel. Went out of its way to be PC, with blacks extremely over-represented relative to the U.K. population, and no muzzie content at all, despite their big influence these days (although lots of white self loathing).
And perhaps worst of all, U.S. viewers were subjected to a combination of mindless and leftist "commentary" by Matt "human rat bastard" Lauer from the National Bureau of Communists (NBC). 1 out of 5 stars at best.
I didn’t see it but it’s too bad they didn’t have
the Queen come out of the Tardis.
It all sounds over politicized, can hardly wait
til Iran hosts it.
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- Install a Bendix electric backup fuel pump in the rear near the gas tank using Areoquip hd flex tubing and put a steel blank-off on the engine block where any standard fuel pump was.
Install two (2) electric radiator cooling fans in front of the radiator (toggle switches on the dash for both fans) and remove and standard cooling fan (but put it in a spare/emergency parts box in the boot)
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Rotate the tachometer to have the Redline point straight up where it should have been in the first place.
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Why do Ferrari and Aston Martin and Maserati and Lamborghini and Porsche now use paddle-shifters with semi-autos?