God Save The Queen, and Danny Boyle Too
You know me, I am not giddy over the Olympics. If you have read my piece on the Games of the 30th Olympiad you'll know what I mean.
The opening ceremonies are something else altogether. This is a separate show, a creative extravaganza that in my opinion reached new levels of creativity and entertainment under the direction of filmmaker Danny Boyle.(pictured below)
GOOD SHOW, WHAT!
Highlights for most seem to be the depiction of the Industrial Age which culminated with the forging of the Olympic rings and a fantastic aerial fireworks display. James Bond and the Queen has put her majesty in good stead for her participation and sense of humor. Her majesty agree to be part of the sequence last year and filming took place this past March and April, and yes those were her real Corgis, Monty, Holly and Willow.
McCartney and Hey Jude with 80,000 back up singers on site, and no doubt millions singing along in their homes was great as was Mr. Bean, an outstanding performance by Rowan Atkinson.
The famous English betting houses took wagers for years on who would light the final Olympic cauldron and there was no winner, as seven young athletes, chosen by British Olympians lit the big flame simultaneously. Bettors are now wondering if Danny Boyle will receive a knighthood for his work. As with almost anything in England, you can bet on that.
The Bond/Queen sequence is as yet unavailable on line but if you find it, shoot me a link. In the meantime, enjoy the Mr. Bean performance once again. LEAVE COMMENTS.
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We had 3 different versions of the video up here, and each one is pulled. Alas, legalities. We had fun while it lasted and the Olympics are the Grinch that stole Bean.