London Olympic ceremony - what did you think?

South Wales Argus: 2012 opening ceremony at the Olympic Stadium 2012 opening ceremony at the Olympic Stadium

THE Queen turned Bond girl and some of Britain's greatest Olympians teamed up with young athletes to light the Olympic Stadium flame as the London 2012 Games opened in spectacular fashion.

In a blockbusting opening ceremony there were moments of humour and emotion and some stunning surprises, not least the unique design of the stadium cauldron, made up of more than 200 flames.

Tour de France hero Bradley Wiggins, who within hours will be cycling for Team GB in the men's road race, rang the giant bell which marked the start of the show at the Olympic Stadium. Wearing a yellow jersey Wiggins, who less than a week ago became the first British man to win the Tour, was greeted with huge cheers.

It was the dramatic start of a breathtaking ceremony capturing the best of Britain and masterminded by Slumdog Millionaire director Danny Boyle.

The Queen stole the show with her movie acting debut as she joined James Bond. In a scene filmed in advance and screened for the first time, Bond actor Daniel Craig arrives at Buckingham Palace in a dinner jacket, striding past the corgis towards the royal study. "Good evening Mr Bond," says the Queen, before they leave together, apparently heading towards the Olympic Stadium in a helicopter.

Back in real time, to laughter and delight from the crowd, "the Queen" followed by "Bond", parachuted from a helicopter towards the arena. Seconds later the real Queen and Prince Philip received a standing ovation as they arrived.

What did you think of the Olympic opening ceremony? Did it celebrate the best of British? Leave a comment and let us know.

Even as the show was going on, there were calls for Boyle to have his own date with the Queen - to receive a knighthood.

In another surprise Rowan Atkinson in his Mr Bean character created comic havoc and loads of laughs as he joined Sir Simon Rattle conducting the theme from Chariots of Fire. Another tightly kept secret was how the Olympic torch would make its final journey from central London down the River Thames to the stadium in east London. The surprise was that it was former England captain David Beckham, who was shown steering a speedboat with young footballer Jade Bailey past Tower Bridge.

As the athletes arrived - first those from Greece, birthplace of the Games - Usain Bolt led out the Jamaican team, drawing a massive cheer from the crowd. But that was dwarfed by the ticker tape reception for Sir Chris Hoy, Britain's flagbearer, as Team GB became the last of the nations to enter the stadium. Four-time Olympic cycling champion Sir Chris said: "I don't think any of us were expecting it to be this good."

Then came the final surprise as Britain's greatest Olympian Sir Steve Redgrave ran into the stadium holding the torch to be greeted by seven young athletes each nominated by himself and British Olympic heroes Lynn Davies, Duncan Goodhew, Dame Kelly Holmes, Dame Mary Peters, Shirley Robertson and Daley Thompson. It was the young athletes who each lit one of the copper petals which had been brought into the stadium with the teams. Within moments over 200 of the petals were ablaze and rose up to form a spectacular cauldron.

What did you think of the Olympic opening ceremony? Did it celebrate the best of British? Leave a comment and let us know.

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11:56am Sat 28 Jul 12

LSB Bee says...

Absolutely stunning.
Absolutely stunning. LSB Bee

12:22pm Sat 28 Jul 12

denlexx says...

not bad at all a good few hours of entertainment pity about the queen she could have smiled a bit more it was a good job they kept the camera off her for most of it
not bad at all a good few hours of entertainment pity about the queen she could have smiled a bit more it was a good job they kept the camera off her for most of it denlexx

12:38pm Sat 28 Jul 12

Mervyn James says...

I didn't watch any of it, watched Corrie instead and a DVD, nothing in it for Wales except 20 years of debt paying for it, why bother ?
I didn't watch any of it, watched Corrie instead and a DVD, nothing in it for Wales except 20 years of debt paying for it, why bother ? Mervyn James

12:56pm Sat 28 Jul 12

Lynn says...

Apsolutely Brilliant - The Queen was excellent, a brilliant wonderful person who at her age and with the amount of work the Queen has to do was amazing. I am Welsh - this games is not about politics it is about sport where Wales -Scotland - Ireland - England all come together as one strong team united - The world is watching Great Britain so I and many Welsh people in England felt ashamed that some of the Welsh and the Scottish brought politics into the united team and would not honour our Monarch - after all we all British - I just hope that the people concerned will apologize for the mistake they have made as the world is watching Great Britain - Lynn
Apsolutely Brilliant - The Queen was excellent, a brilliant wonderful person who at her age and with the amount of work the Queen has to do was amazing. I am Welsh - this games is not about politics it is about sport where Wales -Scotland - Ireland - England all come together as one strong team united - The world is watching Great Britain so I and many Welsh people in England felt ashamed that some of the Welsh and the Scottish brought politics into the united team and would not honour our Monarch - after all we all British - I just hope that the people concerned will apologize for the mistake they have made as the world is watching Great Britain - Lynn Lynn

1:36pm Sat 28 Jul 12

Oddjob says...

Lynn wrote:
Apsolutely Brilliant - The Queen was excellent, a brilliant wonderful person who at her age and with the amount of work the Queen has to do was amazing. I am Welsh - this games is not about politics it is about sport where Wales -Scotland - Ireland - England all come together as one strong team united - The world is watching Great Britain so I and many Welsh people in England felt ashamed that some of the Welsh and the Scottish brought politics into the united team and would not honour our Monarch - after all we all British - I just hope that the people concerned will apologize for the mistake they have made as the world is watching Great Britain - Lynn
I totally agree. The opening concept worked very well and was superbly executed. Well done Danny Boyle and all those men, women and children who made it such a fine spectacle. Kenneth Branagh as IKB was a masterstroke.

The Queen did look a little bored but she is 86 and has attended more events and functions than she may care to remember.
[quote][p][bold]Lynn[/bold] wrote: Apsolutely Brilliant - The Queen was excellent, a brilliant wonderful person who at her age and with the amount of work the Queen has to do was amazing. I am Welsh - this games is not about politics it is about sport where Wales -Scotland - Ireland - England all come together as one strong team united - The world is watching Great Britain so I and many Welsh people in England felt ashamed that some of the Welsh and the Scottish brought politics into the united team and would not honour our Monarch - after all we all British - I just hope that the people concerned will apologize for the mistake they have made as the world is watching Great Britain - Lynn[/p][/quote]I totally agree. The opening concept worked very well and was superbly executed. Well done Danny Boyle and all those men, women and children who made it such a fine spectacle. Kenneth Branagh as IKB was a masterstroke. The Queen did look a little bored but she is 86 and has attended more events and functions than she may care to remember. Oddjob

4:51pm Sat 28 Jul 12

harryfan says...

I loved it. Pity you have to have some who try and put a damper on it. Good luck to ALL team GB. No matter where they come from
The Queens participation was brilliant. The Chariots of fire was fun. The pagentry was only as Great Britain can do it. Thank you for a very entertaining evening Mr. Boyle.
I loved it. Pity you have to have some who try and put a damper on it. Good luck to ALL team GB. No matter where they come from The Queens participation was brilliant. The Chariots of fire was fun. The pagentry was only as Great Britain can do it. Thank you for a very entertaining evening Mr. Boyle. harryfan

5:29pm Sat 28 Jul 12

PontyPeter says...

Loved it!
Loved it! PontyPeter

12:02pm Sun 29 Jul 12

Howie' says...

Lynn wrote:
Apsolutely Brilliant - The Queen was excellent, a brilliant wonderful person who at her age and with the amount of work the Queen has to do was amazing. I am Welsh - this games is not about politics it is about sport where Wales -Scotland - Ireland - England all come together as one strong team united - The world is watching Great Britain so I and many Welsh people in England felt ashamed that some of the Welsh and the Scottish brought politics into the united team and would not honour our Monarch - after all we all British - I just hope that the people concerned will apologize for the mistake they have made as the world is watching Great Britain - Lynn
I thoroughly enjoyed the show,not sure what you meant by the ' amount of work the Queen has to do was amazing'. If I had to do the amount of work she does I would not have retired.
Lynn, for a Welsh or Scottish athlete to refuse to sing 'God save the Queen' is not dishonouring the Monarch it was a recognition of the fact that Wales & Scotland have their own anthems & it is not THAT one. Watch the beginning of a Wales rugby match. Also a number of people are republicans & if they thought they would have to sing 'God save the Queen' would have possibly refused to play for team GB, it's up to the individual. Just because the Daily Mail sees it as an insult to Madge you don't have too. You might also ask why the Irish & Scottish football players refused to participate in team GB?
[quote][p][bold]Lynn[/bold] wrote: Apsolutely Brilliant - The Queen was excellent, a brilliant wonderful person who at her age and with the amount of work the Queen has to do was amazing. I am Welsh - this games is not about politics it is about sport where Wales -Scotland - Ireland - England all come together as one strong team united - The world is watching Great Britain so I and many Welsh people in England felt ashamed that some of the Welsh and the Scottish brought politics into the united team and would not honour our Monarch - after all we all British - I just hope that the people concerned will apologize for the mistake they have made as the world is watching Great Britain - Lynn[/p][/quote]I thoroughly enjoyed the show,not sure what you meant by the ' amount of work the Queen has to do was amazing'. If I had to do the amount of work she does I would not have retired. Lynn, for a Welsh or Scottish athlete to refuse to sing 'God save the Queen' is not dishonouring the Monarch it was a recognition of the fact that Wales & Scotland have their own anthems & it is not THAT one. Watch the beginning of a Wales rugby match. Also a number of people are republicans & if they thought they would have to sing 'God save the Queen' would have possibly refused to play for team GB, it's up to the individual. Just because the Daily Mail sees it as an insult to Madge you don't have too. You might also ask why the Irish & Scottish football players refused to participate in team GB? Howie'

10:58pm Mon 30 Jul 12

CM1 says...

Is that your your comment on artistic merit?
Is that your your comment on artistic merit? CM1

11:44pm Mon 30 Jul 12

LSB Bee says...

The words pearls and swine spring to mind but everyone is entitled to their opinion.
The words pearls and swine spring to mind but everyone is entitled to their opinion. LSB Bee

9:08pm Tue 31 Jul 12

chris227 says...

it cost the same to stage as newports new railway station and compared to that it was great value!!
it cost the same to stage as newports new railway station and compared to that it was great value!! chris227

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