Watch: James Bond's Fun Olympics Opening Ceremony Segment
By some miracle—or rather the genius of Danny Boyle—I have been given the perfect hook to mention the Olympics! I love watching the Olympics, and have been watching the Opening Ceremony in London that's taking place tonight. NBC made a rather idiotic decision to air the show tape-delayed in the US, so many haven't seen this yet, but that's NBC's fault. One of the highlights of the show, envisioned by Boyle, came early on when James Bond himself escorted the Queen into the arena. It may sound weird, but in a move of Boyle brilliance, it opened with short video segment that lead to a helicopter arrival. It's worth watching.
Update: NBC has finally posted the video in full but it won't allow embedding - watch it via YouTube:
Everyone knows I am a huge James Bond fan, and this was awesome. That moment where the helicopter comes in and he parachutes out and the entire arena turned into the Union Jack actually gave me chills (it reminded me of some of the classic Bond opening scenes). Though this was all expected, considering Agent 007 is a very important part of England's pop culture history, I still enjoyed it quite a bit. The rest of the Opening Ceremony included more references to Harry Potter, the Beatles (plus Paul McCartney) and music throughout the ages. Be sure to watch the entire Danny Boyle ceremony when you can. I love that they put Bond in the Olympics like he is a real MI6 agent, with Her Majesty and all. Brilliant! Good work, Mr. Boyle.