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.
Reader Feedback - 23 Comments
Yeah, that was definitely one of the highlights of an opening ceremony that was a mixed bag.
Sean Kelly on Jul 27, 2012
Xerxexx on Jul 27, 2012
Wow, this was pretty lame!
Matt_Bacon on Jul 27, 2012
Jericho on Jul 27, 2012
That was a brilliant plug-in for the movie Skyfall but it would of been more hilarious to actually see Daniel Craig escort her to her seat but then again being the character James Bond is he would just fade into the crowd like a good spy would.
BinaryChaos on Jul 27, 2012
I don't think it's a plug at all. Danny Boyle is in love with all things Britain and James is just as much a part of it as the queen is. If it was a plug it would have been a little bit serious. Instead you have statues waving and fans going nuts. It's fanciful and cute...
Kento on Jul 27, 2012
Most Brits are in love with all things Britain.
Anne on Jul 29, 2012
Especially that Dam Busters reference at 3.00
jez on Aug 2, 2012
I agree, Boyle should have finished it by having Bond escort the queen to her seat. Personally though, I thought the Mr. Bean segment was funnier.
Hattori Hanzo on Jul 29, 2012
James Bond escorting the spoiled old bag into a sports arena. That's some lame ass shit right there. And Bond needs to lay off the shrooms....he's lusting after her corgis and seeing statues come alive.
Bobo_Vision on Jul 27, 2012
Don't really know what to think. It exist in this weird medium that few directors or stories try to touch. By that I mean the idea of James Bond being a real character, actually getting the queen, Winston Churchill as a statue waving, It reminds me of something along the lines of The Indian in the Cupboard where you have Robocop show up fghting a t-rex and darth vader. It really is the characters but it also isn't and there's a sense of magic to it. Or maybe A Night at the Museum... that kind of feeling.
Kento on Jul 27, 2012
Did they have to give the Queen a SAG card for this? Seriously, though, this is cool.
ikkf on Jul 27, 2012
Her tits have SAG cards...if you know what I mean. This comment will be thumbed down be fat nerds whose tits also have SAG cards.
Bobo_Vision on Jul 27, 2012
Let's not forget her vagina is haunted. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N_ESgHRI5HI
Carpola on Jul 28, 2012
What an asshole you are.
Fat Bastard on Jul 29, 2012
This was awesome
NeoSlyfer on Jul 27, 2012
I don't know. I thought it was kinda dumb.
guest on Jul 27, 2012
Missed it during the broadcast, got here after the video was removed. Good grief.
OfficialJab on Jul 28, 2012
Mr Billington, "considering Agent 007 is a very important part of England's pop culture history" Its British pop culture ok. As a Scot its bad enough when the English assume the UK is England. and since Bond was written by Ian Fleming, born of Scots descent!
macatae on Jul 28, 2012
"The uploader has not made this video available in your country." What the fuck? Screw the Corpora-net.
rennmaxbeta on Jul 29, 2012
I don' get it why always the rich get the spot light when they haven't done nothing and the poor doesn't as they do everything and deserves more attention and motivation to other people. The whole royals are bunch of puppets!!
KILLTHEPUPPETS on Jul 29, 2012
Other than being poor, what have the poor done to deserve more attention?
Sanka on Jul 29, 2012
The video seem to be removed, you can found it on http://www.theyoutubevideo.com/?videospeopleblog=opening_ceremony_the_olympics_2012_danial_craig_james_bond_007_and_the_queen
Josh on Aug 2, 2012
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