Live Coverage of London Summer Olympics Opening Ceremony
About 80,000 spectators and VIPs, including about 80 world leaders Queen Elizabeth, Duke of Edinburgh and US First Lady Michelle Obama, packed Olympic Stadium for the show. The whole Extravaganza was organized for a whooping sum of 27 M British Pounds.
Presenting below the Live Coverage of the Event.You can also Watch the London Olympic Opening Ceremony live on Youtube
The opening ceremony begins with the newly-crowned Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins ringing of a 23-ton Olympic Bell, from the same London foundry that made Big Ben and Philadelphia’s Liberty Bell. Its thunderous chime has echoed around the 80,000-seat Olympic Stadium. The ringing of a giant bell made especially for the games ushers in what promises to be a quirky three-hour journey through British culture and history
The show kicked off with a film about the River Thames, followed by a countdown and the release of four balloons carrying the five Olympic rings to the edge of space.. Thousands of athletes were set to parade before 60,000 spectators, including Queen Elizabeth II and an A-list of global celebrities.
The show then shifted to a portrayal of Britain that Britons cling to – a place of meadows, farms, sport on village greens, picnics and Winnie-the-Pooh, AA Milne’s fictional bear who has delighted generations of British children tucked warmly in bed. But the British ideal – to quote poet William Blake, of “England’s green and pleasant land” – then takes a darker, grittier turn.
Boyle focused heavily on the industries that revolutionised Britain in the 18th and 19th centuries, turning it into the workshop of the world and giving Britons the might upon which they built an empire that reshaped world history. The Industrial Revolution also produced terrifying weapons, and Boyle built a moment of hush into his show to honor those killed in war.
Boyle has also laced the show with snippets from British cinema, including the actor Daniel Craig as James Bond, and the spine-tingling soundtrack to “Chariots of Fire,” which tells the story of a Scotsman and an Englishman at the 1924 Paris Games.
A helicopter hovers over the stadium to the James Bond theme. The Queen is received at the entrance of the stadium by the IOC president Jacques Rogge and, the Union Flag is raised.
The national anthem of the United Kingdom is performed. An ‘SOS segment’ is next, featuring NHS nurses, Mary Poppins. The 600 dancers are all NHS staff, with 320 beds, 32 carpet bags and 32 umbrellas are also in action.
A cameo by Mr Bean on keyboards as the London Symphony Orchestra perform the Chariots of Fire theme tune by Vangelis, from the film of the same name about Scotland’s own Eric Liddell.
A rollercoaster ride through the latter years of British music, and a nod to inventor of the world wide web, Tim Berners-Lee. Boyle had hinted that he would be paying tribute to the creator of the internet and has stayed true to his word.
A chance to remember those who lost their lives in the 7/7 terror attacks in London in 2005, the day after the city was awarded this year’s Olympics. David Bekham arrives holding Olympic Torch in a Speed Boat across the river Thames.
And the athletes take to the arena, in the team parade. Greece followed by Brazil and China
Now The Queen declares The Olympic Games open. Some nice retro trumpet fanfare. And then more fireworks. I mean, we have all seen fireworks before, but these aer pretty sweet.
The Olympic oath is taken by taekwondo’s Sarah Stevenson on behalf of the athletes. Now it is taken on behalf of all the judges by, erm, a boxing judge, probably the sport most famous for its hookey officiating. Still, onwards and upwards. That’s boxing official Mik Basi who took it; and now and canoe coach Eric Farrel on behalf of all the coaches.
Finally Seven Young Athletes lighting up the Olympic Flame.The identity of who was to light the symbolic flame was shrouded in secrecy ahead of the ceremony. The group of seven, chosen by British Olympic champions, each lit a single tiny flame on the ground, igniting 204 petals, one for each competing nation or territory.
Alltogether, this Olympic Opening Ceremony would be remembered for many important happenings. Pink Floyd playing when the caludron was lit. Beckham on his speed boat. The Queen meets James Bond. Chris Hoy waving the flag. The brilliant design of the caludron. Tim Berners-Lee on the stage behind a simple computer. The depiction of the Industrial Revolution. The medley of great music in that little suburban house. Wiggo ringing the bell.