The lights, the fireworks and the grandeur of the said 27 million pounds opening of the world’s most celebrated sports event, the Olympics, is one of those things that would make the world stop for that few hours to watch either on TV or via YouTube. But yet while many past opening ceremonies have always been about the arts and fancy spectacles, this year’s opening ceremony at the Olympic Stadium, London would be one to celebrate the rich British Popular Culture as well.
Certainly director Danny Boyle had pulled out all the stunts as everything that helped stamped Britain’s place in the world of popular culture was somehow perfectly woven into the program flow. From the everybody’s favourite nanny, Mary Poppins doing battle with Lord Voldemort, to a tribute to past television shows and recording artist, each segment of show was brilliantly planned. Oh and I’m sure that rare public appearance by J. K. Rowling reminded the world of the many great writers the country has produced.
Even Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth herself got in on the act together with the worlds most famous secret agent, 007. While there were initial rumours and talk about Daniel Craig making an appearance in the opening ceremony as Ian Fleming’s James Bond, who would have expected the scene of the real Queen and her very cute Corgis taking part as well!.
And if James Bond (who will be back on the big screen this year with Skyfall) is not enough, there is always the very talented Rowan Atkinson who gave a performance to remind the world why Mr Bean will always be one of the best laughs.
Part of a performance to pay tribute to the award wining 1981 film, Chariots of Fire, which remembers Eric Liddell who refuses to run 100m (his best) because it falls on a Sunday, Mr Bean once again showcased that his ability to make everyone laugh with just his crazy ethics.
But a tribute to the great contribution Britain has given to popular culture fans all over the world wouldn’t be complete without one for a great band who crossed that Abbey Road(street) zebra crossing, The Beatles. Closing a night to celebrate the grand history of Great Britain was none other than Sir Paul McCartney who gave a powerful rendition of the very iconic song, Hey Jude.
A night (or morning depending on which part of the world you live in) to remember, Danny Boyle certainly entertained the world with a spectacular opening ceremony to remember.