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London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony: Isles of Wonder (2012)

The world's best all-round sporting event returns in 2012. This time in London, and England's capital has a lot in store.

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The world's best all-round sporting event returns in 2012. This time in London, and England's capital has a lot in store.

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27 July 2012 (UK)  »

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Details of the 'Happy and Glorious' sequence were almost leaked as British papers reported that Daniel Craig was seen leaving Buckingham Palace with Danny Boyle. However, this was disputed as a April Fools joke since the story ran on the 1st of April and so was not believed by readers, leaving the ceremony a surprise. See more »


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Trampled Under Foot
Written by Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, and John Paul Jones
Performed by Led Zeppelin
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An iconic national moment and one that reinvents Olympic Opening Ceremonies
25 January 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Just as Los Angeles in 1984 invented the Olympic Opening Ceremony, then Danny Boyle's London 2012 reinvented it in so many ways. The first to have an all-star cast (Kenneth Branagh, Daniel Craig, Mike Oldfield, JK Rowling, Rowan Atkinson, Dizzy Rascal, Tim Berners Lee, the Arctic Monkeys, David Beckham, Paul MaCartney). The first to have filmed sequences (the thrilling opening journey up the Thames, James Bond meets the Queen at Buckingham Palace, Mr Bean dreams he's in Chariots of Fire, David Beckham delivers the Olympic torch by speedboat). The first to tell a story (the industrial revolution, the founding of the NHS, the digital revolution).

Like the Coronation in 1953, the World Cup Final in 1966, Live Aid in 1985 and Diana's funeral in 1997, it is one of those iconic British national moments that's likely to be remembered for decades to come.


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