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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.


Danny Boyle
Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win & 5 nominations. See more awards »




Credited cast:
Darius Alexander Darius Alexander ... Pandemonium Drummer / Athlete Marshall
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kirstie Abbott Kirstie Abbott ... 60's Dancer
Afia Abusham Afia Abusham ... Tim Cast Dancer
Sarah Jane Adams Sarah Jane Adams ... Pandemonium Drummer / Athlete Marshall
Nona Ahamat Nona Ahamat ... Tim Cast Dancer
John Akanmu ... Tim Cast Dancer
Alister Albert ... Pandemonium Drummer / Athlete Marshall
Charlotte Aldhouse Charlotte Aldhouse ... Pandemonium Drummer / Athlete Marshall
Mehmet Ali Mehmet Ali ... Pandemonium Miner - Warrior
Bhanu Alley ... Pandemonium Miner - Warrior
Kate Andrews Kate Andrews ... Tim Cast Dancer
Layla Anna-Lee Layla Anna-Lee ... Self - Announcer
Veronica Apolinario Veronica Apolinario ... Pandemonium Drummer / Athlete Marshall
Arctic Monkeys ... Themselves
Toni Armiger Toni Armiger ... Pandemonium Drummer / Marshall


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 Suffragettes' air-time was unfortunately cut short during "Pandemonium". The cameras were focussed on Sir Kenneth Branagh as Brunel, waiting for flares surrounding him to ignite to mimic a photograph being taken. However, the flares failed and unknowingly, the cameras lingered on this character waiting for the light, rather than cutting to the Suffragettes as planned, leaving their dance reduced to the audiences at home. See more »


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An iconic national moment and one that reinvents Olympic Opening Ceremonies
25 January 2014 | by DesbUKSee 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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Release Date:

27 July 2012 (UK) See more »

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GBP27,000,000 (estimated)
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