Queen Elizabeth Takes
Apparently the whole thing was the queen's idea too, according to the U.K. Sun — she even personally extended an invitation to Craig. It doesn't hurt that he has a new bond movie — Skyfall — to promote along with it. Product placement at its finest.
The 2012 Opening Ceremonies was a spectacular affair directed by Slumdog Millionaire creator Danny Boyle and included countless references to Britain-born pop culture, including a performance from Sir Paul McCartney and Rowan Atkinson's Mr. Bean. The gritty ceremonies also included elaborate nods to Britain's rich history with references to British fairy tales — and actor Kenneth Branagh even recited lines from William Shakespeare's The Tempest.
Also, David Beckham arrived in a speedboat.
The Opening Ceremonies might have lacked the methodical perfection of the 2008 Beijing Ceremonies, but it was perfectly imperfect — and we wouldn't have wanted it any other way.
Boyle seemed happy with the outcome too, tweeting "proud to be British" as the Ceremonies winded down.
Let the Games begin!