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Actor Rowan Atkinson, known for his role as Mr. Bean, performs during the opening ceremonies of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium July 27, 2012. (KAI PFAFFENBACH/REUTERS)
Actor Rowan Atkinson, known for his role as Mr. Bean, performs during the opening ceremonies of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium July 27, 2012. (KAI PFAFFENBACH/REUTERS)

London 2012

The 4 best moments of the opening ceremony Add to ...

1. The Queen meets James Bond
"The Queen has been waiting for 60 years for Daniel Craig to come and get her. That's her real Jubilee present," tweeted The Globe's Elizabeth Renzetti.
In a video segment, Daniel Craig's James Bond arrives at Buckingham Palace to collect her Majesty for a helicopter ride to the Olympic Stadium.
"Good evening, Mr. Bond," the Queen says coolly.
The video has everything - corgis, sweeping views of London and even a (fake) parachuting Queen dropping in on the stadium.
"This is, to my knowledge, the first action film that Queen Elizabeth II has agreed to star in," noted The Globe's Doug Saunders on Twitter.

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2. The athletes enter Olympic Stadium
A stirring moment for any Olympian, and for wannabe Olympians watching along at home. Canadian flagbearer Simon Whitfield proudly lead Team Canada into the stadium (and tweeted along the way too).
Globe reader Susan Gapka was moved by the entrance of Caster Semenya. The middle-distance runner won silver at last year's worlds, and made headlines a couple of years ago when she was forced to take a test to confirm her gender.

"A chill coupled with tears of joy for #CasterSemenya carrying the #SouthAfrican flag to lead their contingent," Ms. Gapka tweeted.

3. Abide With Me
Singer Emeli Sandé's rendition of the hymn "Abide with Me," written by Anglican Henry Francis Lyte from Scotland in 1847, resonated with Globe readers on Twitter. A moving, quiet moment to balance out the zany British stylings of Danny Boyle's colourful show.

4. Mr. Bean lights up Chariots of Fire
Forty-six per cent of Globe readers following our liveblog voted Rowan Atkinson's appearance as their favourite moment of the night. Globe correspondents agreed about the comedian's appearance in a skit about Chariots of Fire. The 1981 film won the Oscar for Best Picture, and takes place during the 1924 Games in Paris.
Globe reporter James Mirtle watched the ceremony at an English pub, and tweeted that the crowd assembled "dies laughing at arrival of Mr. Bean. Loudest they've been all night."
And The Globe's Jeff Blair agreed.  "I'd pay to see Mr. Bean pull off the Xmas turkey thing again," he tweeted.

 

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