The Oscar-winner revealed that the three-hour opening show – the details of which were a closely guarded secret until the last minute – was to be “a picture of us as a nation”.
The ceremony began with the Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins ringing of a 23-ton Olympic Bell, made in the same London foundry where Big Ben and Philadelphia’s Liberty Bell were founded. Its thunderous chime has echoed around the 80,000-seat Olympic Stadium.
The next scene showed Britain as a place of meadows, farms, sport on village greens, picnics and Winnie-the-Pooh, AA Milne’s fictional bear who has delighted generations of British children tucked warmly in bed, reports IBN Live.
The Slumdog Millionaire director paid attention to the industries that chanced the country in the 18th and 19th centuries, turning it into a world’s workshop leader and allowing Britons to build an empire that reshaped world history.
However, during the Industrial Revolution terrifying weapons were produced, and Boyle has built a moment of hush into his show to honor those killed in war.
The ceremony’s director has included in the performance the best British hero James Bond performed by Daniel Craig, and the spine-tingling soundtrack to “Chariots of Fire,” which showed a Scotsman and an Englishman at the 1924 Paris Games.
In a spoof sketch with James Bond the British monarch showed her sense of humor after she had parachuted out of a helicopter to reach her destination.
Harry Potter author J.K Rowling also appeared in the opening ceremony, paying tribute to Britain’s most beloved institutions — the National Health Service — with hundreds of nurses dancing alongside children in a large-scale choreographed routine, writes Celebuzz.
The opening show also mentioned the film “Chariots of Fire”, a movie which won Oscar and was celebrated along with other greatly loved British movies, including Gregory’s Girl. Mr Bean also put in an appearance.
Following that Boyle brought spectaculars back to the present, to a typical British Saturday night, showing mum and dad watching the TV, while the kids go out dancing and having fun. The scene symbolized Britain’s rich pop heritage, the internet and the triumph of true love.
The information about the person who would light the torch was kept in secret until the last minute and it became a surprise when seven teenage athletes lit copper petals – brought in by each of the 204 countries – which converged in spectacular fashion to form the cauldron in the middle of the Olympic Stadium.
Five-time gold medallist Steve Redgrave was honored to conclude the torch’s 8,000-mile journey round the country. One more famous local boy, David Beckham, transported the flame by speedboat under Tower Bridge to the stadium.
The moment became the culmination of the amazing ceremony which attracted one billion of people tuned in worldwide to witness what had been billed as the Greatest Show on Earth.
The list of celebrities, world leaders and member of the royal family attended the ceremony, included German chancellor Angela Merkel and Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.
Britain’s Prince William accompanied by wife Catherine and other European royals including Monaco’s Prince Albert also attended the amazing show.