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Or do you think McCartney could be a bit senile and said 'closing the opening' instead of 'opening the closing'? Him performing in the closing is a much ideal scenario and I always thought its a given he will be in there since its a celebration of British music theme and he was part of Beatles bla bla bla. Surprised they bumped him up a notch and have him in opening instead. I truly hope his hey Jude will be an off-camera post show thing. I can't bear to see that him a senior age guy singing that old song in such a prestigious, spirited ceremony aimed at celebrating the youth of the world. He doesn't belong there. Let it go.

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it will be the most boring opening ceremony after atlanta :S

Fly over for a visit. There were some wonderful moments, but also quite a few disorganized looking head-scratchers. It wasn't terrible, but I have yet to speak to anyone on this side of the pond who

I will always see Beijings as a celebration that the Chinese beat their drums to the same beat and Londons a celebration that we each beat our drums to very different beats. Im certainly not trying

hahaha, it's pretty bad when we're hoping the opening ceremony lead is senile and got the dates wrong.

I think there are far more modern displays of British music that would fit the opening ceremony.

Im thinking *Feel the Love* by Rudimental would be fantastic as a great energy packed soundtrack to end of opening ceremony fireworks. (or I guess closing)

Be interesting to see what they will use as the classic closing ceremony *gbye song*. I know it's very cliche , but ya gotta have one. Trying to think of some tracks from Brit Music back catalogue that would be appropriate.

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Guys - been for another rehearsal & am on again tomorrow morning (just as the fecking weather returns to pouring rain!) thank u god!

Was good today - we are creating a great show & hope you will all be wowed by it!

Am not posting to brag or to tease (and of course can't share what I know) but saw an amazing sequence today that will be done after the athletes have entered the stadium - it blew me & my colleagues (as well as those who are going to be doing it) away! I hope they pull it off because it's beautiful! Rest assured we are creating a great show for the world!

Flippant but serious point but I hope they rehearse you in the rain as well, just in case.

Dont kn ow if this has been discussed but just seen this on the Mirror website. What do you think of this then?

'James Bond star Daniel Craig will open the Games ceremony in true 007 style... with a daredevil leap into the Olympic Stadium from a helicopter.

Three choppers will swoop down the Thames and under London Bridge before heading to the Olympic Park in East London.

To the strains of the James Bond theme, Craig will drop into the stadium on a rope ladder as a billion people watch on worldwide.

The nail-biting action will follow a short film by Trainspotting film-maker Danny Boyle, the artistic director of the July 27 opening ­ceremony.

In the movie, called The Arrival, Bond visits ­Buckingham Palace by Royal Appointment to be told his latest ­mission is to launch the Games#

I first saw that reported on April Fools Day so took no notice of it - but it does seem to have been reported since too.

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"Thrilling and sacred" are not adjectives I've heard any of the creators ascribe to this ceremony concept.

Personally, I'm totally in favor of "thrilling and sacred," but I kind of suspect that we'll get something else. Loud and brassy? Warm and friendly? Quirky and hip (sort of)? Not quite sure, but I'm not holding my breath for thrilling and sacred.

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Is this part of the Bond sequence, either OC or pre-show. Filming took place today on the Thames

They are definitely flying in the right direction! Chopper through Tower Bridge indeed very Bond type of sequence. And from the time this was filmed, still quite bright beginning of sunset, I think we can be pretty sure that the Bond sequence will be an OC pre show. It will not be this bright if it was to open the show at 9pm

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"...with stirring sections commemorating the nation’s defeat of the Nazis, and the decisive role that it played, too, in the First World War.”

They 've got to be kidding...

It's all speculation - total speculation - with an element of truth -that's all I'll say

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Semi-interesting speculative piece from the Telegraph:

http://www.telegraph...or-Britain.html

27 million opening ceremony?

The opening and closing ceremonies budget was doubled to 81 million (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-16030785)

Means that the closing will cost 54?

Or is within this budget also the team welcome ceremonies, victory ceremonies and maybe also the torch relay?

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^^ I really hope that's just speculation or just the media trolling people. It would be really wtf to represent a political scene in an olympics ceremony, and maybe some german people would consider this of bad taste and feel offended.

Unless it's just a metaphorical way of showing that moment (kinda similar to the representation of the American Civil War at Atlanta '96 ceremonies by that storm cloud in the Summertime segment)

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There's hundreds of ways you could present that, from a full blown recreation of the Battle of Britain with Spitfires flying over the stadium at one extreme (unlikely) all the way through to a small but "stirring" moment in a timeline sequence of the History of Britian.

Don't forget also, the area the Olympic Park is in was one of the most devestated during World War II. The wars could simply be referenced in the context of the "regeneration" sequence. We know already there'll be a section about the land recovering from its indutrial past.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-16747032

I'm quite sure organisers are aware of obvious political sensitivities and won't do anything stupid.

It's all speculation - total speculation - with an element of truth -that's all I'll say

I wanna know!!! :(

No I don't! :lol:

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Close ups of the helicopter last night. Take a look at the helicopters graphics and tell me this isn't to do with the Olympics in some way : )

http://www.ianvisits...h-tower-bridge/

Apparently Danny Boyle was seen at the filming too, so I guess that settles it. Now is it part of the pre-show or actual show?

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27 million opening ceremony?

The opening and closing ceremonies budget was doubled to 81 million (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-16030785)

Means that the closing will cost 54?

Or is within this budget also the team welcome ceremonies, victory ceremonies and maybe also the torch relay?

The 81 million budget includes both ceremonies of the Paralympics...

Didnt Beijing open with Firework footsteps?

No. it was the second segment. The opening segment was the Fou drummers...

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Announced today: the BBC will be London 2012 Olympic Ceremonies Featured Film Producer. We'll make 2 short films for the Opening. #BBC2012

One of the BBC’s short films will be at the very start of the #Olympic Opening Ceremony – seen by a billion people worldwide. #BBC2012

https://twitter.com/#!/rogermosey

At 3 mills for danny boyle unveiling of how olympic stadium will look at opening ceremony

https://twitter.com/#!/jacquelinmagnay

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Danny Boyle unveils the opening ceremony set. It's a meadow, with real animals... The green and pleasant land.!!

https://twitter.com/#!/GordonFarquhar

http://yfrog.com/z/kgtn2dkxj

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Public mosh pit, glastonbury thor, live animals, river, cloud....... OMG.....

So the end stage is for a giant tree!!

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I am speechless..... I really take my hats off to Boyle. This is so quintessentially Britain there can be no other. Can you imagine the opening shot? Focusing on the villagers minding their sheeps and cows and picnicking.... like a real life scene in the countryside.....

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